View Full Version : [SOLVED] Install from USB using old bios?

September 27th, 2009, 11:33 PM
Hi, I'd like to install ubuntu from a USB drive on an old computer, but either the bios doesn't support it, or it is too tricky to implement.

Is there another way to install from USB? Like using a floppy disk to mount the usb drive?


September 27th, 2009, 11:43 PM
If your BIOS doesn't support booting from USB, you can try the PLoP Boot Manager (http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager.html).

September 28th, 2009, 01:38 AM
It took me about a month trying to solve this. I tried PLoP, but it didn't work. I tried many other floppy based boot-loaders that claimed to be able to boot a USB drive. None of them worked except for Kexec-Loader (http://www.solemnwarning.net/kexec-loader/).

I wrote a tutorial to explain how to do it:


September 28th, 2009, 01:36 PM
Can you boot from CD? USB Boot CD (http://www.pendrivelinux.com/usb-boot-cd-for-ubuntu-810/)

November 18th, 2009, 02:53 AM
I ran into trouble with the USB Boot CD, and at that point I just installed Ubuntu from CD. So problem not solved, but sidestepped.

November 18th, 2009, 05:21 AM
One thing about USB on an old PC that is unable to boot to it, is that it may also be USB 1.0 which would be incredibly slow. I tried to boot from a live 9.10 USB stick that normally takes about 65 seconds to boot, and it got past the language and boot menu, but I gave up on it before it got to color splash. The PC also only had 256 MB RAM, so that may have also been an issue.