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Madonnas BoyToy
March 15th, 2010, 08:52 PM
I've got an old computer that I want to install Ubuntu on. The CD drive is old, and gives multiple error messages at different times throughout the install. I'm pretty sure that the CD itself is fine because it's been used to install to other systems. What I want to know is, once the CD Installer Menu is displayed, is it possible to change the installer commands to load the components from a USB instead? (PC BIOS are seemingly too outdated to boot from USB) Or is there another method that could be used to boot from a USB?

March 15th, 2010, 09:00 PM
Hi there!

1. Don't "guess" whether the CD is good or not. Use the "check CD for errors" option so you'll know for sure.
2. Check that your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements:

Recommended minimum requirements

Ubuntu should run reasonably well on a computer with the following minimum hardware specification. However, features such as visual effects may not run smoothly.

* 700 MHz x86 processor
* 384 MB of system memory (RAM)
* 8 GB of disk space
* Graphics card capable of 1024x768 resolution
* Sound card
* A network or Internet connection
3. If not, maybe try a distro like Puppy designed for older hardware
4. Sorry but I don't know how to boot from USB if your BIOS won't allow it. :( Maybe check a site like www.pendrivelinux.com for more info.