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September 4th, 2010, 09:57 PM
Ok, I have been given an ancient Dell Optiplex GX150. It has 256mb of ram, a 20GB HDD, a 1GHZ Celeron processor, an external USB DVD drive and no internal CD/DVD drive. It does not support booting from a USB device. It does, however, have a floppy disk drive.

I was thinking that this would make an ideal machine for playing with Ubuntu Server on. So here is my problem, I have no way of effectively install the OS on the machine, it currently has Windows XP on it. I am aware I can boot the machine from a floppy disk and then installing the OS. But I have a single solitary working floppy disk. Is there a way that I can boot from that single disk and access the USB CD drive to install Ubuntu Server?

Thanks in advance.

September 4th, 2010, 10:47 PM
Also, I'd actually be happy if I could get something as simple as Xubuntu running on it.