View Full Version : [ubuntu] 8.04 install on Laptop w/o CDROM

May 19th, 2008, 01:04 AM
I have an ultra-portable Dell Latitude L400 that I previously ran 7.10 on. I upgraded to 8.04 and the install failed to run XWindows. The problem is that I don't have a bootable CDROM drive. I have tried putting the hard drive in another laptop to do the install and then puting that HD back into the L400. If I do that, I still can't get XWindows to run. I can get into the recovery console. I tried to repair XWindows, no joy.

Advice? Should I try the alternate CD (still swaping the HD into the 2nd laptop).

Thanks in advance for helping out a newby.

May 19th, 2008, 01:15 AM
What about trying NetBoot (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/Netboot) if it works with you.

May 20th, 2008, 02:00 PM
Thank you,

I have looked at the requirements to setup a linux DHCP server, and beleive that is beyond my current capabilities. Does anyone have another suggestion?

May 20th, 2008, 02:13 PM
If you have a flash memory usb stick bigger than 750 meg lying about, and your computer can boot from usb, then its pretty simple


Give that a go, If you can't boot from usb things are going to be a lot trickier :s

Check your bios options to see if it offers usb devices as a boot option (I think usb-hdd is the best bet although I believe usb-zip sometimes can work)

Hope thats helpful

May 20th, 2008, 03:22 PM
if your computer cant boot from the usb then you should try getting a removable cd drive

that usually works