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cantlin
September 14th, 2008, 11:24 PM
Hiya. I am terribly new. I need to install Ubuntu on a tiny laptop I recently acquired. It has no CD or floppy drive - though I do have an external USB CD drive which I can access but not boot from - and no internet connectivity. The machine is currently running a Kubuntu distribution that I would like to replace.

Is InstallationFromLinux (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromLinux) the best method? If so, could someone recommend a way of doing it without gpacked (which I can find no trace of), or provide an idiot-proof explanation of how to get gpacked up and working on there? I'd be very grateful for any insights you can offer.

doctorbighands
September 14th, 2008, 11:47 PM
Would this (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick) be an option for you?

I've never attempted an installation from within Linux, so I can't comment on that.

Gannon8
September 14th, 2008, 11:48 PM
If you cannot boot from a USB CD drive I doubt you can boot from a USB Hard drive/stick. Try a network install.

doctorbighands
September 15th, 2008, 12:00 AM
Could booting from USB simply be a matter of changing settings in BIOS? Something to check, anyway.

Information on a network install: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/Netboot

cantlin
September 15th, 2008, 01:03 AM
Would this (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick) be an option for you?

Possible. Little cynical about the chances of it working (considering USB CD drive doesn't), but it might be my only option.


Try a network install.

No ethernet either! ;)


Could booting from USB simply be a matter of changing settings in BIOS?

Boot order looks right. Anything I should check besides that?

halitech
September 15th, 2008, 01:06 AM
only other option I can think of is to put the drive in a laptop with a working cdrom or internet connection and install it on there then move it back to the original laptop

doctorbighands
September 15th, 2008, 01:14 AM
Boot order looks right. Anything I should check besides that?

It isn't necessarily a matter of the boot order (although that makes a difference, of course). With some BIOS, you have to hunt through and enable an option along the lines of "allow boot from USB device." Depending on the age and complexity of your BIOS, you may or may not have this option.