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Skivache
September 19th, 2008, 03:54 AM
I have an older Dell Latitude notebook I would like to install ubuntu server on, but it doesn't have a cd-rom drive. I have tried using UNetbootin to make a bootable USB drive, but the installation fails on the "Detect and mount CD-ROM" step.

I would like to know if there is any other way to install ubuntu server that doesn't involve a cd. I do not want to run the installer on another machine as I want all the hardware to be detected in the original laptop.

Thanks for the help.

Skivache
September 19th, 2008, 05:25 AM
I found this guide for installing ubuntu from a usb drive.https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick

When I run these commands:

#
mkdir /cdrom /dev/cdroms
#
cd /dev/cdroms
#
ln -s ../sda1 cdrom0 (where sda1 is your USB stick)
#
mount -t vfat /dev/cdroms/cdrom0 /cdrom
or
mount -t vfat /dev/hda3 /cdrom

I get a message saying

vfat not found in file /etc/fstab

What can I do to make this work?

Sef
September 19th, 2008, 06:13 AM
Did you follow these directions (https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/installation-guide/i386/boot-usb-files.html)?

Skivache
September 22nd, 2008, 07:18 AM
Yes, I did follow the instructions on making the flash bootable and did copy all the files. It turns out I needed to add a line to the fstab file about how to open/mount the filesystem.

Now im running ubuntu server :guitar: