View Full Version : [ubuntu] How to install Ubuntu on laptop without working OS/CD/USB

September 21st, 2008, 11:56 PM
How do I install Ubuntu on an old laptop which doesn't have working CD, no USB boot and NO WORKING (any) OS.
I am new to Ubuntu or Linux (with no network experience).

Can I install Ubuntu on a new hard drive from other working PC (window or ubuntu) and then transfer that hard drive to my old laptop?
Will it work? If it works, how can I do?

PS.I post the same message a few minutes ago but the title was not obvious about asking help.

September 22nd, 2008, 01:01 AM
you might try this http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=350651.

I am having trouble with the mirror sites you might have better luck.

September 22nd, 2008, 01:05 AM
Sorry I don't have floppy either... My laptop don't have option to boot from floppy too...

Ng Oon-Ee
September 22nd, 2008, 09:28 AM
Sounds like there's no way for your computer to read any data.

No CD/USB/floppy means no physical data access.

No OS means no internet access available.

The only other option I can think of is perhaps using a network boot (have never tried that, but remember seeing options for that in my BIOS).

September 22nd, 2008, 09:47 AM
Try looking in the bios for a network install option (pxe).
If I remember what tutorial I used it will post a link.
This isn't the one I used but it may help:
You will need a second pc running Linux, the install may appear to hang but just leave it in the conner and it will install.
The other alternative is if you have a laptop with a cd drive swap the hard drives, if you do it this way you have to be careful not to damage any of the pins on the connectors

September 23rd, 2008, 10:50 PM
Thank... I think.. CD sweap would be the easiest way for me... I will try it.