install ubuntu without CD-rom drive?

Tod Merley todbot88 at
Wed Sep 6 13:38:37 UTC 2006

On 9/6/06, JeremyWorst <ulist at> wrote:
> Matt,  did you ever get this to work?  I have a Toshiba Portege 3110ct
> also, and have concerns about trying to get Ubuntu loaded onto it.
> Mine was given to me with Windows NT loaded, but I wasn't given a
> userid or password so that OS was basically unusable for me.  Ubuntu
> would be perfect if I could get it loaded *AND* it would recognize the
> CD-ROM drive.  I haven't tried the suggestions already posted here yet;
> I haven't had time.
> If anybody else has any suggestions or comments, they would be
> appreciated.
> Jeremy
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Hi  Jeremy!

Obtain an external USB drive, put Ubuntu on it, place it as first
choice in the boot order (in the CMOS setup).  Drive not in, boots
normal, drive in the USB port, boots Linux.

For a quick Linux fix you could also use a simple flash drive.  If
under 700MB use Puppy Linux, could use almost any live CD at a gig,
probably cool performance at 2G and you need nothing else (once you
automount parts of your existing HD) at 4G (probably you could make
the 1G enviornment work this way with a bit of tweeking).  I recently
obtained a 1G flash drive for $25.00 U.S. and friends have told me of
$15.00 U.S.

Re-looking at your post:

A. You do not care to save the OS currently on the Drive??
B. Linux has trouble with your CD drive??

Regarding "A" you can make the OS go away when you install.

Regarding "B" try "linux noapic" or "linux nolapic" or "linux
apci=off" or "linux noapci"  when you see the first screen brought up
by the live CD.

Just in case, in order to boot from a CD it must be the first choice
to boot from in the boot order chosed in the CMOS setup utility (watch
the screen when you turn the computer on looking for something like
"Press F2 to enter setup".

Good Hunting!


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