install ubuntu without CD-rom drive?

Melissa Draper melissa at
Fri Sep 8 15:18:53 UTC 2006

JeremyWorst wrote:
> Tod,
> The laptop, a Toshiba 3110ct ultraportable, has an external CD drive
> connected via a PCMCIA card, and CMOS provides no option to boot from
> CD drive. It allows boot from floppy, Hard drive, and LAN, only. I
> followed the instructions for netboot, trying to set up a DHCP server
> on my Win XP Home desktop. I thought I set everything up correctly on
> the desktop, and the laptop dutifully looked for it at bootup but never
> found it, the laptop never showed up on tftpd32.exe. I do have Windows
> ME installed on it right now but would like to get rid of Windows
> completely. The hard drive is too small for more than one OS. I'm
> looking into installing form floppies. Any other ideas?
> Jeremy
If possible, connect the harddrive to a machine that does have a cd
drive (you may need a 2.5" to 3.5" connector but they are cheap),
install ubuntu then move the harddrive back to the laptop, boot and
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg. You may need to dpkg-reconfigure other
things as well. I know this process -can- work as I have done it.

Melissa Draper

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