How to install new Ubuntu without a CD

Peter Flynn peter at
Thu Aug 23 20:10:55 UTC 2018

On 23/08/18 19:04, Robert Heller wrote:
> At Thu, 23 Aug 2018 08:42:11 -0700 "Ubuntu user technical support,  not for general discussions" <ubuntu-users at> wrote:
>> I have an old laptop that I keep running because it helps me with some
>> voluteer work I do.  I want to install Ubuntu on it, but the way I'm used
>> to involved burning a CD or DVD, and its media reader no longer functions.

I don't know what a "media reader" is, but I take this to mean that USB 
is not functioning, or there is no USB port.

You can get a card with two USB ports on and insert that (I threw one 
out last week, sorry).

> Can this machine boot from a USB stick?

You may need to enable USB boot in the BIOS first.

> Can this machine boot from a network (PXE)?

If it has a network card that could work.

> I believe it is possible to put the Ubuntu install ISO on a USB stick.

Very easy: I do this all the time.


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