use USB CD-ROM to install Linux

July 13, 2005 at 23:30:13
Specs: None, Pentium 3, 64Mb

Hi, I have a problem here.
I want to install Slackware on my notebook.
My cdrom in notebook is not working.
I have to use a external USB CD-ROM, and it won't boot.

Is there a way to boot with a minimal linux kernel on floppy with the necessary kernel modules to detect and mount the USB CD-ROM?

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July 19, 2005 at 01:08:56

Are you able to boot any bootable CDROMs from the USB drive (eg a windoze CD)? Check in your BIOS to see whether your notebook supports booting from USB....

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July 21, 2005 at 04:01:50


it's a 5 1/2 years old notebook

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July 21, 2005 at 04:08:11

I have said that in my first post, haven't I?

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July 21, 2005 at 04:33:58

Not sure if you meant that the CD wouldn't boot or if the laptop is unable to boot from USB. Not sure if it will help but there is a version of slackware called zipslack which you can boot from a zip drive....never tried a USB cdrom myself before.

Here's a couple of links that might help too:
Booting Knoppix from a USB Pendrive via Floppy
Booting a "Live CD" image without a CD

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July 21, 2005 at 20:19:48

the laptop is unable to boot from USB!

also I don't have zip drive

the links are great, I will try them out, and tell you the results.

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