need help installing ubuntu to new hard drive

Panasonic / Cf-27
November 4, 2009 at 05:16:01
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i bought a used panasonic cf-27 toughbook off ebay. i knew when i did that it would probably need a new hard drive, so i got one, 30gb. when it arrived, i pulled the old hard drive and put in the new one. now i'm trying to install an os. a couple of people have recommended linux, so i downloaded ubuntu linux and burned it to a cd. i thought it would be as simple as hooking an external dvd-rom to the usb port on the toughbook and resetting bios to boot from cd, but i was wrong. the external dvd-rom gets power but nothing else happens. what am i doing wrong (probably everything ;) ), and what do i need to do to get ubuntu loaded on this thing?

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November 4, 2009 at 05:23:57
look...if the dvd-rom has been detected in BIOS, you probably do wrong the following:

- You should manually set the BIOS to boot from a cd --- reseting will set it to boot from a floppy

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November 4, 2009 at 05:59:25
You should be asking in the Linux forum.

IMO, Ubuntu is NOT the best choice for a newb. Although it has been getting a huge push lately, there are much better choices available...Mint Linux for example. Mint is based on Ubuntu but is more user friendly & comes with a lot of additional software this is NOT included in Ubuntu.

Assuming you can configure your ToughBook to boot from a USB device & you have a big enough USB thumbdrive, use UNetbootin to create a bootable Ubuntu installation:

EDIT: I just looked up the specs for your Toughbook. Even if you max out the RAM at 320MB (64MB onboard + 256MB in RAM slot), it will not run Ubuntu well. I suggest you look for a more lightweight Linux distro such as Puppy or Damn Small Linux, IF you can figure out how to install them.

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November 4, 2009 at 07:03:55
Did you download Ubuntu 9.10? If you didn't, you should, as it's the latest version and it installs easily. It can be installed along side windows or within windows where you can boot to either op system during start up. It's more user friendly than the older versions and has more features. It has it's own partitioning software during installation that is also very user friendly. PJ

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November 4, 2009 at 11:53:10
"It's more user friendly than the older versions and has more features"

It doesn't matter how user friendly it is...if his ToughBook doesn't meet the system requirements (& it doesn't), it will run like crap.

Ubuntu 9.10 system requirements

I suggest you stick with Win98SE or if you want to experiment with Linux, Puppy or Damn Small would be the way to go.


Damn Small

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November 4, 2009 at 12:01:04
In the past, I have downloaded ubuntu live cd.

run the live cd, there might be an option on the desktop to install
to the hard drive.

UK MP's are thieving scumbags.
EU members are worse.

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November 4, 2009 at 15:54:07
His ToughBook doesn't have enough RAM to run Ubuntu. Besides that, the ToughBook has no CD drive so he's using an external, but the laptop is too old to support booting from USB.

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November 4, 2009 at 16:16:52
If you create a puppy cd, you can use it and a computer with internet access, to create a boot floppy. How much ram does it have?


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November 5, 2009 at 04:39:30
thanks for all the suggestions, i appreciate the info. from what i gather, a different linux distro and maybe loading win98 first seems to me to be the best options to try. thanks again for taking the time to help.

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