Want to Install Ubuntu on an old laptop

Sony / Pcg-k15
April 20, 2010 at 23:12:19
Specs: Windows XP
Alright guys, need some help. I am trying to
install Ubuntu 9.10 on my gf's old Sony Vaio
PCG-K15 laptop. It will not let me run
Windows XP which was originally installed on
it, because of error: "load needed DLLs for
kernel". The cd-rom drive doesn't work. I tried
booting from an usb drive from the BIOS menu
and it doesn't seem to want to work. BIOS is a
PhoenixBIOS version R0104X1. No floppy drive
available. The only option I would think I have
is to install it from my home network. On my
home network I have an Acer laptop running
windows 7 and a Dell desktop running XP.
Have no clue how to do this. Any ideas?

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#1
April 21, 2010 at 08:19:25
"The cd-rom drive doesn't work." is it damaged or your BIOS will simply not recognize it?

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#2
April 21, 2010 at 14:00:08
It's damaged. Try to eject and the whole tray falls out. I don't
know if it was damaged from a drop or just yanked out. I still see
the gold ribbon connector thing on it and the one inside seems to
still be in good shape. Not sure how to open the thing up
though. Any other options? Thanks.

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#3
April 21, 2010 at 15:44:02
Oh yuk then yes you will either need to install from a PXE network Server, a Flash Drive or an External CD-ROM. To do a PXE server over the network you have to have something like Server 2003 or a Linux Server then setup your PXE boot in your BIOS to point to that server.

http://linux-sxs.org/internet_servi...

I would just get an external CD-ROM if it was me.


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#4
April 21, 2010 at 16:09:42
I tried the USB flash and it didn't recognize it, there doesn't
seem to be an option in my bios to boot from it. it has 4
options to boot from I believe. Optical Drive, Floppy Disk
Drive, Hard Disk Drive, Network. There are no sub-categories
under any of those, except the HDD, to tell the BIOS to boot
from USB. I put the OS Setup for Ubuntu on my USB stick
using USB Universal Installer from Linuxpendrive.com. If it
won't recognize the USB stick, does that mean it won't
recognize a USB CD-ROM drive? Power is supplied to the
port because my usb stick lit up when I plugged it in, so I
know that's not the problem. Maybe I can make a virtual drive
out of my usb stick and it'll recognize it as a cd-rom drive?

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