run cdrom with no os (hdd) installed wants boot device

January 11, 2015 at 03:24:54
Specs: old pc no HDD want to install linux
old tower pc no HDD want to install linux error message 'no boot device found' Trying to install Linux from a Distro.

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#1
January 11, 2015 at 05:19:12
You won't be able to "install" any OS without a hard drive, but you could still run a live distro from CD (if the machine's BIOS will allow you to look for the CD first):

http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview...

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#2
January 13, 2015 at 18:39:47
As stated above, you can't install Linux without a HDD but you can run it directly from a CD (or DVD). However, the boot order must be configured correctly in the BIOS & the disc must be created properly.

"Trying to install Linux from a Distro"

I don't know what that's supposed to mean? There are literally 100's of different versions (aka "distros") of Linux. They are generally downloadable as ISO image files. The contents of the ISO need to be extracted & burned to a disc using the appropriate software, such as ImgBurn. If you simply copy the ISO file to a disc without properly extracting the files, you will not be able to boot from it.

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#3
February 6, 2015 at 02:40:37
As stated above, you can't install Linux unless you have a hard drive, but you can run it from a DVD. You just need to set up your boot order in BIOS to boot from the DVD-ROM. Here are the steps:

Changing the boot order in BIOS


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#4
March 11, 2015 at 17:13:25
If you don't manage to work out what key to get into BIOS from #3 then watch the screen while the computer is starting. It usually says which key you use to enter setup (which is BIOS). You only get a short time to press it.

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