Installation on notebook with no OS or optical drive
The Toshiba R100 notebook I just purchased on Ebay is an ultraportable and doesn't include an optical drive---and also doesn't include an OS. How can I install any version of Linux on it?
I don't personally own a USB optical drive or USB flash memory key, but I'm sure the latter will be very easy to borrow from someone in my dorm. I do own a HDD-based music player (Archos Gmini 402 camcorder) that Windows recognizes as a hard drive. My XP desktop won't boot due to some hard drive problems, and I can use the new laptop my friend left over here until one of these computers gets back on its feet. How can I use any of these to install Linux? Would it be possible to boot from the USB flash key? or from my music player? Does the BIOS work that way?
I don't think I need any specific distro of Linux at the moment. Just anything to get me up and running so I can install a more permanent distribution.
I am brand-spanking new to Linux. I also don't actually have the laptop in my possession yet. When I said I -just- bought it, I meant it--it should arrive postally in a few days. This should just illustrate how stoked I am about finally getting into Linux!
This review contains the R100's specifications, at the bottom.
Thank you, kind persons.