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My laptop does not have cdrom, nor floppy,. and it can't even boot from network. I don't want to buy an usb cdrom. My laptop currently has winxp on it. ...
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    Unhappy how to install mandriva onto my laptop (no cdrom,no floppy)?


    My laptop does not have cdrom, nor floppy,. and it can't even boot from network. I don't want to buy an usb cdrom.

    My laptop currently has winxp on it. and i know how to partition hdd.

    Is there anyway to install mandriva ?? (well, other distro are fine ...as long as i can install some linux) Is there a way have all the linux files on my partition and let it boot from there to install??

    btw, i am newbie to linux too.

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    interesting question...
    well, afaik there are a couple of minimalized linux distros that were designed to run from a bootable usb stick.
    as for mandriva i don't really think there's a chance to get it working from a usb drive, the same is prob true for the other major distros (since i'm a suse man, i know that there are problems with that distro for instance).
    however, you might wanna check out those links
    knoppix
    feather linux
    SPB linux
    debian sarge

    cheers,
    dcmah
    ~

    ps no floppy, no cdrom/dvd?? that's...unusual...

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    mandriva w/o floppy or cd/dvd

    You might be able to copy the install cds/isos to xp/windows partion-not the one being installed to- and tell installer to install from the isos. Here is slackware install FAQ answer to How do I install from ISO9660 image:http://www.slackware.com/faq/do_faq....installation#1. Just scroll down questions until correct one. Mandriva people I am sure can give you details. CD/dvd players are so cheap. As long as bios supports usb booting,why make it so tough?Even flash drives will work. Good luck.

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