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Run Ubuntu w/o a hardrive


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#1 frankyn00

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 10:02 PM

Hey everyone,
I have an old Sony Vaio laptop I want to install ubuntu on. However, I don't have a hardrive for it. Can I still run ubuntu off of it using the live CD or do I still need a hardrive for it to work?

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 11:48 PM

You can run it from the LiveCD, but you will not be able to install it to the laptop.
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Posted 17 June 2010 - 03:33 AM

Hey everyone,
I have an old Sony Vaio laptop I want to install ubuntu on.


Make sure you have at least 512 megs of ram, 1 or 2 gigs is better or it will run very slowlly on a live CD.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 03:48 AM

If your lappy is really old and doesn't meet the RAM requirements of an Ubuntu LiveCD, then there are other more light weight LiveCD Linuxes like Damn Small Linux and PuppyLinux.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 08:11 PM

Another lightweight Linux that I have some recent experience with is wattos. My daughter has been running it (albeit, from a small hard disk) in a 128 MB laptop. It's based on Ubuntu and is being updated.

Depending on what you want to do with your laptop you might still find a hard drive to be useful. You won't be able to make changes to your Live CD that will survive reboots. Even a very small hard drive could be very handy.

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 09:10 PM

Another vote for PuppyLinux, if you are low on system resources. :thumbsup:

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Also check out Slax.

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 03:24 PM

Thanks everyone for all your input.
I do have 512megs of RAM in the system.
Here's what I've done so far, I've downloaded the Ubuntu file and burned the image of it to a CD. On the laptop I've set the boot order so the optical drive is first. However, when I pop the disk in and restart it I get 'Operating System not found.' So am I doing something wrong.
I have yet to try puppylinux, and I'm about to do it right now

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 03:33 PM

Are you absolutely sure that the boot order has the CD s being read first? That's the error message I got before I reset the boot order in my netbook's bios.

Otherwise, how did you burn the image to the CD? Are you sure you have a valid image?

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 03:42 PM

The boot tab of my BIOS reads from top to bottom optical drive, floppy disk drive, Network, and Hard Disk Drive.
I just enabled network boot but i get a 'media test fail' along with 'OS not found'

I used ImgBurn to burn the ISO image. The same program verified that the image was good.

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 03:50 PM

Make sure that when you burn the ISO file, you are using a proper ISO burner. ISO files can't just be burned to a CD like other files can, they have to be processed through a special burning program. There are tons of free ISO burners out there. See here for a tutorial: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/write-a-cd-dvd-image-or-iso/

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 10:32 PM

I'm pretty sure my liveCD is good, I ran it on my computer and it worked fine

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 02:19 AM

Well, if you're sure of the boot order, and you know the LiveCD is good, how sure are you that the CD drive is good?




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