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Laptop with CD/DVD doesn't work, want to install linux

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Laptop with CD/DVD doesn't work, want to install linux

dwyeredward1
I have an HP dv6707us with a CD/DVD player that does not work. I replaced it with a new one and it is recognized now, but still it does not read any discs so it seems to be a MB problem. I'm not trying to deal with it any longer. I am selling as is. Here is my question. Is there a way to install linux FROM an external USB hard drive (NOT a flash drive)? Before anyone asks or suggests 20 different things, I know I can do this or that ie. get an external CD ROM, but that is not an option for me. So if anyone knows of a way using what I have, please help me and let me know how. Thanks.