How to install Ubuntu with no bootable drive?

By Equimine.co.uk ·
I want to install Ubuntu onto an old Dell Latitude laptop. The problem is the XP Pro has a User Account that the password has been altered on, there is no CD drive and it seems as if it is not possible to boot from a flash drive.

Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

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network boot

by bebbet In reply to How to install Ubuntu wit ...

You can always try to network boot or PXE boot your laptop, there are many guides on how to accomplish that for linux. You will need a second machine to act as a pxe/dhcp server for a while (or vitual machine).

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by a.portman In reply to How to install Ubuntu wit ...

You should be able to change the BIOS to allow usb boots. Ebay may have a cd drive for it.

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Virtualize your machine

by remeeder In reply to How to install Ubuntu wit ...

I installed the Ubuntu (lucid Lynx) OS on my PC hosting a Windows XP home. How? I downloaded a free virtualization software and installed the Ubuntu. So I have a Windows XP OS and an Ubuntu inside it.

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