Run Linux via usb without hard drive and cd drive?

  robbo1987 11:32 06 Jan 2011

Hi, I have got an old dell 400 laptop that has no floppy, hard drive or cd drive. I have no experience with linux but im just wondering if it is at all possible to boot and run a linux package like ubuntu from a usb pen drive without the cd and hdd?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:24 06 Jan 2011

First thing to check is if the laptop will boot from USB.

Some older ones will only boot from a USB floppy drive not a memory stick so you have to fool the machine into seeing the memory stick as a floppy drive.

Unbuntu on USB click here

  dms_05 13:33 06 Jan 2011

Good advice. Another Linux worth looking at is click here if you are interested in 'cloud' computing. I'm currently running it from a USB stick but my netbook allows booting from USB devices.

  LastChip 19:43 06 Jan 2011

In order to run Linux live, you need a reasonable amount of RAM and if it's a really old computer, how much has it got?

Puppy Linux may be one of your better bets, but without knowing the specs and as Fruitbat/\O/\ has already mentioned about booting from USB, it's impossible to provide a sensible answer.

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