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Old 06-18-2008, 06:09 PM   #1
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I have an old Dell Laptop with no hard drive and no battery, I have the AC plug and all that fun stuff and I can plug the computer in so that it has power...

I haven't tried to push any buttons, but what's the point without a HD?

Anyway, I have an external HD and I'm wondering if I could boot the Dell from the external HD? is it possible?

If not I'm just going to cough up the $60 for a cheapy HD for the lappy and a battery... my plan is to run Ubuntu off the computer, manly for use to surf the webs and such... no need for anything like gaming or insane processing, nust need a surfer.

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Old 06-18-2008, 06:15 PM   #2
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You can't boot from an external hard drive because your computer doesn't recognize a usb or firewire connection unless it has drivers installed on its own internal hard drive.

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You can't boot from an external hard drive because your computer doesn't recognize a usb or firewire connection unless it has drivers installed on its own internal hard drive.
I'm assuming since there is no HD at all, there is no chance of this working eh? I have a LiveCD for the Ubuntu software, but I'm assuming it's useless without a HD.
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But, can't you boot from a cd? Then let the slave take over for OS.

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I think some BIOS systems can be set to boot from a USB port - I'll check with my guru...

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I think some BIOS systems can be set to boot from a USB port - I'll check with my guru...
Yes they can....I have booted to a usb thumb drive and floppy drive many a time.
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I'm looking for any pointers guys, I have a LiveCD that I can boot from, but is this useless without an existing HD in the laptop?

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Go into your BIOS settings. See if you can change the boot procedure so that the laptop will attempt booting off a USB port first. If your BIOS does not support this, you might be able to upgrade the BIOS so that it will.

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alright, here is the thing, without a HD in the computer will there even be a chance to access the BIOS? I have a laptop with no hard drive, and no battery, only a power supply and CD/DVD.

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Personally I would see if you can boot from usb devices and if not I would see if a BIOS update is available that would allow you to.

Then create an Ubuntu live USB drive, then you will have a completely portable Ubuntu system similar to BartPE for Windows users.

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