I have an old laptop (from 2000) with a CD-ROM drive that no longer functions. BIOS offers no options to boot from the USB drive or a network. And the hard drive on the computer is empty, so I can't boot into an OS now.

What other method can I use to install Linux on this laptop so that this computer can be reused?

  • Can network boot be possible? Commented Dec 11, 2014 at 12:06
  • How can I check if that is possible? In BIOS, I only see the hard drive and CD-ROM drive listed as options. Should network be listed somewhere in the boot order menu?
    – Village
    Commented Dec 11, 2014 at 12:08
  • You should enable that in the Bios. Commented Dec 11, 2014 at 12:09
  • 1
    You will have to pull the drive out and connect it to another computer that can boot from something suitable.
    – psusi
    Commented Dec 11, 2014 at 15:22
  • 1
    There may be an option in the BIOS setup screens named "Legacy USB". Enable that, reboot, and it might recognize your USB drive as a bootable device. Commented Dec 11, 2014 at 22:22

2 Answers 2


Yes there are many methods.

Firstly enable Network Boot in BIOS.

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Requirements: Another computer with PXE boot setup.

You can use Network install and install Via PXE Boot.

Here is a link that describes the whole process..(The following proces should be done in the other computer)

From windows: Click here

From Linux: Click here


If the laptop is still running Windows (XP or above) you can also install Ubuntu using the Windows installer. See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide for details.

  • The hard drive on the computer is empty.
    – Village
    Commented Dec 11, 2014 at 12:21
  • How do you know that?
    – H_7
    Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 4:04

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