Install Linux or windows without a cd drive or usb just direct access to the hard drive.
October 4, 2010 12:17 PM Subscribe
Install Linux or windows without a cd drive or usb just direct access to the hard drive. I have an old cf-29 toughbook by Panasonic that I've had for years. I'm trying to resurrect it and for the life of me cant remember my own cmos password. Aside from possibly nuking the bios password which will be near impossible due to the NATO standards this notebook was built to. I was thinking I would just try to install an OS directly to the hard drive and simply transplant it back into the toughbook.
posted by Chamunks to Computers & Internet (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My question is how the heck could I accomplish this. I have tried plugging ubuntu into it via my friends laptop than transferring it into the toughbook to no avail I get a really strange error. Though I was trying to retain the original partition table so it might still work.
I'm looking mainly for the operating system injection option because I dont want to brick my laptop entirely.
I have read some old, apparently really old posts online about nuking the cmos or something like that but that seems way too risky for me.
Also the clear cmos pin would seem to be really difficult as noone has any tear down/disassembly photos of the motherboard.