Help me install Ubuntu Linux 10.04 on an old laptop that's long in the tooth but generally functional. Some challenges within.
I have an old IBM ThinkPad T30 laptop that I'm trying to extend the life of. The hard drive in it died, so I bought a new hard drive with the intention of installing Ubuntu on it. However, while I've done about a dozen basic Linux installs over the past 15 years or so, I seem to have met my match with this hardware.
Here are the challenges:
- machine will not
boot from USB, although it seems to be able to read from the drive if booted via some other method
- machine will not
boot from CDR, although it seems to be able to read from the drive if booted via some other method
- machine will
boot from floppy drive
I've already spent plenty of time messing with the laptop's BIOS settings trying to get it to boot from USB or CD. I did try booting from a floppy (SBM
) and then
telling it to boot from USB or CD; that didn't work either. It just ain't happening via direct boot of the USB or CD install media.
This laptop has a drive bay that can either
have a floppy drive or have a CD drive in it; I have both modules, I just can't have both in the machine at once. I also have (on loan) a USB-connected CD drive, so it's possible for me to boot from floppy then mount and read the CD.
I do have the Ubuntu Linux 10.04.1 ISO image on both a USB drive and a CDROM disc.
I happen to have an old set of Debian install discs (2.2 from 2000) and, for kicks, tried doing an install of that to the hard drive. It looked like it was working, but it hit a snag when one of the early discs was unreadable. Anyway, I got through the HDD partitioning step so I know the new HDD is just fine, not that I suspected any problems there. But I do have a bootable Debian 2.2 rescue disc if that's of some use here.
So, I think what I need is to A) boot with a single-floppy form of Linux, then B) mount the USB drive or CD disc, and then C) tell it to execute the installation using that mount.
By the way, I'm installing 10.04 because it's the LTS release, and this is basically a test run for a new desktop that I'll be setting up in a month or two.
I suppose I could post this on ubuntuforums.org, but it's been a long time since I posted a question here on AskMeFi so I thought I'd mix it up a little :)