July 13, 2017

How to install Linux Mint on a Laptop which has no CD/DVD Drive and no Bios screen shown?

How to install Linux Mint on a Laptop which has no CD/DVD Drive and no Bios screen shown?

I have a Thoshiba Laptop which is a bit old but working perfectly with an old ver of Linuc 8.0 which I want to upgrade or install new OS. The problem is my lap lack two vital things:

1) No CD/DVD Drvie

2) No Bios screen seen on booting.

When power on, nothing on screen for 2 minutes, then will popup my Linux OS. May be you would say why not press F2, DEL or any other Fs keys etc..., but wait, I have tried all those for last 3-years with several h/w teche people, and even opened the lap and short circuited some where in the board for Bios reset, but all failed.

So what i consider is : Remove the hard drive from laptop and connect it to other lap/computer and inject latest Linux OS with boot file/ISO. But I do not know how to do it, or is it correct way of doing?

Pls advise me anybody as I am suffering this for last 3-yrs.

Answer to the question

You don't have to have a CD/DVD drive.  You can install Linux using a USB port and booting to a version of Linux with a bootable USB flash drive.  

If the computer has no USB ports, either, then putting the hard drive in another computer and installing Linux to the drive should work.  After Linux has been installed to the drive, remove the drive and return it to your Toshiba laptop.  The reason this has a good chance of working is because the drivers for your hardware are included in the Linux kernel.  When you move the drive back to your Toshiba laptop, the kernel will recognize most, if not all, of the hardware and install the needed drivers.

For the version of Linux to use, consider Linux Lite (www.linuxliteos.com).  They have a detailed installation guide with screenshots that might be helpful.  That guide can be seen here:

www.linuxliteos.com/manual

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Answer to the question

You don't have to have a CD/DVD drive.  You can install Linux using a USB port and booting to a version of Linux with a bootable USB flash drive.  

If the computer has no USB ports, either, then putting the hard drive in another computer and installing Linux to the drive should work.  After Linux has been installed to the drive, remove the drive and return it to your Toshiba laptop.  The reason this has a good chance of working is because the drivers for your hardware are included in the Linux kernel.  When you move the drive back to your Toshiba laptop, the kernel will recognize most, if not all, of the hardware and install the needed drivers.

For the version of Linux to use, consider Linux Lite (www.linuxliteos.com).  They have a detailed installation guide with screenshots that might be helpful.  That guide can be seen here:

www.linuxliteos.com/manual

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