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I have an old desktop which doesn't have a working CD/DVD. I want to install Linux on it in the simplest way possible.

I'm thinking I could solve this problem by removing the hard drive temporarily to another machine, installing the OS there, then moving it back. My concern is that, as far as I know (correct me if I'm wrong), during the installation, the OS detects the hardware and installs drivers accordingly. So if I move the hard drive to another machine, I might run into problems.

As I said, I'm not 100% sure what I'm saying is accurate. Any input on this?

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USB boot may be possible. Could you tell us what machine it is? Or check? – Simon Sheehan Mar 17 '12 at 5:50
@Simon Sheehan, Good point. Problem is, because it's an old machine, I doubt the BIOS will support USB boot. (to answer your question about the type of machine, it's a no brand assembly). – sameold Mar 17 '12 at 5:57
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Well you are not wrong. Unless these computers are in the same hardware configuration it will not work correctly (it probably will boot up but this is not a proper way).

If you cant mount ODD drive on old computer, you could boot up linux from USB memory. Chceck this website

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Cant you temporarily move a dvd player TO the old machine rather than the other way around?

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Aslund +1, this is better way :D – hamed Mar 17 '12 at 7:26

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