I would like use my old notebook as ssh client.

I was trying to install Ubuntu but BIOS don't have boot option from CD, because drive is build in docking station.

I have network card 10BaseT, but don't have boot rom...

I create bootable floppy with Smart Boot Manager, and run it from my notebook. I get recognize cd-rom, but when i want boot from them, i got "read error".

CD drive is working 100%, now i'm installing windows ME using win98 bootable disk.

Maybe someone know other boot manager on floppy drive what allow to install Ubuntu ?


  • Can you boot from USB? – Mad Scientist Oct 10 '10 at 11:27
  • I don't have USB port :( – marcell22 Oct 10 '10 at 11:28

gPXE lets you use PXE on a machine that doesn't have a PXE ROM.

  • But i don't want download all image from TFTP. I have cdrom drive, but i have to "kick" setup from floppy. – marcell22 Oct 10 '10 at 11:49
  • Why not? TFTP will be orders of magnitude faster than loading from floppy, and appreciably faster than CD, even over 10Base-T. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Oct 10 '10 at 11:50

Put a grub4dos MBR + grldr onto fat32-formatted diskette (use grubinst_gui, offered at http://sourceforge.net/projects/grub4dos/files/grubinst/grubinst%201.0.1/grubinst_1.0.1_bin_win.zip/download )

Then, boot it and from grub4dos's console: chainloader (rd0) // or other drive. Ubuntu's CDROM. boot

You can also boot ISO's or use PXE from within G4D.

Grub4dos distro is available: http://sourceforge.net/projects/grub4dos/files/GRUB4DOS/grub4dos%200.4.4/grub4dos-0.4.4.zip/download ; more recent loader build is @ http://download.gna.org/grub4dos/

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