i have a Toshiba Tecra 9100.The Dvd rom isn't functioning so its in an unreliable form.I have a usb port that is working.The laptop has no working OS installed however there are files under C:\WINDOWS from a past failed install.

I have a high speed internet.Are there any ways that i can be able to use to install an OS,any OS to this laptop.


  • Does the bios allow booting from that usb port ? – Sirex Jan 11 '11 at 14:02
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    I checked this and it does not support booting from a us port. – Gandalf Jan 11 '11 at 14:04
  • According to some VERY quick research on possibly somewhat unreliable forums, I found that the Toshiba Tecra 9100 should have the option to boot from USB. Try tapping the F12 at boot up and see if USB is an option. – Jeff F. Jan 11 '11 at 14:12
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    there's always slaving the HD into another computer and installing a linux distro that way... – RobotHumans Jan 11 '11 at 14:13

There are a few options but the best would be using USB. Just note, some older PCs don't give you the option to boot from a USB drive without a BIOS update, or some, not at all. You can checkout network installation too if you like, but it's more for a enterprise then a user.

If you have no other options, consider using an external cd/DVD rom or replacing the drive.


You can see in your bios if you have any other boot option. Installing debian from network is described here. Some bios don't have an option for booting from usb port, but present a usb stick as a hard drive when you ask to choose boot media.

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