So here's what I'm trying to do. I have an old laptop that can't boot from USB. I've discovered the minimal iso file and used it to download and install Ubuntu 14.04, but I had some errors running the OS and ended up trying to reinstall, but I realized if I have to keep doing that I'm just re-downloading the same files over and over again. I have 14.04 already downloaded to a USB stick, and I'm just not clear on a simple way to boot with the minimal ISO boot disc and then install files from the USB drive instead of downloading them.
Sorry, I know this question is pretty lame, but any advice would be helpful! Thanks in advance.
PS: The reason I'm using the minimal ISO instead of just a regular ubuntu ISO is because the CD drive on my laptop is pretty crappy and sometimes stops reading in the middle of an installation. The Minimal iso seems to work better. Also it can't read DVD-R very reliably, but it reads CDRs just fine.
Yes, this is a REALLY old laptop (Compaq Presario R3000 AMD) and I'm just fartin' around with it for fun and enjoyment.