I'm trying to revitilize an old P4 desktop w/1.25GB of RAM. The BIOS does not have any option to boot from USB. The CD/DVD for whatever reason does not recognize the Lubuntu (and other Linux distros) DVDs that I burned. I tried using a boot manager DVD to launch the USB installer - that also did not work. The CD/DVD does recognize Windows based CDs, not sure why. So my question - I have Windows XP running on this machine - is there any method of launching the Lumbuntu installer from inside the Windows OS ? I want to wipe XP off the box, not duel boot. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you !

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    Possible duplicate of Windows installer for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS onwards – karel Jan 21 at 6:27
  • I agree with @Compatico's answer, in that its likely that your optical drive is CDR only (though some p4 era drives would only read certain media; eg. specific colors though it wasn't the color but the type of film on the disc that caused us to see different colors). I'd suggest using a text installer (see help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/MinimalCD) then add lubuntu-desktop to it (during or after install) turning it into Lubuntu 18.04 LTS (or 18.10). – guiverc Jan 21 at 6:44
  • If you can boot from CD (not DVD) then burning a Plop bootable CD will work. You also need the usual USB with the OS installer the will be booted from inside the plop's menu. – GabrielaGarcia Jan 21 at 7:17
  • You can put plop boot manager on your hard drive if it does not work on your computer as a floppy or CD. You can install Lubuntu to your HDD using a friends computer, (in BIOS mode). EasyBCD will install grub on your Windows disk you can boot The Lubuntu USB installer from there. – C.S.Cameron Jan 21 at 11:15

The drive is probably just a CDR/RW burner and can't read DVD. If so you need to find an image that is smaller than 700MB to find on a CD. Check the Lubuntu download pages for more info.

  • Thanks for the response - It's definitely a DVD/CD-Rom drive and I did tried booting Puppy Linux on a CD and that also did not read - The boot manager program PLOP was also burned to CD and was unable to be read. The drive works with Windows 7 and Server 2003 – Jim Ignatowski Jan 21 at 7:35

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