I've got an legacy Notebook (Toshiba Satellite 1110). I would like to install Lubuntu 14.04 .

Unfortunately I was not able to boot from USB. The device is over 10 years old and has only got USB 1.x . I already updated the BIOS to the latest version for this device (PhoenixBIOS 1.5 from 2007 or 2008), but I still can't boot from USB.

Any hints on USB boot are welcome.

I am able to boot from CD / DVD and got a disk with Xubuntu 09.10 . From there I have access the the USB drive with the image I want to install.

  • When I boot from CD to the Xubuntu desktop, how can I start the installation of the image on the USB drive?
  • Does this cause problems because I bootet with an older linux version (Xubuntu 09.10) but trying to install a later one from which I did not boot?
  • Or can I make use of the live-CD boot menu / boot commands to boot the USB drive from there?
  • Or should I install grub and make it boot from USB drive?
  • If the Notebook has a DVD already; why the need for such! anyway, for such old machine; I'd highly suggest Lubuntu and perhaps a look to this article askubuntu.com/questions/91815/… – Ahmadgeo Mar 7 '14 at 11:27
  • I would also suggest having an LTS version (10.04 or 12.04; not 9.10), burn it to a disk and install it. you can get it from old-releases.ubuntu.com/releases – Ahmadgeo Mar 7 '14 at 11:30
  • In the first sentence I wrote that I've chosen Lubuntu 14.04, which is the upcoming LTS version. As software is does change very often and this notebook is the only device left, that does not boot from USB it would be a waste of resources to burn a CD for one install. Maybe not a big deal, but I would have to by empty disks only for this one time purpose. Would be much easier if it is possible to start the installation from an already bootet system. That's why I asked this question. – user573215 Mar 7 '14 at 12:14
  • Sure it will be a waste of resources, but you have an obsolete version; 9.10 that won't allow you to do future upgrades (online I mean). So you need to install a LTS version and perform upgrades online easily. – Ahmadgeo Mar 7 '14 at 13:55
  • and sorry; I missed Lubuntu that you typed. My apologies – Ahmadgeo Mar 7 '14 at 13:56

I came across this article that suggested to burn a cd with PLoP. that should work, however when you are burning a new cd I don't really see a reason not to bur Xubuntu to a cd directly. although while writing I can imagine that Xubuntu does not fit on a cd and a old computer might not have a dvd drive.

  • The notebook has a DVD drive. I edited the title to make this more clear. Anyway you are right, when you say that, if I have to burn a CD / DVD I could burn Lubuntu 14.04. directly onto it. – user573215 Mar 7 '14 at 10:52

After all; and since you can already boot from CD\DVD. it seems that your best solution is to Burn whatever version you want and install it and disregard USB completely.

Perhaps 13.10 and wait for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS; Trusty Tahr expected to be released on April 2014 and do an release upgrade.

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