I've been using Ubuntu 12 LTS on my Dell Inspiron 1750, satisfied with the graphics and the performance, I decided that my sluggish an Aspire V5-123 netbook shouldn't be missing out, and yea, I decided to run Xubuntu 14 LTS.

Since the machince doesn't have a CD-reader and my USB Flashdrive is currently missing, what I do have is a micro-sd SDHC adapter and a 4GB microsd. I'd also appreciate it if you can point me to the .iso file and the BIOS settings I need. I have some experience with installing OS (skills that I learned from reinstalling Win7 and installing Ubuntu via CD).

Semi-newbie here.

  • An edit (and an upvote as it's now a very good question!) ;-) Feel free to edit my answer to make it clearer too! Just write a good comment so the upper echelons don't disapprove the edit! >:) – Fabby Mar 29 '15 at 19:54

First of all: make a full back-up of both systems before continuing!

Just insert the SD-card into the SD-card reader of your laptop, download Lubuntu 32-bit if less then 1GB of RAM or an old processor or 64 bit if less then 2GB of RAM or Xubuntu 64-bit if less then 4GB of RAM or the 64-bit plain vanilla Ubuntu if your netbook has 4GB of RAM.

Then find out from gparted what disk the SD-card on your laptop is. (sdc on mine, but yours might differ)

Then just go to a terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T and use the following command to copy the iso file to the SD card:

sudo dd bs=4M if=/home/YourUser/Downloads/NameOfIso.iso of=/dev/XdY

where: YourUser is the name of your user name, NameOfIso is the name of the iso file you decided to download, X and Y are the letters of your SD-Card. (You should have downloaded to iso to the Downloads folder! :P)

Warning dd is the abbreviation of Disk Destroyer! Ensure twice that the command above is correct before pressing Enter!

When you get your prompt back, type sync and wait some more. Then shut down the laptop (no hibernate nor suspend) and only then remove the SD Card! (I only remember "newbie" and forget all about "semi" ;-) )

Now insert the SD-card in the netbook, turn it on and boot from the SD-card and follow the official installation instructions for the Ubuntu version you decided to install...

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    Thank you so much for that. I made the bootable sd card on my Inspiron 1750 (took me a while to figure that you meant that I had to use an existing ubuntu/linux pc to make a bootable sd). Installation went out smoothly. Thanks :D – Kurt Matthew Mar 29 '15 at 7:29
  • Sorry! Which part was unclear so I can edit it? And what did you have to copy? – Fabby Mar 29 '15 at 12:29

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