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Install to blank HDD

  • Laptops
  • Hard Drives
Last response: in Open Source Software
March 23, 2012 1:41:18 AM

I have a laptop that I recently had to factory reset. When I did the factory reset I didn't know I would need the reinstall discs that came with the computer which I no longer have. So currently I have a laptop than can only run its bios and no operation system at all. I decided to use Linux since it is a free OS.

I was wondering if there is a way to install Linux to my laptop through a DVD it is mounted and burned onto, while using nothing more than the bios.

If I am not able to do this, what would I need to do to install the OS onto the hard drive.

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March 23, 2012 2:35:26 AM

All you need to do is download an *.iso of your distribution of choice, burn the *.iso to a CD/DVD, and put said disk in your drive. In BIOS make sure it's set to boot from CD/DVD. When you reboot you should be prompted with either a live environment or an installer, depending on your distribution.