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john (02-10-19, 10:19 PM)
Just bought a laptop with unuisable Windoze 10 OS. There is no cdrom drive. When I put slack install on a usb drive it won't boot from it.

Is there a way to instqll from an intrnet download?

John Culleton
Rich (02-10-19, 10:50 PM)
john <culletonpl> wrote:
> Just bought a laptop with unuisable Windoze 10 OS. There is no cdrom
> drive. When I put slack install on a usb drive it won't boot from
> it.


Did you remember to check the BIOS to see if you have to /enable/ boot
from USB devices for this laptop?
Jerry Peters (02-10-19, 11:43 PM)
Rich <rich> wrote:
> john <culletonpl> wrote:
>> Just bought a laptop with unuisable Windoze 10 OS. There is no cdrom
>> drive. When I put slack install on a usb drive it won't boot from
>> it.

> Did you remember to check the BIOS to see if you have to /enable/ boot
> from USB devices for this laptop?


Additionally, is the usb drive in the same format as the laptop is
expecting, ie. MBR or UEFI type boot?

If it's boot type that's the problem, can you change it via the laptop
bios screens?
Ralph Spitzner (02-11-19, 01:04 PM)
john wrote on 02/10/2019 09:19 PM:
john (02-11-19, 07:47 PM)
On Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3:50:15 PM UTC-5, Rich wrote:
> john wrote:
> > Just bought a laptop with unusable Windoze 10 OS. There is no cdrom
> > drive. When I put slack install on a usb drive it won't boot from
> > it.

> Did you remember to check the BIOS to see if you have to /enable/ boot
> from USB devices for this laptop?


Don't know much about Windoze. How do I check the BIOS?
Rich (02-11-19, 08:12 PM)
john <culletonpl> wrote:
> On Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3:50:15 PM UTC-5, Rich wrote:
> Don't know much about Windoze. How do I check the BIOS?


By entering the BIOS setup screen upon power up.

How to do this varies by BIOS and manufacturer, neither of which we
know here on the other side of usenet. So use your google-fu to find
out how to get into the bios setup screen on your particular machine.
Peter 'Shaggy' Haywood (02-14-19, 05:34 AM)
Groovy hepcat Jerry Peters was jivin' in alt.os.linux.slackware on Mon,
11 Feb 2019 08:43 am. It's a cool scene! Dig it.

> Rich <rich> wrote:
> Additionally, is the usb drive in the same format as the laptop is
> expecting, ie. MBR or UEFI type boot?


It doesn't necessarily have to be in that format for it to work. But
it still must be made bootable. There's more than one way to do that,
but I've had good results using unetbootin. This is a program that can
do wondrous things with various types of media, including USB sticks
and memory cards. You give it an image file (ISO or otherwise), tell it
the device where you want it copied to (your USB stick) and set some
options, like making it bootable; then click the button, and it will
copy the image to the device.
When I first started trying to install Linux from USB sticks, I also
had problems getting them to boot. But once I tried unetbootin, it
became easy.
Jerry Peters (02-16-19, 11:31 PM)
Peter 'Shaggy' Haywood <phaywood> wrote:
[..]
> When I first started trying to install Linux from USB sticks, I also
> had problems getting them to boot. But once I tried unetbootin, it
> became easy.


It really depends on the bios. My TS140 has (from memory) 3 boot
modes:
1 MBR
2 EFI then MBR
3 EFI

Only mode 2 will boot from a device of either type.

I use GRUB2 to boot & build a bootable USB stick with custom scripts
which mainly codify the grub-install parms without me having to
research them every time. One installs grub to the MBR, the other
installs grub-efi to the EFI partition. Both installs share my custom
grub boot scripts & configuration info.
josemanuel (02-24-19, 12:55 AM)
> Just bought a laptop with unuisable Windoze 10 OS. There is no cdrom
> drive. When I put slack install on a usb drive it won't boot from it.


There's a README_USB.TXT in the usb-and-pxe-installers directory of the
distribution. It teaches you how to create a bootable USB stick. I have
installed Slackware twice this way (only one with a Windows OS involved)
and I can say that it works.

Apart from that, you have to access your BIOS and change certain
configurations regarding UEFI (if you see something called Legacy boot,
use it. And turn Secure Boot off) and the boot order (i.e., you should
make your USB stick the first item on the list), but I can't give you
more details because, honestly, I forgot how I did all that, and it
depends on your BIOS anyway.

You can try finding more info around based on the hints I gave you.

Hope they help.
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