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How do I install Linux via USB when USB isnt a boot option?

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My girlfriend has an old laptop made by an obscure company, 1Ghz CPU, 128mb RAM, 20Gb HD. For this reason I have decided to install linux rather than windows, preferably I would like to install Knoppix but any type would be fine as long as it has office applications that are easy to use as this is why my girlfriend wants the laptop.

The problem I have is that the CD-drive is dead and there is no option to boot from USB, I have searched the net and there appears to be a way of putting files onto a floppy that when used as the boot option loads to allow further booting from the USB port, however frankly I didnt understand a word of what they said.

What I would like is somebody to tell me exactly how to make the floppy that when used as the boot option would then allow the USB port to be used in as simple language as possible, preferably with links to anything I need to download so I can be sure im downloading the correct thing.

It would also be useful if somebody could explain the best way of putting the linux install on the USB pen as ive only ever put them onto a CD before.

Many thanks in advance.

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Try this:
http://featherlinux.berlios.de/download.htm
Both USB edition and a boot floppy. There are also installation instructions.

Instructions:
http://featherlinux.berlios.de/usb-instructions.htm

Feather linux usb-edition:
http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/feather/feather-0.7.4-usb.zip

Feather linux boot floppy:
ftp://ftp.berlios.de/pub/featherlinux/bootusb.img

Needed util:
http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/boot/syslinux/syslinux-3.72.zip

Rawrite:
http://www.fdos.org/ripcord/rawrite/rawwritewin-0.7.zip

1. Download all
2. Unzip usb-edition to usb-drive
3. Unzip syslinux and run syslinux.exe u:    (where u: is the name of your usb-drive)
4. Use rawrite to write bootusb.img to floppy

Boot from floppy.
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