D5150, on 19 April 2010 - 04:59 PM, said:
Ok. I'm new here as you might notice, so, hey, and also i have a old Ibm Thinkpad 390e. The hard drive failed and naturally, the os is not running. I am thinking of booting from a flash drive that has Linux installed. Any conflictions here?
(This thread really seems out of place, but I didn't know where else to put it)
The principle limitations of running the OS from a usb attached device would likely be 1) speed, and 2) reduced document storage space. But it terms of speed, I have a usb thumb drive configured with the Ubuntu OS which I use an part of my OS backup scheme for an Eee netbook, and frankly it seems to work just as well as the built-in Windows XP.
However, 2 key factors in using a Linux usb OS, are: 1) will your computer allow you to boot from a usb device, and 2) can you find a Linux OS with drivers compatible with all hardware items you wish to use on your PC.
Many PC's aren't configured to allow booting from usb. If your PC has an external (vice internal) CD/DVD drive that connects via usb, then likely you can do it. If your PC shows usb in the bios listing of drive start order, then you can likely do it. But some PC's, like my desktop, give no indication of usb OS compatibility, but if you attach the OS device before start then the PC finds it and gives an option to use it. Other PC's (like several old notebooks I have), simply cannot run an OS from a usb port.
Re drivers, unless you're experienced with Linux, the last thing you want to do is solve a Linux driver problem (the drivers on your old hard drive are not relevant, they're for windows not Linux). If you decide to go this route, download and tests (via live CD) some of the different versions of Linux (there are many) until you find one with drivers that work all your key stuff (display, keyboard, mouse/touch-pad, internet connections, etc) . Then install it to the usb thumb drive. (you might wish to see comments under "New to Linux? Try Mandriva" below re my experience in trying to find a Linux OS for an older notebook).
If you've never created an OS thumb drive, there are several approaches. Some Linux live CD's have built in features to create the drives. Plus a search on the internet can provide several options for separately creating the devices - use a procedure that creates a device with "Persistence" (i.e., one that holds the changes/additions you make to the OS/desktop). See one option at: http://www.webupd8.o...ubuntu-904.html