Installing Fedora 10 from USB drive

I’ve got an old IBM ThinkPad R51 that needed an upgrade. The CD-ROM has become flaky, so I wanted to install from a USB thumbdrive. Turns out this was pretty easy.

  1. Download the Fedora live CD. For Fedora 10, this is about 682MB.
  2. Follow the instructions at How to create and use Live USB.

That’s all it took. To boot from USB, you have to press the blue ‘Access IBM’ button, then F12. From there, the BIOS presents a menu and you can select the thumbdrive as a boot device.

BTW, I was initially going to attempt a PXE-boot and kickstart. This is also easy to do thanks to the folks at Etherboot.