CloudReady has a lot of added baggage to make it work as well as possible on all hardware, as well as to accommodate the partition scheme of Chromium OS. The result is that the image we provide for installing CloudReady is over 5 GB - much larger than most Linux distributions.
This size is too large for CDs, which can make it difficult to find a way to install CloudReady on a machine which does not support USB booting. Here are some tips if you find yourself in that situation:
- Try creating a bootable Plop CD, and see if Plop will help you boot from USB.
- Always update your BIOS to manufacturers latest version, if you haven't already - many machines in the 2005-2008 era did not get this feature until a revision after launch.
- If you're willing to get your hands dirty, try removing the HDD in the destination-machine, installing to that HDD via some other machine that *can* USB boot, and then re-insert it.
If all of these steps fail (or you don't have a second machine to use) you may be out of luck, as we don't currently support any other methods of installation.
Keep in mind - Often, a machine doesn't support USB boot because it was made before this was a common practice. While there are some machines in the 2006-2008 range which have this problem despite otherwise supported hardware, many times a machine that is too old to USB boot also has a processor or graphics which are too old to work well with CloudReady anyway.
Hope this helps!