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i have dell inspiron 2650 and i want to boot from my ubuntu disc..the problem is my cdrom drive is not functioning because it's damaged so i often use an external cd drive which is connected via usb cable...when i insert the cd that i wish to boot from in the extenal drive,it cant be done..it goes straightly starting windows and shows me win xp loading..it cant be boot from the external drive...how can i set it to boot from the external drive?i've entered the boot menu set up but not able to find the solution..does anyone know about this laptop on how to do it?
 

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unless your bios/setup has to option to boot from an external device, you cannot. maybe check with your laptops manufacturer and see if theres a bios updated for this option.
 
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