How to install Ubuntu without CD or USB boot

Hi everyone, I am a complete newbie to Linux but want to take the plunge to free myself from Windows and XP. I have a couple of very old laptops - Toshiba Tecra and Dell Inspiron which I would like to install Ubuntu on.My first problem is neither will boot from CD or USB (infact the Toshiba doesnt have a USB port). I dont want to run these a Live CDs - but rather a full install of Linux.So, how do I get Ubuntu/Linux onto these machines??My second problem is that when I am up and running with Linux, how do I delete Windows from these machines? As I said they are old so I dont imagine having 2 different OSs will help them perform very well.All help will be appreciated.

How to install Ubuntu without CD or USB boot

You need a boot floppy. It starts the boot and passes on to the CD. Have a look at e.g. Can't boot from DVD drive to install at http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-81280.html   I don't know that you will have to delete Windows. Just tell Linux to use the whole disk.

Thanks BUT I dont have a floppy drive in either of these machines.What can I do?

How to install Ubuntu without CD or USB boot

I have done just that.  Detailed description here: http://blog.bergcube.net/post/2007/01/08/Ubuntu-laptop-struggle

How to install Ubuntu without CD or USB boot

Sorry about the link that didn't work.  It had a trailing / that shouldn't be there.  Fixed now.

Delete windows by simply

Delete windows by simply deleting all NTFS and FAT32 partitions during install, then install your linux partitions ( home, bin, etc.,) on the newly freed spaceruz322