After trying to get an installation of Xubuntu on a laptop with boot support only for a floppy and USB 1.0, I found an alternative. I have not had a problem with UUIDs yet.
What is needed
A method to hook up your disk drive to another computer (connected via USB->IDE/SATA / directly via IDE or SATA)
- VMware Workstation
- Ubuntu or derivative ISO or CDROM
Configuration and Setup
- Go to Advanced Configuration
- Name: Xubuntu Install
- Guest OS: Other
- Memory Size: (Half of whatever you have in your current machine, NOT the one you are building for)
- # of CPUs: 1
- Either your CD, DVD, or ISO.
Use Physical Disk (make sure you are using the extra drive, in my case "\\.\PhysicalDrive1")
- Make sure you use the entire disk
- Boot the VMX in VMware
- Boot by booting the DVD drive in VMware, in my case by selecting CD-ROM in the BIOS boot menu
- Continue through the install
- When you are done installing, after rebooting, shut down the VM and disconnect your virtual CD-ROM drive
- Once your drive is the way you like it, plug your hard drive back into the original system and boot!