bmike1 wrote:I think I want to put Mepis on my desktop puter. It does not have a DVD drive in it though. Can I connect the laptop to the desktop and use the laptop as an external drive?
What type of PC is it (the more info the better)?
As others have implied, one popular way to install distros on computers without a DVD drive is by using a USB Flash drive with the live distro you want to install on it.
Your PC would need the ability to boot from a USB attached drive.
That USB attached drive could be a USB Flash Drive (very inexpensive now, especially in smaller 4GB or 8GB sizes), or it could even be a USB attached card reader with a memory card in it (SDHC Card, CompactFlash Card, etc.).
One program that can do that for you (create a bootable USB flash drive that allows you to load the Live DVD versions of Mepis) is Unetbootin. You'll find both Windows and Linux versions of it. See here for more info (and you'll find download links at the top of the page).
Don't worry if the version of Mepis you want to install isn't in the drop down list, as you can point it at a downloaded .iso file. I've used it in the past to burn Mepis 11 to a USB flash drive and it worked just fine (just format the drive as FAT32 first), allowing me to boot into a Live session of Mepis 11, where I could just use the install choice to install it to the computer's hard drive.
I use unetbootin to install distros to my wife's laptop (which has a CD drive but no DVD Drive), and to a couple of netbooks I have (which do not have any optical drives), since using a USB Flash Drive makes that very easy (and also saves DVDs).
The catch is that your computer will need to support booting from a USB drive (and most modern computers do allow that if you either press the function key it may have to select a boot device when starting it, or go into your computer's BIOS setup and make sure USB is the first option in the Boot Order list you'll find).