Procedure for installing AntiX M8.5 on computer with no bootable CD and only usb 1.1 utilizing the plop boot manager boot floppy.
1. Create the plop bootmanger floppy. Instructions are here: http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager.html
2. Create unetbootin usb sticks for antiX. I think my previous procedure for creating manual boot sticks will also work.
3. download "system rescue cd" http://www.sysresccd.org/Download
(SRCD) and create another unetbootin usb stick for that.
4. Insert the SRCD stick into a usb slot and the plop floppy in the floppy drive. With the plop floppy in set as the first bootable drive, start your computer.
5. Select the usb boot option from the menu. On my machine this is a little finicky, and sometimes I have to reboot the machine a couple of times to get this menu up.
6. go through the startup process for SRCD. I selected the alternate 32 kernel as it worked best on my machine.
7. use gparted to create a "scratch" parition on your computer's internal drive. On my machine, I keep a "fat32" parition handy as a univeral data drive, so I used that. The partition you create cannot be used as your final installation destination. Make a note of the device name (/dev/sda5 for my machine).
8. from a terminal prompt, issue the following command.
9. insert your anitX usb stick into a port. issue the following command
mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt/disk (assuming sdc is the device name for your antiX stick)
mount /dev/sdaX /mnt/disk2
(replace sdaX with the name of your scratch parition you created)
10. copy the /antiX directory from the stick to the scratch parition. I used Midnight commander (mc) for this as its dual pane and I've never been very good with terminal copy commands for some reason. MC is included with SRCD.
11. shutdown SRCD, remove the SRCD stick.
12. reboot with the plop floppy and the antiX usb stick inserted. Select USB as before.
13. When antix boots, for some reason on a usb 1.1 port it will not find the filesystem. However, it will search the internal drive for the file system. The system finds mine /antiX directory on my /dev/sda5.
14. Assuming the antiX boot finds the file system, the liveCD should boot. You can then install as normal. Remember you can't install to the scratch directory. After your install is done you can clean up your paritions if you want.
I've tested this on my old Sony, and it works for me (I'm posting from the machine now). Hopefully it will be of help to someone else.