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Old 02-24-2004, 08:03 PM   #1
qwijibow
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How to put a live CD distro onto hard disk ?


Hey guys.

i have an oldish machine,
pentium2 266, 128 megs of ram,
4 speed CD-Rom
1 Gig hard disk.

The 1 gig disk is not big enough for what i need using a moders redhat like distro.
there is not enough space for XFree86 KDE GCC.
(i want to use the old machine for programming, but in a comfortable GUI|)

anyway, i downloaded KNOPPIX 3.3.
which is AMASING !
perfect for what i need, however, the cd-rom is much older than the rest of the system.
very very very slow. i find myself waiting minutes just to load a "konsole"

ive investigated installing knoppix to hard drive, but the usual method for doing this requires the use of a program called knoppix-installer, which decompresses the live cd, and needs a minimum of 2.2 gig hard dive space.

is there a way i can put the cd on the hard drive in its compressed state ?

i have tried the following....

partiton the hard drive into
partiton 1) 720 megabytes (for the cd iso image)
partiton 2) 400 megs (for saving files and work to)

i then write the knoppix image to the partiton as follows
cat ./KNOPPIX-3.3-EN.iso > /dev/hdb1

( i used a different computer to copy the iso to the 1 gig disk)

i then formated the second partiton as ext3.

by problem, is that when i re-start, the computer will not boot...
once booted from CD or anouther distro, i can mount the /dev/hdb1 and see all the correct files there... but the partiton will not boot, i even tried toggleing the boot flag with fdisk.

HOW CAN I BOOT THIS HARD DISK with the knoppix image ????

could it be done with a rescue disk ?
if so how ?

thankyou for any surgestions.
 
Old 02-24-2004, 09:13 PM   #2
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yeah, you can use a rescue disk...

or you can just install lilo or something on the hard disk's master boot record...

in other words, you need _something_ to boot it...

=)
 
Old 02-24-2004, 09:16 PM   #3
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here you go:

http://www.knoppix.net/docs/index.php/HdBasedHowTo

=)
 
Old 02-25-2004, 10:58 AM   #4
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ok, yeaj, i found a boot.img file on the knoppix cd, i raw-wrote it to a floppy, and
the floppy now loads the kernel, then scans the ide partitons to find the iso image on hda2.

but i have a new question... WHY cant i put the bootable floppy onto a hard-drive partiton and boot like that ????????

whenever i rawwrite the boot.img to hda1 and set the bootable flag, on bootup it says searching ide0 for boot .... OK
then hangs !!!!

when im expecting it to fails and ask for a SYSTEM disk, or boot... it does neighter.
 
  


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