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Old 05-23-2006, 05:39 PM   #1
barcode_linux
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Boot USB DVD without BIOS support?


I know there has to be a way to do this. Google only seems to turn up solutions _IF_ the bios supports booting USB devices.
Note: This BIOS does NOT support booting USB devices!

Here is my hardware configuration:
Compaq Armada E500 with onboard floppy and cd burner. NEC USB 2.0 pcmcia adapter with a USB DVD burner attached.

Now, here is what I want to do:
I have a distro (RR4) that I want to install, but it only comes in a DVD iso image. Using the onboard floppy and/or cd burner, how can I boot the USB DVD so that I can install my fav distro onto my internal HDD?

I see that brianbdl gives a very general how-to on this topic here --->
Code:
linuxquestions.org/questions/showthread.php?t=396584
(sorry for the code brakets but forums wouldnt let me post otherwise)
but I need detailed instructions on how to make the initrd, kernel, and EXACTLLY what modules I need because keep in mind that I am needing USB(to boot the device), ext3(desired filesystem of the HDD), squashfs(LiveDVD filesystem), and others, im sure.

Thanks for any help.

cheers
barc
 
Old 05-23-2006, 06:10 PM   #2
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You have to make boot disk using a floppy that contains the modules usbcore, scsi, usb-storage for a USB drive. A second way is upgrade your CD drive to a DVD drive. Another way is to use knoppix and use the command chroot.
 
Old 05-23-2006, 06:13 PM   #3
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Thanks for your quick reply.
knoppix, huh? I have a CD and DVD iso image of v4. Can you elaborate on this?
 
  


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