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Old 07-30-2003, 03:41 AM   #1
davee
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Install via network boot option


What do I need to do to use the network boot option on my laptop's BIOS to install Linux?

I've always noticed the boot option there on machines in the past, but never had the need to explore this as a way of getting media on to a machine. Now, however, I don't see any other option to get the OS onto the box.

I've successfully installed SuSE 8.2 on other machines via boot floppies and FTP internet install, but in this case, the USB floppy won't load anything after the install screen is reached. I have a purchased copy of 8.2 on CD, but I can't boot the laptop via either the pcmcia or usb CD players I've got. The only option left to me seems to be the network port on the docker.

Any ideas/suggestions?

Dave
 
Old 07-30-2003, 06:14 AM   #2
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I'm a little scratchy in this area, but I know roughly how it works..

Traditionally, you'd set up a BOOTP server on your network somewhere and it would set up an address for the client (much like DHCP) and would point it in the direction of some kind of file server (TFTP I believe, but I could be wrong) and it will download a boot image file from it and run it. I think the image file has to be specially designed for network booting, but I'm sure someone somewhere has done this before, and maybe there's a way to mount that suse installation ISO CD image as a network boot one by some form of conversion. Try searching suse.com for a network boot image also. There's sure to be a page on this somewhere, try googling...

As a new arrival on this board I'm amazed to see so many people using SuSE.. I've used it for years and thought I was the only one!
 
Old 07-30-2003, 08:32 AM   #3
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I'll do a suse search and post my results here.

I've cheated a bit in the interim - I've bought an adapter to allow me to connect my laptop hard drive to a desktop IDE cable. I'll copy suse 8.2 to that and go from there...

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As a new arrival on this board I'm amazed to see so many people using SuSE.. I've used it for years and thought I was the only one!
I use suse as I feel it is stable, robust and inteligent, without the OTT marketing of redhat. It allows me to to forget about hardware considerations in most cases. It does seem to have a larger user base (proportionaly) in Europe - I don't know what the breakdown is in NZ?

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Old 07-30-2003, 09:06 AM   #4
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This seems to be a good reference to this (BOOTP):

http://www.linux.org/docs/ldp/howto/...WTO/index.html

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