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Old 11-27-2005, 09:56 AM   #1
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Question A distro that only boots when there is a cd in the drive


Hi!
I am wondering, does anyone know of a distro that you can install to a partition and only be able to boot from it if there is a CD in my CD drive. I don't mean a livecd because that is not enough for me! Lol!
Thank in advance for your help (if you do help!)

Jonjo - Linux
 
Old 11-27-2005, 10:18 AM   #2
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Re: A distro that only boots when there is a cd in the drive

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Hi!
I am wondering, does anyone know of a distro that you can install to a partition and only be able to boot from it if there is a CD in my CD drive. I don't mean a livecd because that is not enough for me!
LFS liveCD 6.1 and/or knoppix..........these are full operating systems in their own right............if they are not good enough for you, then you might make your own bootable disk.............
 
Old 11-27-2005, 11:44 AM   #3
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I suppose you could do this with just about any distro, i.e., have the distro installed on the hard-drive but only be able to boot into the distro from CD. An odd request, sounds like you're shy about multi-booting.

Most distros will install a bootloader into the master boot record (MBR), and the good ones will take other existing OSes into account and integrate them into the bootloader. If you want to only be able to boot from CD, install a bootloader onto the CD and don't install it into the MBR.

So, sorry to disappoint, but this functionality will be not achieved by selection of a distro. You'll have to read up on how to burn a CD that will bootload your system, which is probably more painful than just letting a bootloader be installed automatically to the MBR.

GRUB is a good one to work with, and is easily googled.
 
Old 11-27-2005, 11:48 AM   #4
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It may be easier to simply have your bootloader installed to a floppy. Doing this would "hide" whichever OS you don't want to boot by default.
 
Old 11-28-2005, 08:01 AM   #5
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hi!
thanks for your replies xavierp, michapma and freakyg!
if anyone could tell me how to put a bootloader on a floppy, I would be very grateful.

Jonjo
 
Old 11-28-2005, 02:53 PM   #6
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When you install Linux and get to the part which asks you where to install the bootloader, select the "floppy" option. (And make sure you have a floppy disk in the drive!).
 
Old 11-29-2005, 03:34 AM   #7
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XavierP is the "best solution" from what you asked about
but lets elaborate
or if linux is already installed, I think if you do
man grub
look for el torito you should find info about how to make a bootable cd
(just the bootloader or a very minimum) I cannot remember well.
Test that bootable cd

Then you could zap the MBR of your HD with the dd command
(provided you do not have a dual boot that should not mess things up to much)

What about a bios boot password?
What about a grub bootloader boot password?
 
Old 11-29-2005, 03:34 AM   #8
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[deleted was same as above click happy problem]

Last edited by Emmanuel_uk; 11-29-2005 at 03:52 AM.
 
Old 11-29-2005, 03:44 AM   #9
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el torito is not for my windows system (winodws 2000)
thanks anyway for the help emmanuel_uk and xavierp

jonjo
 
Old 11-30-2005, 06:44 AM   #10
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Here you'll find all you need to know about GRUB:
http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/
http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/

Here is some info about el Torito on Windows:
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;167685

However, I believe the point is, you can make Linux bootable only from floppy by choosing that option during installation of Linux. Specifically avoid writing anything to the master boot record (MBR).
 
  


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