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Old 04-09-2004, 07:40 AM   #1
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Booting an .ISO from a CD-R


Hello,

After all my problems yesterday trying to boot a Mandrake 10 .ISO, I thought GRUB was the problem. I planned to wipe the hard drive anyway, so I used XP's disc manager and removed all the partitions and created a new one. I restarted with my Mandrake CD-R in my DVD drive, and I got the message "No operating system found." So I tried again with the CD-R in my CD-RW drive. Same message. I have the BIOS set to boot from CD-ROM, and if I insert my Red Hat 9 disc or my Win XP disc, they both boot fine. If I put the Mandrake CD-R into my laptop and boot, it boots fine. It seems my desktop can't boot from a CD-R, and I no longer have Linux. I'd try to make a boot floppy, but my laptop does not have a floppy disc. Any ideas?
 
Old 04-09-2004, 07:56 AM   #2
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In addition to set BIOS to boot on CD before harddisk you will have to make sure that BIOS is set to auto detect IDE devices. Don't know if this is a problem anymore but it used to be.
 
Old 04-09-2004, 08:05 AM   #3
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It's set to auto-detect.

I was thinking, my laptop has a burner with Roxio. I burned the original Mandrake CD-Rs using my desktop and Nero. Would a different drive/software package make any difference?
 
Old 04-09-2004, 08:12 AM   #4
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ISO images are standardized and shouldn't be dependent on the software used.
As long as you "burn from image..." there should be no problem. It seems as you did this already since it boots you lap-top.
 
Old 04-09-2004, 08:24 AM   #5
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... I have a machine which can't boot from CD. I use 'Smart Boot Manager' to boot from floppy, then boot from CD, which appears to work. It may be worth a try.

[http://btmgr.sourceforge.net/]
 
Old 04-09-2004, 09:27 AM   #6
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Im at work right now so I can't try this, but would this work?

Boot from my Red Hat 9.0 Install Disc (which works), and at the boot prompt, load up the network modules and such, and do an FTP install of Mandrake? Will the fact that it's a RH disc screw me over, or is a boot disc a boot disc?

Thanks for the suggestion jmorse, though I'm reluctant to try it since it looks like it requires either Linux or DOS to already be installed. If all else fails, I'll install RH 9 again, and then use that to boot up the Mandrake CD, but I'd rather not have to go through 2 Linux installs in one night!
 
Old 04-09-2004, 09:45 AM   #7
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SBM's website claims that it doesn't need any operating systems to be installed. I presume that you can download a floppy image and use rawrite2 under windows/dos, or dd under linux to copy it to a floppy, then reboot.

Assuming you can get at a [root] command prompt on the Redhat cd it may be possible to install over ftp. If it is a graphical install over FTP, you may find that the CD will automatically download and install Redhat over FTP without asking! [I may go and try it and see what happens!]
 
Old 04-09-2004, 09:59 AM   #8
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Originally posted by jmorse
SBM's website claims that it doesn't need any operating systems to be installed. I presume that you can download a floppy image and use rawrite2 under windows/dos, or dd under linux to copy it to a floppy, then reboot.

Assuming you can get at a [root] command prompt on the Redhat cd it may be possible to install over ftp. If it is a graphical install over FTP, you may find that the CD will automatically download and install Redhat over FTP without asking! [I may go and try it and see what happens!]
Where do you see that it doesn't need an OS? I see that it's OS independent, but all I see for downloads are Linux binaries or DOS executables.
 
Old 04-09-2004, 10:12 AM   #9
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I just downloaded the windows executable... ran it from a command prompt as 'sbminst.exe -d 0', which installed it to the floppy in the drive.

After its installed it doesn't appear to need an operating system.

I have managed to get to a prompt on Redhat 9's install cd, when it asks to verify the other cd's, just press Alt + 2, which is a root prompt. There is an ftp program, but I haven't tried to bring the network cards up yet.

Is all I have found on installing Mandrake over ftp, and this page seems to say you need a special boot disk in order to install over ftp.
[http://www.linux-mandrake.com/en/dem...ke9.0/Install/]
 
Old 04-09-2004, 04:01 PM   #10
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jmorse,

Thanks so much, it's working now. When I first tried it with the CD-R in my DVD-ROM drive it gave me a disk error but once I put in in my CD-RW drive, it read perfectly through SBM. Mandrake is installing as I type this! Thanks again!

TDA
 
  


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