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Old 04-28-2013, 03:34 PM   #1
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can you install a linux distro from grub rescue with out using a live cd


Hi,

so my cdrom won't work and i just overwrote my harddrive, you see it is on an external ssd. I thought I was writing to the other usb port which held the flash drive when i was trying to have a portable linux mint i could carry around with me,

two questions:

can you install a linux distro from grub rescue with out using a live cd?
if so,

how? from command prompt
 
Old 04-28-2013, 03:44 PM   #2
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Hi

Why not create a bootable usb unebootin most distros supply a version.
Found this on Ubuntu site
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1549847
 
Old 04-28-2013, 03:56 PM   #3
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where would i get a iso file from grub rescue? I don't have internet access to download an iso all I have is my ssd drive which might have an iso on it but when I type....ls (h1,msdos5)/boot... (h1 is the external ssd) all I get is invalid filesystem. and my cdrom is fired, so I can't use a live cd and the usb drive where I had ubuntu server iso on it won't work probably b/c when I try to install it it always tries to boot from the cd.

So what do i do?

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Old 04-28-2013, 04:03 PM   #4
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Hi

If you make a bootable usb
http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
you can install most distros from the usb
 
Old 04-28-2013, 04:24 PM   #5
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Hi

If you make a bootable usb
http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
you can install most distros from the usb
i understand that. i once tried unetbootin but the exe file wasn't working on my ubuntu server even though mono complete was installed. i am right now in the lab at school and they don't allow anything to be installed on their computers
 
Old 04-28-2013, 04:28 PM   #6
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So what are you trying to do then if not install a distro ??? if you have grub on the pc there must of been a linux distro

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Old 04-28-2013, 06:19 PM   #7
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i understand that. i once tried unetbootin but the exe file wasn't working on my ubuntu server even though mono complete was installed. i am right now in the lab at school and they don't allow anything to be installed on their computers
You don't install the Windows version of unetbootin under Linux, you install the Linux version. The simple way to do that being "apt-get install unetbootin".
If what you are saying is that you have wiped the OS from your hard drive and all you have left is GRUB pointing to it then, no, GRUB isn't a program for installing anything it's a menu for loading an OS that's already installed. There are ways of making GRUB boot an ISO image of an install disc if you have one on a USB stick, for example, but it's likely to be a little complicated to do.

Edit: This "ubuntu server iso" on a USB that you have -- do you mean that you installed Ubuntu Server using that USB stick? IF so then you probably just need to go into the BIOS on your laptop and select it as the first boot device to use it.

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Old 04-30-2013, 04:12 PM   #8
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[QUOTE=dragongraphen;4942142]<quote>
Edit: This "ubuntu server iso" on a USB that you have -- do you mean that you installed Ubuntu Server using that USB stick? IF so then you probably just need to go into the BIOS on your laptop and select it as the first boot device to use it.
</quote>

No a server can only be installed via a USB, because it always asks for a CD to complete installation. No I don't have an ego to stroke like some in our community. I simple want to know how you would install it from command prompt "grub rescue" with no interface, but even that is null now, b/c i have received a ubuntu live cd from a friend.
 
Old 04-30-2013, 04:19 PM   #9
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Most computers have a key you can press at boot to choose which medium you want to boot from. Any attached device should be detected as an option.
 
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Edit: This "ubuntu server iso" on a USB that you have -- do you mean that you installed Ubuntu Server using that USB stick? IF so then you probably just need to go into the BIOS on your laptop and select it as the first boot device to use it.
No a server can only be installed via a USB, because it always asks for a CD to complete installation.
Of course USB can be used to install a server -- that's how a lot of people do it.
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No I don't have an ego to stroke like some in our community. I simple want to know how you would install it from command prompt "grub rescue" with no interface, but even that is null now, b/c i have received a ubuntu live cd from a friend.
You can't install anything from GRUB unless you have an install disc as I mentioned before. I'm not sure how much clearer I could be.
 
Old 04-30-2013, 04:47 PM   #11
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Get a proper usb iso not all iso's can be transferred to a usb stick without issues. You could create a loop device to a iso but for that you need access to the hard disc should be possible with windows by creating a small fat32 partition and put the iso on it. But it's no fun creating a loop device in grub rescue and boot from it. But probably not impossible. It's much easier to get a good usb iso.
 
Old 04-30-2013, 07:23 PM   #12
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Thank you, but I found out I was trying to install from a DVD and the DVD cable is burnt out but last night I tried installing from a CD with an iso on it. And it works! Thank you all. I will try to find a usb iso drive.
 
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Thank you, but I found out I was trying to install from a DVD and the DVD cable is burnt out but last night I tried installing from a CD with an iso on it. And it works! Thank you all. I will try to find a usb iso drive.
If you had an active internet connection you can install linux from within a desktop environment using "debootstrap".
http://wiki.debian.org/Debootstrap
Ihave tried this method & it works.

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