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well i got ol P3, cdrom not working, also there is no option to boot from USB, so i was wondering how do i install linux via network, any tutorial or help would be appreciated, as i was suggested i have made a minimal install of slackware on my PC, now i have to just put that on other machines, how do i go about that.
what you need is to setup ftp/http/nfs on some other machine and put the cd contents there. when linux asks from where to install just point it to the place where you have stored this for eg: http://192.168.2.5/slack/files/
i am a bit lost here, plaesae explain in detail, i have ftp setup, i have linux already installed on that machine, which i intend to wipe out and i have got another linux installation ready to be copied, now if i had a boot from USB option or boot from CD i would have copied the linux files in there and then configured it. but how do i boot, maybe the existing linux can be of some help. here's what i think, will this work.
I boot in current linux, then ftp all the files and get them in that HDD, then i chroot to that, and wipe out the existing linux, then i copy the files in the partition of my desire, and configure, and then i delete the other copy of linux files, will this work.
i have tried this with redhat. this is how i did it,
i copy all cd's in one location using this command
cp -var /mnt/cdrom/* /location/of/install/files
i ran this command for all the cd's and i understand this as "the cp command with the -var switch actually copies the files while maintaining the directory structure for all file. i think this is done so that all the files are found where they should be found or where the installer thinks it should be."
next i installed vsftpd and created ftp user who home directory is /location/of/install/files.
then i booted from the first cd and in the first prompt typed 'linux askmethod'. this made the installed give me a choice of how i wanted to install linux. i chose ftp, gave the location of the ftp server and directory and the install was on its way. oh i forgot, the installer also asked me to setup my network (ip, subnetmasks etc).
hey guys if I had the CDROM working, i would not have to go through the trouble of all this, the problem is i have no way to boot that comp off cd or USB drive, but if someone can tell me how to make a ramdisk, maybe i can give it a try by booting into it's existing OS.
thanks a lot, as there is no floppy drive too, i will just temporarily put a cdrom from another system into that one, and then reinstall, i could have dont this earlier but just though that if there is a way around it can save me the same trouble next time this happens. thanks a lot.