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Old 09-21-2003, 10:21 PM   #1
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Installing: No Floppy, CD Don't Boot


How would I go about installing Linux (maybe Mandrake 9 or something) on a machine that has a CDROM but no floppy, and the CDROM is not bootable? My laptop can either have a floppy, but no CDROM, or a CDROM, but no floppy. I tried dd-ing the floppy image to the hard disk in several ways, but just got numbers on the screen. That is the only thing I have tried that has gotten a response from the computer. Installing from another machine then moving the hard disk leaves some devices and Linux components (like X-Free 86) unuseable, even after I tried to configure them.

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Old 09-21-2003, 10:47 PM   #2
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there is a way to install from the hard drive with a floppy. The rough procedure for Mandrake is this:

1. create a partition just big enough to hold the iso image of the first installation CD
2. create a boot floppy by using the hd.img which is on the installation CD in the directory /images- the instructions for this are in the README file in the same directory.
3. boot from floppy and it will ask you where the iso is. Tell it, and you should be able to install

this will only install the first CD. You'll have to install things on the other 2 CDs manually but rpmdrake makes this pretty easy.
 
Old 09-25-2003, 08:46 PM   #3
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OK. Didn't think about that. I guess that's just my Windows way of thinking.
 
Old 09-27-2003, 09:34 PM   #4
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OT, but related: I am having trouble copying my Mandrake 9 CD and must adjust X-CD Roast. More info can be found in this thread:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...460#post504460

Any other suggestions on how to get Linux in properly by running the install directly on that machine instead of setting iit up on another machine then migrating the hard disk over?
 
  


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