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Qwik 06-12-2004 05:19 PM

Creating network install boot iso on usb pendrive
I'm trying to install Fedora Core 2 on my desktop PC. The CD burner recently went out on it, so I can not burn the CD ISO's. I have downloaded the Network Install iso from and I tried to extract it onto my USB Pendrive and boot from that.

In my bios I have set the first boot device to USB-HDD, but when it starts up it doesn't see that I have the files on the USB pendrive and starts loading windows.

The pendrive I am using is a Lexar JumpDrive, and I have heard people saying that they have booted off of it.

As of right now, I'm thinking their might need to be a special way to write the data to the USB pendirve. So if anybody could help me out there, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Also, I don't have ANY linux systems as of right now, so please provide instructions on how to do this in Windows XP.


This is or booting it over the network are the only two options I have to install Fedora Core 2. I read somewhere that they took floppy boot disk support out in this release and both of my cd drives in this machine are shot. Any help getting Fedora Core 2 on this machine is appreciated, thanks.

jschiwal 02-23-2006 03:10 PM

I really don't know if this will work, but you might try copying your netinstall.iso to the c:\ drive and making an entry for it in C:\BOOT.INI. In other-words, treat the .ISO file as if it were a root partition MBR file you copied using the dd command. If you google for "grub NT boot" you should get some web-pages on how to multiboot using XP's NTldr program. Edit the BOOT.INI file the same, but refer to the netinstall ISO file.

If it doesn't work, you haven't done anything that would prevent XP from booting, provided you don't totally hack up the C:\BOOT.INI file.

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