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Old 03-30-2003, 02:04 PM   #1
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Question Installing a Linux distro without using CDs

Since my CD-RW drive stop functionning two weeks ago, ive been wondering if it is possible to install a Linux distro (Mandrake 9.1 in my case) without having to burn the ISO image and boot with it.

I know i can extract the files within the image with Daemon-Tools in Windows, but i just dont know what to do next..

Can anyone help me out? im really out of ideas..

Thx in advance.
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Maybe possibly technically (trans: I doubt it) if you have a second hard drive you could set your pc to boot from that, and have configured it to start the install off itself, or the first drive...either that or via ftp/LAN or something :S
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You can install from a hard drive if the ISO it is not on a NTFS partition. You will need to create a floppy boot disk using the hd.img file.

You can also install via network from a ftp server. All of the boot floppy images are located in the /images directory on the 1st CD. Use winrawrite to create the disk (dosutils directory).

For documentation go to the MDK website
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You could also install from another PC/Laptop, this is not so difficult if the other pc also runs Linux. Boot with a bootdisk, make a connection (network or nul-modem-cable) and work with that. There is a great How to on how to install using PLIP. I once installed Debian on a laptop with a paralel-nul-modem cable using NFS and from that mounted the Diskdrive on the other PC. I am sure this will also work with Mandrake.

If your other PC does not run Linux you could use Toms Root Boot or Knoppix to turn it in to a Linux-system


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