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Old 10-28-2003, 09:52 PM   #1
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Installing without floppy or cdrom

On my laptop, I currently have WinXP and mdk9.1. I want to upgrade to 9.2 by doing an NFS install using the files on another computer. However, my floppy drive is broken and I would like to avoid burning a cd. I want to boot off the hard drive and install from there.

I've managed to get the files from the network.img image onto my laptop's hard drive. Now I want to boot from those files. I've tried putting them on my root partition. When I do this the system loads up normally except for using the installer kernel. I've tried putting the boot files on my /home partition and on a fat32 partition, but the system just hangs after the bootloader.

Is it possible to boot the installer off my hard drive?
Old 10-28-2003, 10:57 PM   #2
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No, in order to use the nfs to install or upgrade, you always need a startup or installation floppy. You have to copy the image in the floopy and boot off it. I don't think that you can use that image from the hdd.


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