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yunus.raza 02-14-2007 08:25 AM

Making Linux DVD bootable
Hi guys,

Here is what I want to know, I have got the ftp location where the RHEL4 DVD was just copied to a folder. I have downloaded that folder, now obviously if i just burn it to a DVD it wont be bootable, So i want to burn the DVD sturcture that I have downloaded to a DVD and make it bootable.

I could see some boot files in the DVD folder itself, adding those bootfiles while burning via Nero is still not making that DVD bootable.

Currently i am installing off that DVD using a NFS filesystem, but I would really like to find a way where I can burn the DVD with bootfiles and make it bootable.

Please guide me. I want to burn in Windows using Nero.


muha 02-14-2007 08:32 AM

As explained in another thread:

If you use Nero, you can burn the ISO as an image. The ISO should have all the bootinformation in it.

Open the full Version of Nero, and make a new project. Then do Recorder > Burn Image.

Choose the ISO to burn and burn it.

yunus.raza 02-14-2007 08:37 AM

Thanks for ur reply.
But I have done that, I created ISO image out of the folder structure that i had downloaded, then I got one ISO file.
I then burnt that ISO file, using "Burn Image" option of Nero, but still it didnt boot.

BTW, my Nero is a full lic version.

saikee 02-14-2007 01:18 PM

My advice is to forget the bootable DVD and just use Grub, obtainable from a Grub floppy or any distro that has Grub at the front end (by pressing "c" key).

You can then proceed to boot up RHEL4 manually.

Your need to know its kernel and initrd file locations.

If you can post the /boot content, output of "fdisk-l" and the content of the folder holding RHEL4 may be we could advise on how to manually boot up the Linux.

It is common for a Linux user to mount the iso image and boot up the Linux without a CD.

Your chance is good as in a folder the RHEL4 will not attempt to get files from a CD or DVD drive.

yunus.raza 02-15-2007 12:46 AM

Well, I kept it simple and this is what i did to achieve this.

a) Copied the entire content of the RHEL distro that i downloaded to a folder in my system. Lets say D:\rhel4as
b) Then downloaded the "mkisofs" & "cdrecord" for windows from this link:
c) Then gave the following command to create an ISO image that if we burn will make the DVD bootable.You have to give this command when you enter into the directory that you have copied

c:\rhel4as>mkisofs -o rhel4as.iso -b isolinux/isolinux.bin -no-emul-boot -boot-i
nfo-table -joliet-long -publisher RHEL -r -V RHEL4AS -graft-points /rhel4as

Make sure you have the ISOLINUX folder there (which it should be from the default DVD)

Cheers !!

muha 02-15-2007 08:05 AM

So it works?
btw: I did not get your point in the first post, now I do. Sorry about the low-level reply :D

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