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Old 09-07-2006, 08:33 PM   #1
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Working around a broken CD-ROM

I have a Tecra 8100 laptop which is dual-booted with Slackware and M$ XP. In the middle of a linux upgrade/reinstall, the CDROM died, leaving the Slack install unusable. I'm looking for options for installing a linux OS without replacing the CDROM, because the only ones I can find are used, over-priced, and not guaranteed for more than 3 months. An external CDROM via USB would be workable after the intall of linux, but even the most updated BIOS for the laptop will not let it boot from USB, so as far as I can see, an external CDROM would not help me install a linux OS.

Is my only option to network the laptop with my desktop system and set up the desktop as a network install server? I've been reading about that and it sounds pretty involved. Does anyone see another option?

The laptop does have a working floppy drive, but of course I don't want to install linux that way. But could a floppy based system like Tom's Root/Boot floppy allow me somehow to install an OS via an external CDROM?

Any advice would be appreciated.
Old 09-08-2006, 03:19 AM   #2
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I may be way off here, but i was thinking maybe setting up a M$ based removable media then reading into something like Knoppix or similar live linux which you can boot directly from windows and possibly do an install that way..... hummmm
Old 09-08-2006, 06:55 AM   #3
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Sleepindawg -- I'm not sure I follow. Are you saying to use the WinXP to boot a live linux distro, then use that distro to do an install? I've never seen that described. Or do I misunderstand what you're saying? Thanks.
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I googled around a bit and found this:

Mounting a ISO image file to view its contents
If you have downloaded an ISO image (perhaps a Linux distribution) from the net and you want to see the contents of the file, there is an easy way of achieving it in Linux. You just mount it using the loopback device as follows:

# mount -t iso9660 -o loop,ro knoppix-4.0.iso /mnt/iso

This is desirable in a situation where, you have downloaded a Linux ISO on to your harddisk. But your computer's BIOS does not support booting from the CD Drive. In which case, you have to create a boot disk (floppy) so that you can start the installation by booting from the floppy. Most Linux ISO's contain a floppy bootdisk image which you can copy to your floppy.
Old 09-08-2006, 09:33 PM   #5
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But will a typical boot floppy support mounting a partition via a network? Because the iso image would have to be downloaded onto my desktop system, then shared somehow with the laptop via a network.

Or I guess I could download the iso image to the WinXP partition of the laptop's hard drive. But will a typical boot floppy support mounting and reading from an NTFS partition?



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