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Old 05-28-2012, 10:51 PM   #1
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Installing linux .iso without dvd disk drive from flash drive on laptop. How?


Greetings all powerful community of Linux intelligience,

I just got a new laptop, Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook. It rocks, buy it, HP must die.

This laptop has no DVD disk drive. I downloaded opensuse 12.1 as an .iso and want to know how I can install, not boot, fully install linux from a flash drive using that .iso file. I do not want to partion I want windows out the window.

Note: I also have ImgBurner, and VCD if those programs are necessary.
I tried UNETBootin and couldn't figure out how to remove windows 7 with it I could just partition or load the OS from the flash drive.

Now I'm being picky. I can't program but am fairly computer savey, in your reply please pretend that I'm not and if I have to cammand line anything or if you type step by step instructions.

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Not just for me but for others that may end up reading this post. Thank you all for your spare time and wisdom. If there are computers in heaven I know you guys programmed them.

May the kernel be with you,

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Old 05-28-2012, 10:54 PM   #2
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Unetbootin will not help you to remove Windows from your computer. Its only purpose is to get Linux on your Flash drive, so that you can boot from the Flash drive and then install Linux from it. If you want to get rid of Windows totally just tell the installer when it comes to partitioning to use the whole disk.
 
Old 05-28-2012, 11:02 PM   #3
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Well I know that you can install RHEL off an iso on a usb stick by adding
Code:
method=hd:sdaX
.. to the 'append initrd' line in syslinux.conf (replace 'X' with the relevant partition)

I have a script that will create the whole thing for you, but you'll have to wait till the weekend.
 
Old 05-29-2012, 12:41 AM   #4
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Unetbootin will not help you to remove Windows from your computer. Its only purpose is to get Linux on your Flash drive, so that you can boot from the Flash drive and then install Linux from it. If you want to get rid of Windows totally just tell the installer when it comes to partitioning to use the whole disk.
Right. The reason I gave up on Unet was this:

I boot from the Bios
Press F12
Select the Flash drive and press enter
I am sent to the Unet screen and it says "Default" as my only option choice (I assume this is the Flash drive)
While looking at this screen I read "Automatic Reboot in 10 seconds" and a timer starts counting down
I am unable to select "Default" and continue with the installation and
when the timer reaches zero it resets to 10 seconds and does not automaticially continue with the linux installation from Unet.

Also I don't know what boot command to type to maunually start the process from UNET after selecting the flash drive in Bios.
I just didn't bother posting that because I thought it was less likely to be solved.
 
Old 05-29-2012, 06:03 AM   #5
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There are other solutions in the case that Unetbootin doesn't work. Have a look here: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
 
Old 05-29-2012, 10:49 AM   #6
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Don't select flash drive in bios. Move the hard drive order up so that the flash drive is first in the order above the built in hard drive. Then use hard drive for boot order selection. Power off and have usb installed and look at bios. It should now show two hard drives.

If you ever want to sell this with windows then you may need to understand how HP wants you to recover it. There may be three partitions on it or more now. One may be a recovery partition, a 100M windows partition and common windows.

I might suggest you consider trying a free virtual machine and use it. The system may be good enough to run in native speeds both linux and windows at the same time.
 
Old 05-29-2012, 11:37 AM   #7
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Don't select flash drive in bios. Move the hard drive order up so that the flash drive is first in the order above the built in hard drive. Then use hard drive for boot order selection. Power off and have usb installed and look at bios. It should now show two hard drives.

I might suggest you consider trying a free virtual machine and use it. The system may be good enough to run in native speeds both linux and windows at the same time.
When I change the boot order I am given 2 hard drives to boot from and I select the Unet drive. I am the taken to the screen I mentioned in my last post.
I have already tried VMWare I may coninue to use it, but I would prefer to use VMware to run windows in linux rather than linux in windows.

"If you ever want to sell this with windows then you may need to understand how HP wants you to recover it. There may be three partitions on it or more now. One may be a recovery partition, a 100M windows partition and common windows."

Honestly, I have no idea what your talking about, how to remove these drives or what they are. I have not created a recovery partition and on a 128 GB hard drive I doubt one exist internally.

Thanks though
 
Old 05-29-2012, 11:41 AM   #8
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Did you google "opensuse usb"?

This page was the first hit: http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Live_USB_stick

(no mention of unetbootin so I'm not sure why you did that)
 
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Did you google "opensuse usb"?

This page was the first hit: http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Live_USB_stick

(no mention of unetbootin so I'm not sure why you did that)
That is the page for putting Linux on a USB that can then run linux on any computer. I want to install Linux as the OS for this laptop, not to play Linux on Windows. If there is a way to boot the USB and install Linux over the whole hard drive (without partioning or requiring the USB for each boot after installation) then please mention how to do that, because that is what is not mentioned on that link, and is the objective of this thread.
 
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That is the page for putting Linux on a USB that can then run linux on any computer. I want to install Linux as the OS for this laptop, not to play Linux on Windows. If there is a way to boot the USB and install Linux over the whole hard drive (without partioning or requiring the USB for each boot after installation) then please mention how to do that, because that is what is not mentioned on that link, and is the objective of this thread.
It is a two-step process. First you create a Linux USB using the instructions I linked to above, and then you boot from your Linux USB and follow the distro's instructions to install to the hard drive. For OpenSUSE you can find that here: http://en.opensuse.org/Portal:Installation
 
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:14 PM   #11
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You got it! Suse 12.1 is running. Thanks everybody!
 
  


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