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Old 05-26-2004, 08:34 PM   #1
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Boot Linux from CD, automatically

Here is my situation...

Installed linux on the laptop, and it's nice but would want it on my "big" desktop instead.

The problem is that I'm using a usb kvm, and since the mb doesn't support onboard usb (asus' fault!), I don't have a keyboard to press any keys or make a selection like I had on the laptop. My "last resort" ps2 keyboard just died, and I don't want to buy another one...

My idea was to create a cd that would boot a linux installed partition when the cd is inserted in the drive.

I can't seem to find the info if Grub or Lilo will load a usb driver, so that's why I'm proposing this? Can it be done easily?
Old 05-26-2004, 09:27 PM   #2
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if you don't have a keyboard, how are you entering commands, from your laptop?
Old 05-27-2004, 07:02 AM   #3
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eh no, from my usb keyboard...

The problem it seems is that I can't find a way to enable it(as a input device) to select a choice in a bootloader, so that's why I want to have a cd that will boot directly the linux partition without asking for confirmation...

Once linux is loaded (or should I say it's usb driver), there is no problem (much like in windows, no keyboard until windows enables usb)
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You can create a floppy boot disk (instead of having LILO/GRUB on the MBR) and remove the other options so that it only boots Linux.

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can probably do the same with a cd (but that means you'll have a very large amount of empty space on the cd)
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Well, that's why I have rewritables

But how do you make one? And how do I make it boot without having to confirm (or wait a long delay)?
Old 05-27-2004, 08:51 PM   #6
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Smart Boot Manager

You could try smart boot manager, I think it may do what you want. It's saved me lots of grief.


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