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Old 10-10-2004, 10:47 PM   #1
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Installing Mandrake w/o CD

Hi, I've been looking for some help on this lately, but haven't found any (sorry if I sound odd)

I'm trying to install mandrakelinux 10 onto my win2k box as a dual-boot, but I do not have a Mandrake CD, nor do I have a CD burner. I have partitioned my hard drive so that it contains a separate partiton just for mandrake, while windows is on another.

How can I install mandrake without needing a CD, and which ISO image file thing should I download? I have a few floppies I can use, or if there are other ways, I will try them.

Thanks, Scott
Old 10-11-2004, 02:48 AM   #2
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I am pretty sure this is possible, but I am not sure on specific details. The basic idea is to copy the image of the installation CD to the windows partition, boot off the image and run the installation process.

That's the theory. In practice you probably need some sort of boot floppy to get started. This needs to use the 'loopback device' to mount the CD image as if it was an actual partition, and then start the installation process.

Maybe MDK provides such a thing already?

There are certainly some clever tricks around for this sort of thing. Using

you can boot knoppix without either a CD or floppy, but I'd be very surprised if the same thing worked for MDK.


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