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Old 08-05-2010, 11:01 AM   #1
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No CD/DVD drive. Install from USB?


Hi!

I have been handed an Acer Aspire one with an Intel Atom chip to install SuSE (SLES 10.3) on it by someone who knows even less of computers than I do, but who is higher up in the hierarchy of things.
I've installed SuSE via DVD's quite a few times on normal desktop PC's, but um, this tiny little thing doesn't have a DVD drive. Only USB ports and a network port. I was quite shocked!

Hm, so since I have the necessary DVD's I should just get them onto a USB stick or what? A normal copy over? I saw that there is an option to boot from a USB and some other USB-CDROM or something. Can the USB stick have other data on it, or should it be clean?

Usually I've used GParted to shrink the Windows partition beforehand and then just to concern myself with the respective partitions within the Linux installation, but is that necessary? I vaguely recall that the SuSE installation might be able to handle a little bit of partitioning by itself, but how reliable is it? This is just laziness, but I'm just wondering how many CD's / DVD's I'm going to have to copy over.

Like I've said, the person will not be impressed if I mess up.

Any advice and comments will be appreciated.

;-)
 
Old 08-05-2010, 11:10 AM   #2
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You can get the parted magic usb image from their site... same for other Linux distros
 
Old 08-05-2010, 11:11 AM   #3
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I used these instructions to install OpenSUSE from USB on my computer:

http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Live_USB_stick

Unetbootin is also popular (though I don't personally use it):

http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net
 
Old 08-05-2010, 11:16 AM   #4
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Hi---------------

the good folk over at pendrive offer this tutorial

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/usb-sus...drive-install/

good luck-----------------knuckle
 
Old 08-05-2010, 11:37 AM   #5
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Okay thanks for your quick help. I think I might make use of UNetbootin.

Hm, I guess this is a very stupid question, but so be it:

In the following
Code:
[root@gnlserv01 SUSE-Linux-Enterprise-Server.001]# ls
ARCHIVES.gz  COPYRIGHT.de                      gpg-pubkey-b37b98a9-486b702f.asc
boot         directory.yast                    INDEX.gz
ChangeLog    docu                              ls-lR.gz
content      dosutils                          media.1
content.asc  gpg-pubkey-0dfb3188-41ed929b.asc  patches
content.key  gpg-pubkey-307e3d54-481f30aa.asc  pubring.gpg
control.xml  gpg-pubkey-3d25d3d9-36e12d04.asc  README
COPYING      gpg-pubkey-7e2e3b05-4816488f.asc  RELEASE-NOTES.txt
COPYING.de   gpg-pubkey-9c800aca-481f343a.asc  suse
COPYRIGHT    gpg-pubkey-a1912208-446a0899.asc
where do I find the .iso file / image.
Or do I have a completely incorrect idea of what I should be looking for?
 
Old 08-05-2010, 11:54 AM   #6
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You can convert the CD to an .iso file using your favorite burning/ripping software (such as Brasero).

There may be a way to do it from the command line, too, I honestly don't know (but it seems plausible, maybe using dd?).

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