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Old 03-07-2004, 12:03 PM   #1
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Question RH instalation without booting into CD of floppy?


I was wondering is it possible to start RH installation process without booting into CD or floppy? I mean is there a way to copy booting information from RH9.0 CD into MBR?

Old 03-07-2004, 03:13 PM   #2
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It may be technically possible, but has not much sense (practical realization would result in copying the image to the hd, but not as a file). Why do you need such a configuration?
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well, I found an old laptop, and it's BIOS does not support booting from CD. I downloaded a newer version of BIOS but it creates bootable floppy, which I cannot use, because there is no floppy drive (it must have had an external floppy drive, which I cannot find). So I figured that if I could start instalation process from HD I would not have to buy a new external floppy drive..
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I need to boot from HD but cannot because i have no way of putting stuff onto a partition.
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If you have nothing on your harddrive (nothing that boots) then I don't know. Except getting a bootable network card maybe.
If you already have some kind of windows installed however, then you can use that.
(I've only tried this with Debian)
Make a new partition for your linux.
Copy CD onto your disk, say in c:\debian3\
- Copy basesystem-tars and drivers-tars to c:\linux\
- Make your windows dos-bootable
Reboot to dos, start the installation with loadlin
After the installation has loaded
- open new console: Alt-F2
mkdir /dos
mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /dos
mount /dev/hda1 /dos
and install the system off the mounted /dos partition


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