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Old 02-06-2004, 05:36 AM   #1
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Suse boot CD


I downloaded the suse linux distro and i tryed to copy all files to a
dvd with Nero using the boot DVD option with Floppy 1.44MB emulation
active. For boot image i used the file boot.iso on /boot.
When i tryed to boot from the dvd nothing happened.
Then i tryed to make a boot floppy using the file bootdisk as the
image file.
This worked but then i was asked to put the modules disk. Of course i
didn't have one.
So i tryed to make a boot CD copying all the files that were on /boot
and having the boot CD option active on the Nero software.
Once again nothing happened when i tryed to boot from the cd. Only a
cursor blinking. Can anyone here give me a help?
Old 02-06-2004, 05:40 PM   #2
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I can.

Suse does not want thier distro installed from and iso or by a single disk. I believe they intentionally made it difficult to raise the bar for support reasons etc.

The ISO file that is included with the downloadable distro from the suse site is a install jumpstart disk. You will notice that it is only 40 mb in size. Its purpose is to load a basic install program, and network drivers so that you can connect to the actual distrobution/install files by the following methods:

- a network share, such as a samba, ftp, nfs etc
- a local fat partition that already has the distro copied to it

If you have a spare windows box laying around, I would suggest getting the files on there and creating a basic windows share.... when you get to the install, select SMB as your install method and connect to the computer by its IP address.

if not, throw a 2nd hard drive into the computer you are trying to install, or create a 7 GB fat32 partition on your hard drive, and point the install to it.

does that make any sense?

Old 02-06-2004, 05:43 PM   #3
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let me clarify....

the boot cd that you are looking for (the "jumpstart" disk I mentioned in my previous post) should be the only .iso file in the distribution.... it is about 40 MB. Double click on that and use nero or ezcdcreator to create your boot disk.


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