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Old 01-21-2002, 06:28 PM   #1
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Installation of RH without a CDROM Drive?

Can anyone help me with an installation question or point me to some info about this problem. I have and older computer which I would like to install Linux on (I have RH7.2 isos on CDs), but I this bloody computer has a swappable CDROM/Floppy drive, and does not allow a CDROM boot. The problem is, I can boot with boot floppy, but then cannot access my CDROM (actually needs to be in the computer when its booted to be recognized, so just swapping them after the boot doesnt work). And naturally, since I can't perform a CDROM boot, I can't get the RH installation going.

If anyone can suggest a clever way to load Linux from either the hard drive or a million floppy disks I would appreciate it.

Old 01-22-2002, 01:16 AM   #2
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I'm pretty sure you can place the iso images on the hardrive on a dos partition and then boot with a floppy and install via floppy and harddrive. I'm not sure how you go about it exactly but has good documentation regarding various installation strategies.
good luck
Old 01-22-2002, 01:42 AM   #3
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Hmm, are you saying that at one given time you can have either a floppy or a cdrom in

Never heard of that

If so, put the cdrom in and go into your bios (setup) and change the boot order of the computer to read cdrom first. This is if your board supports it
Old 01-22-2002, 04:37 PM   #4
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Yes, unfortunately. It's a horrible design as you can imagine. You can at only one time have either the CD drive or the floppy drive. There is one slot and they pop out. Ridiculous really. Thanks for the tip, I'll check out the Redhat documents for the time being.


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