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Old 04-08-2003, 02:32 PM   #1
Linus VanPelt
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Mandrake 9.1 installation from boot disk and download?

Last week someone suggested that I could install Mandrake 9.1 by downloading the system and booting from a boot disk to run the installation. (Or something like that). Essentially they were suggesting there was a way to download 9.1 without having to burn the ISO images to a CD.

Can someone explain how this can be done?
Old 04-08-2003, 02:37 PM   #2
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I haven't done this, but I have looked into it a bit (I'd love to hear someone who has done this with Mandrake 9.0 or 9.1)...basically you make a boot disk with the network.img instead of the regular one.

Then what happens is that the disk will prompt you for a network location to install from (this is likely an ftp address...).

One thing that annoyed me when I tried the boot disk is that it doesn't give you a list of choices, its just a blank you have to KNOW where you're going to install from over the net.

At the time this screwed me up since I had no PC up and running (which is what I was trying to install) so I couldn't just boot up and go find a good address. So I gave up and installed a RedHat CD I had lying around...(This was a couple of years ago the install may be a lot better now)

Still...if you can, get the CDs, they are worth having.


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