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Old 02-06-2006, 07:22 PM   #1
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Unhappy Trying in vain to netinstall linux

Its literally driveing me insane, here is my situation.

I have a three disc iso set of mandrake linux that I want to put on an old x86 comp. Only thing is that I dont have a burner, both burners on my desktop and laptop are broken.(I know thier cheap but im broke, literally)

Would I be able to use my desktop over my home network running windows xp and a CD emmulator to install to the X86 with absolutely no o/s?

I have searched high and low for the answer to this, but it seems it is only discussed using a linux box as a server to install to a client without an O/S.

Old 02-06-2006, 07:37 PM   #2
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You should be able to do that, but I'm sorry I can't help you with that.

But if you have a floppy drive and internet connection, you might try Debian. You can download a couple of floppies and do most of the install over the internet. Just use rawrite in windows to make the floppies. Here's a link:
Old 02-06-2006, 07:42 PM   #3
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Hey let's do it simple.

Call a friend.

Ask him to burn the CD for you.
Old 02-06-2006, 08:33 PM   #4
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not going about it the right way.

Your approach is all wrong. What you need to do is get a service going where you'll be able to boot the system over the LAN. Windows calls it RIS(remote installation services). I know there's a linux equivalent. Perhaps you could get it going in cygwin? Please forgive the lack of detail.
Old 02-06-2006, 08:42 PM   #5
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Looks a great start.
Old 02-09-2006, 07:01 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help guys, I installed debian given the advice.


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