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<SOLVED> ISO booting and installation

Postby vaikz on Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:57 am

I would like to install mint 13 on my system and I don't have a DVD's and UFD. What I have is a external HDD with lots of iso's and softwares
were I boot these using grub4dos ISO mapping. Is there a way we can achieve this with mint?

Here's the link:
http://reboot.pro/5041/
and also this for ubuntu 12.04
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/ISOBoot/Examples and https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/ISOBoot/Examples

Thanks in advance for the help. :)
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Re: ISO booting and installation

Postby oobetimer on Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:03 pm

With UNetbootin you can make it easily .. :wink:

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Re: ISO booting and installation

Postby caribriz on Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:21 pm

I don't know anything about grub4dos, but found this - maybe you could adapt this to boot Mint 13 iso from your external hdd :?:
http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/27232-grub4dos-booting-from-iso-image-on-usb-drive-how-to-write-menu-lst/page2
POST #15 has an entry for Mint 8 - try using that menuentry, only changing the iso file name and location to reflect your Mint 13 iso.
As far as I know - the rest of the menuentry is the same for Mint 8 and Mint 13 isos.

If you want to go with Grub2, read this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=46&t=103062
There have been some problems booting Mint 13 32-bit isos - forum member breaker has provided a fixed 32-bit LM13 Mate iso via torrent (see page 2 of thread).
64-bit isos seem to boot without a problem with Grub2.

Edit: What are you currently running on your system - Windows ... another linux install?

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Re: ISO booting and installation

Postby Habitual on Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:57 pm

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Re: ISO booting and installation

Postby mintybits on Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:09 pm

Another way is to boot the live iso in Virtual Box and then install to a real drive that VBox has been given access to. This is nice because you can use the rest of your system as normal while it gets on with a new install.
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Re: ISO booting and installation

Postby vaikz on Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:10 pm

Thnx for the reply guys.
oobetimer wrote:With UNetbootin you can make it easily .. :wink:

viewtopic.php?f=42&t=106727

Tried already this but I encountered problems when booting. I can't remember what the error was, i just goes to bash...

I don't know anything about grub4dos, but found this - maybe you could adapt this to boot Mint 13 iso from your external hdd :?:
http://forums.mydigitallife.info/thread ... -lst/page2
POST #15 has an entry for Mint 8 - try using that menuentry, only changing the iso file name and location to reflect your Mint 13 iso.
As far as I know - the rest of the menuentry is the same for Mint 8 and Mint 13 isos.

If you want to go with Grub2, read this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=46&t=103062
There have been some problems booting Mint 13 32-bit isos - forum member breaker has provided a fixed 32-bit LM13 Mate iso via torrent (see page 2 of thread).
64-bit isos seem to boot without a problem with Grub2.

I'll check on this, I was able to do this before with mint 10 or 11, but it seems those cheat code does not work anymore. :(

Edit: What are you currently running on your system - Windows ... another linux install?

right now, i'm with windows 7.

mintybits wrote:Another way is to boot the live iso in Virtual Box and then install to a real drive that VBox has been given access to. This is nice because you can use the rest of your system as normal while it gets on with a new install.

I already done that, I always test it with virtualbox before deciding to install it physically.

Again, thanks for the input guys. I will check some your suggestions and get back later if I encountered some errors.
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Re: ISO booting and installation

Postby caribriz on Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:47 pm

This also might be worth a look:
http://agnipulse.com/2011/08/install-ubuntu-hard-disk/

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Re: ISO booting and installation

Postby vaikz on Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:44 pm

Update:

Tried booting from iso using grub4dos from the link given caribriz failed. It give me an error "cannot find the iso". There was a problem on mount.ntfs on the 32bit versions.

When I tried extracting the content of the iso to the root of my usb hdd, It will not also continue. I forgot the error messages, it just stop on the bash cli.

My last option right now, Is to download the remastered mint 13 iso 32bit (only on mate) created by breaker or use the 64 bit version instead. But I would like to use cinnamon.
Right now I'm downloading the mint 13 cinnamon 64bit.

Thanks again guys.
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Re: ISO booting and installation

Postby mintybits on Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:36 am

You can run the live iso in VBox and use it to install Mint to your non-virtual HD.
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Re: ISO booting and installation

Postby vaikz on Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:58 pm

mintybits wrote:You can run the live iso in VBox and use it to install Mint to your non-virtual HD.

I check on this. By the way, do you know how to mount real hard drive in virtualbox?

Update:
From this post http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=103062. There's a bug from the 32bit
version w/c it will not boot because of "mount.ntfs". Breaker already posted a remastered 32bit mate iso for download,
it is already proven to work.

Right now, with booting mint 13 iso had no problem on the 64bit version. In fact, i'm writing on the live iso right now.

I'll mark this as solve since breaker found the problem and was able to resolve it by creating a remastered iso.
just go to the link above if you want to boot iso mint 13 32bit or use the 64bit instead.
thanks for the help guys.
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Re: ISO booting and installation

Postby mintybits on Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:08 pm

vaikz wrote:I check on this. By the way, do you know how to mount real hard drive in virtualbox?

Yes. See: https://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch09.html#rawdisk

VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename /path/to/file.vmdk -rawdisk /dev/sda
VBoxManage storageattach "Windows XP" --storagectl "SATA Controller" --port 0 --device 0 --type hdd --medium /path/to/file.vmdk
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