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Install Mint without a CDROM

Postby thedeerhunter270 on Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:02 pm

Hi,

I need a bit of help.

I have an old laptop with a broken CDROM (no floppy drive).

I want to install Mint on it said laptop. But I'm not sure how I'm going to achieve it.

At the moment I have XP on the HD, which was installed by putting the HD into another laptop with a working CDROM, and coping the i386 folder and installing from there.

I also have an external CDROM, which the old laptop wont boot from - although it will boot a USB Pen Drive oddly enough.

Cheers for any thoughts.
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Postby clem on Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:22 pm

how big is your USB Pen Drive ? I suppose you could transfer the content of the CDROM to the USB Pen drive and take it from there.

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Postby thedeerhunter270 on Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:35 pm

clem wrote:how big is your USB Pen Drive ? I suppose you could transfer the content of the CDROM to the USB Pen drive and take it from there.

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I have 3, but for some reason the only one that will boot is the smallest one which is only 128Mb. The other ones are 256 and 512.

At the moment I have DSL on the 128 - I can boot (as I just tried it) into that ok.

I was thinking on the lines of - how I could access my USB CDROM in DSL, setup the HD and transfer something that way, but I'm kinda out of my dept.
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Postby clem on Thu Mar 01, 2007 1:08 pm

You could create an internal partition... copy the content of the CD in that partition, setup grub to boot this partition (do all that from DSL) and install from there... but to be honest it's really starting to get crazy. I suggest plugging the HDD in another laptop.

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Postby thedeerhunter270 on Thu Mar 01, 2007 1:57 pm

clem wrote: I suggest plugging the HDD in another laptop.


Yep, I tend to agree. I'll do that I think, I'll use a surrogate laptop.

But - should I boot off the live CD and copy the contents to the HD? And if I do - how to I run the install?

Or, should I just install from the surrogate?
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No CDROM

Postby Hiko96786 on Thu Mar 01, 2007 3:55 pm

If you boot off of the Live CD the install program is there in mint...just click it and away you go.
Or can you get the LAPTOP onto a network? If so you can install from the network and/or copy the whole .iso over and install from there as well I beleive. Not sure on exactlty on the steps needed but I believe installs can work that way.
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Re: No CDROM

Postby thedeerhunter270 on Thu Mar 01, 2007 4:28 pm

Thanks for your thoughts Edward.

Nah I can't boot a CDROM unfortunately, only with the HDD in a surrogate laptop.

Not sure I can get the laptop on network once I've vapped XP.

I kinda have a chicken and egg problem.

I think I'll have to try installing Mint to the HDD from the surrogate laptop, then fit the HDD back in the original - and hope that works.

I do have a 3.5 to 2.5 IDE cable that I could use to plug my laptop HDD into my desktop. But, I'm not sure how that would help - yet.
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USB

Postby Hiko96786 on Thu Mar 01, 2007 4:51 pm

Aloha,
Found this on installing from a pendrive....
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Insta ... omUSBStick
And I found this....
http://www.freesmug.org/review/gnulinuxiso_html
Which states...
How do I use this Linux iso to install Linux on my system?
There are several ways to install Linux using a Linux iso.
If you have a cd burner and software that can burn .iso or cdrom disk images you can burn the .iso to a cd. This cd can then be used to run or install Linux on your system. If you have a Linux system, you can mount the .iso file and access it, locally or remotely, as if it were a cdrom to perform an install or to update an existing system. You can then do an install or update.

And this...
http://marc.herbert.free.fr/linux/win2linstall.html
I will keep looking and see what I can come up with.
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Re: USB

Postby thedeerhunter270 on Thu Mar 01, 2007 5:31 pm

Hiko96786 wrote:Found this on installing from a pendrive

Thanks Edward, I appreciate the links - I'll have a longer look when I get home from work tomorrow.
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Postby Bunny on Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:04 pm

Here's one that doesn't need a flash drive big enough for the iso (I'm assuming you could just use a flash drive instead of a floppy disk):

http://efod.se/blog/archive/2006/11/29/installing-ubuntu-on-a-machine-with-no-cdrom-drive
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Postby thedeerhunter270 on Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:31 am

Bunny wrote:Here's one that doesn't need a flash drive big enough for the iso (I'm assuming you could just use a flash drive instead of a floppy disk):

Yeah I think you're right - the only issues I've had, albeit trying to boot MS DOS, is loading USB CDROM drivers, without a conflict to the USB Pen.

I'm in my lunch break, but I'll have a look when I get home later.

Although, what am I saying, I am home - I get nearly always come home for lunch! :)
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