Install with no cd and no usb boot? SOLVED

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Install with no cd and no usb boot? SOLVED

Postby cormorant » Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:35 pm

Hi I have an older Toshiba laptop with a faulty cd drive. I live in a remote location where I can't get spare parts in S America. I would like to replace Linux Mint 12 with a newer version of Mint XFCE, however no cd drive and bios doesn't support boot from USB. Any way this can be done? I have a 2nd laptop but the toshiba has a ide hd and the other one has sata. Otherwise it would be easy :) Any way to do this?
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Re: Install with no cd and no usb boot?

Postby austin.texas » Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:23 pm

Yes, this can be done fairly easily. You have to have a separate partition so that you can use Mint 12 to install the newer version of Mint.
Create a / partition for the new version, 10 to 15 GB.
Using Mint 12, download the Mint xfce .iso file.

Install grml-rescueboot with this command:
sudo apt-get install grml-rescueboot
Then make sure that the /boot/grml folder exists. If it does not exist, create it with the command.
sudo mkdir /boot/grml

Place your Mint ISO in the /boot/grml folder.
For example, if the ISO is located in the user's Downloads folder, the command would be:
sudo cp ~/Downloads/Mintfilename.iso /boot/grml/

Update GRUB
sudo update-grub

This automatically adds a menuentry to the GRUB menu for any ISO files located in the /boot/grml folder.
The created menuentry, when selected, provides submenu options on how to boot the ISO, including the "Try Mint" and "Install" options.

Now reboot, and choose the iso menuentry, and it will run just like booting the live DVD.
http://wiki.grml.org/doku.php?id=rescueboot

grml-rescueboot does not support lvm and md/raid devices
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Re: Install with no cd and no usb boot? SOLVED

Postby cormorant » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:06 am

Many thanks all good and Mint 17 xfce installed now :)


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