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Linux - No CD Install???

Posted on 2006-04-21
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Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I have a laptop that does not have a CD or DVD drive...  I have an external floppy for the laptop.

I have a 40gb drive in it, I created a 6gb partition, formatted with ext3 and copied the entire contents of Ubuntu 5.1 DVD to it.

I created a boot floppy (got the image from Tom's Root Boot).

I can boot the laptop with the floppy and it boots fine, I can even mount the /dev/hda1 to /installer from the command line then I can see the ubuntu image that I have put in that partition under hda1/ubuntu1

After that I am lost!  lol, I cannot figure out how to start the installer.

do I need to create the partion /dev/hda1 as bootable, then map the /ubuntu1 directory somehow?  If so how do I do that?

Do I need to edit the boot floppy to find the boot kernel on the partion hda1?

Is there some way that I can simply boot the floppy and mount hda1 as I have been doing then start the install from the cmd line?

Question by:lgropper
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xberry earned 2000 total points
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Well, havent't done this myself, at least not for long time
 and not with Ubuntu, but as I can figure from that docu, you
should obtain a Grub boot disk, then hold to example in section
 "Booting into installation" by replacing specs with yours.
Point is that simply mounting your hd-files to floppy won't do
anything. Installer has to be booted and run like
a tiny Linux-system.

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