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Hello, here's my situation.  I have a computer that I would like to install Suse 10.1 on.  The operating disk I have is a DVD and the computer doesn't have a DVD drive only a CD.  So I was wondering if anyone could tell me if it is possible to break the DVD down onto multiple bootable CD's.  Using Roxio I was able to create an image of the DVD but I can not figure out how to burn it onto multiple CD's.  Any help would be appreciated.  
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by:arnold
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You should try and obtain the CD version of the SUS distribution.
http://download.novell.com/index.jsp
Breaking up the DVD depends on whether they have provided an option to create CD from the DVD i.e. they provided an application on the DVD that will create/generate CD ISOs.

You can download individual CD ISOs.


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by:EE009
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You may opt to options

1.Use vmware server(Free) and install Suse on yours pc with an image of this DVD whether or not you physically have an DVD drive  it will be fully  fine with  iso and .nrg images.

2.Download Suse live cd from here so that you try and install Suse from here
                 
                            http://iso.linuxquestions.org/suse/suse-live-9.2/
Cheers
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by:tourist08
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yeah I've done that before but here's why I'm not downloading that yet.  I've tested suse 10.1 with this application that is used at my work, which was all done on my vmware machine.  but I see on the novell site that they don't offer 10.1 anymore and I didn't want to go through the hassle of having to possibly retest/debug the application on another version of suse.  It might not make a difference but since download time is a couple hours sometimes I would rather find another solution.  I'm pretty sure I've seen people do this before but I can't remember how they did it.    
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by:tourist08
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EE09.  You must have responded while I was posting a response to arnold.  So are you saying I would install vmware server on the host computer and then place the images that I have in the vmware server and run them from there?  
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by:arnold
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I'm not really sure of your 10 10.1 distinction.
You can download versions 10, 10 SP1 and 10 SP2.
I would suspect that no matter what version you install, you will update the with released patches.

You could setup a network boot server, but that might not be what you are looking to do.
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by:arnold
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Check the DVD to see whether it has subfolders labeled as CDs (CD1, etc.).  IF they do, you could make CDs from each of these folders and there will likely be a Boot CD ISO as well.
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by:tourist08
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arnold.  That's the thing I'm not sure if there is or isn't a distinction and I didn't want to take the time to download the iso's then find out that there is a distinction.  
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by:arnold
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What is the concern that you have?  Is the current installed version up-to-date?

I do not know whether the SUSE notation i.e. 10 is the original release and 10.1 is the 10 release with Service Pack 1 applied and 10.2 is 10 with service pack 2 applied.

I do not believe you would have an issue with running your application on newer version.
Eventually you will have to get the newer version anyway.

Check how the DVD is broken up.
The 4 CD downloads amount to 2.xGB while the DVD is 4.2GB.  The CD ISOs could be included on the DVD.
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by:tourist08
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arnold.  now that you mention it when Roxio created the disc image it placed it into 5 different.  4 of them are 2gb and 1 of them is 2kb.  So maybe the 2kb is the boot file and the other files are just data files?  I'll try to burn a cd with the 2kb and one of the 2gb files and see what it does.
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by:arnold
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Get isobuster/magiciso/magicdisc and look at the contents of the DVD.
Even though you saved it on CDs, they might not work as a bootable CD which you need to boot the system and start the install.
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well just as I hit submit to post my comment I realized the cd's won't even hold a gig so that option is out.
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arnold.  Ok let me ask you this.  I downloaded the suse 11.1 live cd.  Twice actually.  And everytime I go to install it it says that my media is corrupt or bad.  And I did the media check and it confirmed that on both downloads.  So I am able to run the live cd and I have hooked up an external dvd drive and placed my original suse 10 dvd in it and it mounts on the desktop.  So my question is how do i run the dvd?  i don't see an executable.  I know that this is running off from my original topic but at this point I will accept any solution.
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What says that the media is corrupt or bad?
Can you boot the system using the external DVD?  Is this an option in your system's BIOS.
During boot up do you have an option to bring up the BIOS boot manager? Depending on the system it could be done by hitting the escape key, F10 etc.
once the BIOS boot menu comes up, can you see the External DVD listed as a resource that you can use to boot up the system?
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If I do a media check on the live cd it says something about md5 is corrupt.  No I can't see the dvd in the bios.  I've put it in the machine and I've also attached via usb.  The computer is an HP.  It mounts when I run the suse live disc and have the dvd player attached via usb connection.  I just can't seem to find out how to run it.  do i have to go through terminal?  is there an autorun file that I can click.  
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In order to perform the install the SUSE DVD needs to be the one that boots the system.
If you are unable to boot from the USB attached DVD, your next step is to setup a network BOOT using the PXE.
See if the below helps:
http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Network_Installation_of_SuSE_Linux_via_PXE_Boot
http://tr.opensuse.org/SuSE_install_with_PXE_boot

I.e. you would use your VM suse setup as the Boot server.
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I don't believe the question was answered.  Arnold did try to assist me with a work around but that was not what I was looking for.  You can close the question if you want to and award points to Arnold for his assistance but I do not feel that there was any solution presented to me.  
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The only possible answer is to obtain the CD media set from the manufacturer.  It might be possible to locate the version you want through their Archive location which one has to locate.

Unless the DVD media kit presents tools/options to create CD Images, your options are limited.  A network Boot, a bootable USB Stick is another thing to explore, the problem with this situation is that any approach you take is a trial and error.  It will either work or you will have to try something else.  If you have a DVD drive that you can switch in for the purpose of installing the OS, that will solve so many things.
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