Re: Install Linux via second computer
- From: Heiko Recktenwald <me@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 18:54:28 +0200
Timothy Murphy wrote:
Syed Ashrafulla wrote:Btw, I would also try PicoBSD, compare, convinced me.
Hi. I have a problem in that my laptop has no operating system on it,
and it's CD drive is broken. Also, it can't boot from USB. So
basically, I have to find some way of putting an OS on the hard drive
that finds out the hardware dependencies on the fly. I have a 2.5"
enclosure so I can put anything on the hard drive. I thought about
installing Slax to a USB key and copying the files over, but that was a
disaster. So, is there any way for me to take one computer, install a
linux OS onto an external HD that is hardware-independent, put that
hard drive into a laptop, and have the laptop boot without a system
disk? And if the reason I can't do that is because I need a system
disk, where do I look for the boot disk? Thanks.
I think the instructions in
will probably work, with a bit of luck.
As others suggested, I would run in text mode
(change "id:5:initdefault:" in /etc/inittab to "id:3:initdefault:"
on the new disk).
Incidentally, do you have a floppy drive?
If so, there would be several other options
as you would find if you google for "linux boot floppy"
or "damn small linux floppy".
You can install FreeBSD very easily via PLIP from another computer, if you have a floppy drive, comes with two bootfloppys...
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