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Why this installation method?
Because I have a laptop/desktop with neither CD drive nor Floppy drive that can actually make the machine boot from. However, I do have a PCMCIA Cd drive.
If you don't have the PCMCIA Cd drive, I believe there's a way to install from a partition (usually /dev/the_partition) you mount during installation procedure.
If you have an URL we can use for that method, please provide it.
Hardware used for this
I successfully did it on:
- Fujitsu Lifebook B2175
- Celeron 500 MHz
- 256 MB of Ram
- 20 GB of HD
- PCMCIA CD drive
Ubuntu previously installed on server mode via Edubuntu NetBoot
- Edubuntu CD (latest breezy .iso at the time I am writing this)
Edubuntu or any GnuLinux distro should do fine.
vmlinuz and initrd.gz files
Preparing the booting
- Mount the Edubuntu Cd to a dir you have access to or create a new directory (it depends on what permissions you have to work on the current system).
As for this HowTo I am using a previously installed Ubuntu on server mode, I created a /mnt/CdDrive directory, and then mounted /dev/hdc on it, which is the PCMCIA Cd drive.
$ mkdir /mnt/CdDrive $ mount /dev/hdc /mnt/CdDrive
Get the vmlinuz and initrd.gz files from the Edubuntu Cd.
Edit Grub file
Let's set menu.lst to read our vmlinuz and initrd.gz files.
Ooops! I apologize but I have lost the URL where I found the lines to set GRUB. If you know the lines, please do provide them.
PLACE THE LINES HERE
Now, let's reboot and cross fingers