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On Fri, 2007-09-07 at 13:43 -0700, Rick Stevens wrote:

> > > > > > > 
> > > > > > > I keep reading about linux ubs systems.
> > > > > > 
> > > > > > Do you mean USB?  (Dyslexics Untie!)
> > > > > > 
> > > > > > > Is it possible to install
> > > > > > > Fedora from one of these?
> > > > > > 
> > > > > > I think so, if the box will boot from a USB device.  I think the more
> > > > > > recent boxes do.
> > > > > > 
> > > > > > > I don't have a dvd and am reluctant to buy
> > > > > > > one just to upgrade to FC-7.
> > > > > > 
> > > > > > The other alternative is to download the DVD ISO to a hard drive,
> > > > > > internal or USB drive, then boot from the F7 rescue CD to install.  I
> > > > > > think that will work.  Not tried.  I'm still migrating to FC6.
> > > > > 
> > > > > There's also an "F7 Live CD" you can download, burn and boot.  It will
> > > > > run all by itself or you can do a network install from it using public
> > > > > servers.
> > > > > 
> > > > I have access to cable Internet at my son's on a Windows PC.  Could I
> > > > burn the live CD and then install to a usb device that I could bring
> > > > home and use on my system?  If so, how would you suggest going about it?
> > > 
> > > The live CD is designed to be burned to a CD as it's an ISO file (CD
> > > ROM image file).  I suggested it as you said you didn't have a DVD
> > > but I assumed you may have had a CD drive.  The nice thing about the
> > > live CD is that you can "try it first" and install to hard drive if
> > > you like it.
> > > 
> > > If you want to install and bypass the "try it first" stuff, you can do
> > > a network install using a USB thumbdrive.  Download the "diskboot.img"
> > > file from one of the mirrors and copy that to your thumbdrive using
> > > "dd" or (under DOS/Windows), "rawrite".  You can boot the thumbdrive and
> > > do a network install.
> > > 
> > > Have a look at this page:
> > > 
> > > http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/f7/en_US/sn-which-files.html
> > > 
> > > Try to figure out what you want to do and we'll do what we can to help.
> > > 
> > > think it'd work, however.  I can give it a try.
> > > > 
> > Here are my bios usb options:FDD,HDD,ZIP,CDROM.  Do you think I could
> > boot from usb?
> 
> A thumb drive will appear as an HDD, so if those are the options under
> USB boot devices, yes.  You do have some work to do:
> 
> 1. Download the "diskboot.img" file from one of the repositories
> 
> 2. Use some program to copy the image file to the thumb drive.  Under
> DOS or Windows, find a copy of "rawrite" and use it.  Under Linux, use
> "dd", e.g.:
> 
> 	dd if=/path/to/diskboot.img of=/dev/sda bs=512
> 
> That assumes that the thumb drive showed up as /dev/sda.  Use the
> "dmesg" command to display where the kernel actually found it.
> 
> 3. Plug the thumb drive into the target machine.
> 
> 4. Reboot the target machine. If the system already has a bootable OS on
> the hard drive, change the boot order in the BIOS screen to boot the
> USB drive first.  If there is no bootable OS on the hard drive, you
> can skip this step.
> 
> 5. Follow the prompts at the boot screen you see.
> 
> Again, for about $40 you can get an external USB DVD/RW drive.  They're
> REALLY handy to have around.

I think you're trying to tell me something here.
> 
-- 
Fred

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