don't have a dvd burner. grub

  • briwood
Posted: Sat, 04/19/2008 - 21:47
If I don't have a DVD burner (I'm on a Thinkpad T40) is it possible to mount the installer image in Ubuntu and run it like a virtual DVD? If so, any quick pointers? Also I currently dual boot XP and Ubuntu 7.10. I'd like to triple boot by adding 64 Studio. If I run the 64 Studio installer will it see my existing grub and simply add an option for the 64 Studio partition? Thanks!

100% correct

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sun, 04/20/2008 - 11:50
A new install always creates a new grub, but it will have your other OS's listed. Luckily it does not work like the windows installer...

GRUB loader

  • Pablo
  • 07/11/07
  • Sun, 04/20/2008 - 11:47
Please Quentin, correct me if I'm wrong. Briwood: "If I run the 64 Studio installer will it see my existing grub and simply add an option for the 64 Studio partition?" I don't think so. The debian installer will detect your current partitions. But, afaik, once you have installed the new OS in a new partition, it'll install a NEW grub loader with all of your OS's. By the way, 64Studio installer is the same as Debian Etch installer if you want to search for howto's. But yes, you'll have a grub boot loader with XP, Ubuntu and 64Studio.

USB booting

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sun, 04/20/2008 - 11:36
If you can boot of USB on the thinkpad, there are some info on putting boot cd/dvd on a usb stick and booting of that. I have not done it myself (I have a DVD drive) but a quick google should set you right.

You can buy a DVD

  • briwood
  • 04/19/08
  • Sun, 04/20/2008 - 05:12
Since you have to boot of the DVD, mounting the iso image and tricking the os into thinking that it is a CD drive that it should boot off of, might be tricky. For anyone in my situation, you might consider buying a DVD. Here's a link to the 32bit installer DVD: http://www.osdisc.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi/products/linux/64studio/pc.html#