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Running an O/S from CD/DVD?


SparkyJack

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Some years ago I purchased a Linux magazine the included a disk the allowed Linux to run from the disk without actually installing the O/S onto the computer.[I no longer have it]

What sort of disk is/was that and can I make/burn one from an ISO file?

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scotty

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Most Linux distributions will run from the install disc or a USB stick. I prefer the USB stick as it is much faster than a CD. Have a look at Unetbootin ( http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ ) for a program which will create a bootable USB stick. The program also downloads many of the common distributions for you or you can use an ISO already on your pc.

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Covergirl

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Agreed. I've got about 3 or 4 linux boot/installation CDs including Ubuntu, Suze, Red Hat etc.

Just find a site, download an iso and burn. PC mags such as PCA always used to include them on cover DVDs - I don't know if they still do as I haven't used any magazine cover disc for yonks.

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SparkyJack

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That was quick thank you.

Next question

I downloaded Mint10.

Ran ISO Buster to unpack it.

Used CD Burner XP Pro to burn it.

Here I found that although the file was is extensive - when copied[dragged] to the burn window - it only partially transferred.

I also note you both seemed to me to intimate the thing could run from the ISO file itself-

Did I read that aright?

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woodchip

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You are getting it wrong, a Linux Live CD does not run from the Disc. It loads to Computer Memory. that's why you need at least 512 Meg for it to run Windows will not run like this, it should and will run from solid State Memory, but CDRW is not fast enough to write to

Linux Live List

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Crosstrainer2

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Woodchip is right, but the other instructions above are correct, but when you burn the disk, it MUST be in ISO bootable format. I've got Ubuntu running on a really old PC ( so old I couldn't give it away) And it's great, driver support is also much improved too, a little learning about source code and how to unpack and install and off you go!

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robinofloxley

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No need to unpack, burn the iso straight to disc using, for example, imgburn

Imgburn

I also use uNetbootin to do same for flash cards/sticks

Other apps will also do these things but I find the above can be done in just a few clicks.

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robinofloxley

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Also note you can almost certainly boot from DVDs too if you have a DVD drive. Doesn't have to be CD.

Saves making a special trip if you run out of CDs.

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Crosstrainer2

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How do you post hyperlinks now? I've been away for a while :))

Can't copy and paste anymore?

Sorry, a bit off topic.

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robinofloxley

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Ctrl-L. Make a new thread if you want further info.

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LastChip

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If you're unpacking anything, you've got it wrong and it will never work.

You burn an iso file "as is".

This link which I wrote a while back, will explain exactly how to do it.

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