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    PC only boots from 700MB CD - Can I tailor the ISO down to 700MB?

    Can I reduce the Saucy ISO to 700MB? My PC will not boot from USB DVD or USB stick and CDROM drive is limited to 700MB CDR.

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    Re: PC only boots from 700MB CD - Can I tailor the ISO down to 700MB?

    Jon02794; Hi ! Welcome to the forum.
    No can reduce the size of the desktop (or any online .iso file) with out really getting down to the guts and gore level.

    A better option might be to use the alternate or minimal edition, both will fit onto a CD.
    Also Lubuntu will fit on a CD (at least 13.04 did ).
    Admittedly a fair amount of familiarity with 'buntu to effect an alternate install would be helpful, It is not that difficult, and we can help you over the rough spots.

    hey, it's a thought
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: PC only boots from 700MB CD - Can I tailor the ISO down to 700MB?

    Does your computer have a USB port? If so, a USB install may be easier.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...n/FromUSBStick
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    Re: PC only boots from 700MB CD - Can I tailor the ISO down to 700MB?

    Jon02794,

    I see you joined the Ubuntu forums last year. Do you happen to have Grub 2 on your computer for booting purposes?

    If so, you can download the ISO file directly to your hard drive, boot it from Grub 2 and then install or try it without using a CD/DVD/thumb drive.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/ISOBoot
    GRUB2

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    Re: PC only boots from 700MB CD - Can I tailor the ISO down to 700MB?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon02794 View Post
    Can I reduce the Saucy ISO to 700MB? My PC will not boot from USB DVD or USB stick and CDROM drive is limited to 700MB CDR.
    Quote Originally Posted by drs305 View Post
    Jon02794,

    I see you joined the Ubuntu forums last year. Do you happen to have Grub 2 on your computer for booting purposes?

    If so, you can download the ISO file directly to your hard drive, boot it from Grub 2 and then install or try it without using a CD/DVD/thumb drive.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/ISOBoot
    If you don't have any Linux with Grub2 on your PC then Install Lubuntu from CD and follow drs305's suggestion if you insist on having Ubuntu. Once Ubuntu is installed and running you can remove Lubuntu, if you don't want it.

    @drs305: glad to see you.
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    Re: PC only boots from 700MB CD - Can I tailor the ISO down to 700MB?

    Still another way:

    For PCs that will not boot from a USB device, this may work (I have only used it once and it did work):

    Download iso of plop bootloader, burn it to a CD.
    Download iso of Ubuntu OS, create a USB installer.
    Boot plop bootloader from CD drive.
    Plug in USB installer.
    Select USB boot from Plop menu.
    USB should boot.
    Carry out normal installation.

    http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanagers.html

    use the download link, download plpbt-5.0.14.zip

    The iso you burn is inside.

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    Re: PC only boots from 700MB CD - Can I tailor the ISO down to 700MB?

    How about using Xubuntu 12.04? It's not the latest, and definitely not the prettiest, but older PCs that can only boot from CDROM will actually appriciate it.
    Xubuntu 12.04 is supported for 3 years till April 2015, and does fit on CD.
    http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/relea...sktop-i386.iso

    Of cause, you can also remaster an Ubuntu ISO:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCDCustomization
    Last edited by mikewhatever; November 2nd, 2013 at 12:59 PM.

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