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  1. #1
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    How to start ubuntu installation from a boot disk

    I am trying to install Ubuntu on an old compaq to use as a server.

    My problem is that this compaq is evil, and I can't change the boot order to boot from the CD Drive.

    From a windows 98 boot disk I can browse the CD.

    What should I do to initiate the installation? Which file should I run?

    Thanks a lot. :0)

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    Re: How to start ubuntu installation from a boot disk

    See if the info in this thread helps Click Here

    Look down about the 3rd or 4th reply.
    registered linux user #380455

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    Re: How to start ubuntu installation from a boot disk

    Thanks, that helped a lot :0)

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    Re: How to start ubuntu installation from a boot disk

    Does anyone have a suggestion for where to find the right boot disk for a Linux OS PC? The problem that I have is that the PC now won't boot up to get to any sort of prompt needed to enter the boot from a disk command. The current error message appears as:

    Several different Journal has aborted messages followed by:

    /etc/init.d/rc: 2: /etc/rc$.d/S85urandom: Input/output error
    init: rc-default main process (6229) terminated with status 2
    [ 394.369813] Buffer I/O error on devece sda4, logical block 0
    [ 394.369902] Buffer I/O error on devece sda4, logical block 786434
    [ 394.369973] Buffer I/O error on devece sda4, logical block 786435
    [ 394.370043] Buffer I/O error on devece sda4, logical block 786436
    [ 394.370126] Buffer I/O error on devece sda4, logical block 786438

    After that the cursor just sits there forever no matter what commands we type in.

    We haven't been able to start up anything since we lost power last week. The UPS was connected.

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    Re: How to start ubuntu installation from a boot disk

    If you are interested I have an image of a boot floppy that boots from
    the Floppy and transfers the boot to a USB device even if the Computer's
    BIOS doesn't support booting from USB. I got the information from a
    website on the internet.....but don't have that site readily available
    on this computer. I'll try to locate that url, and if you want the image
    I'll upload or send it.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...ht=boot+floppy
    Posting #4

    http://damnsmalllinux.org/cgi-bin/fo...T;f=17;t=20721


    Another thing you can try is Plop.
    http://www.plop.at/

    Either should work.

    lk
    Last edited by lkraemer; August 10th, 2011 at 01:32 PM.

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