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Thread: HOWTO: Add Text-Mode Installation to Desktop CD

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006

    HOWTO: Add Text-Mode Installation to Desktop CD

    This started with my ideas in this topic:

    I finally got this to work using the Windows OS and the HP Format Tool. This was tested on a 2GB Kingston USB Flash Drive. I won't get into how to format your flash-drive since im assuming that your flash drive is bootable. You can go to pendrivelinux's website to learn how to make your flash-drive bootable. When your in the pendrivelinux website make sure your looking at the DSL installation method and not the Ubuntu.

    To start off, make copy's of the Desktop CD and Alternative CD to different folders on your desktop.

    The Desktop CD will be your primary cd, You will be moving a few files from the Alternative CD to the Desktop CD.

    1. Copy all the files in the Alternative CD's /install directory to the Desktop CD's /install directory. Click 'No' if it says 'do you want to replace?'.

    2. Now open up the /isolinux directory and open the isolinux.cfg. For this you can open up the Alternative CD isolinux.cfg and just copy the menu labels and there contents to the isolinux.cfg of the Desktop CD, but I will just give you my premade one.

        DEFAULT /casper/vmlinuz
    GFXBOOT bootlogo
    APPEND  file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.gz quiet splash --
    LABEL live
      menu label ^Start/Install Ubuntu in GUI
      kernel /casper/vmlinuz
      append  file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.gz quiet splash --
    LABEL text
      menu label Install Ubuntu in Text-Mode
      kernel /install/vmlinuz
      append  file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed initrd=/install/initrd.gz quiet --
    LABEL cli
      menu label Install CLI Ubuntu
      kernel /install/vmlinuz
      append  file=/cdrom/preseed/cli.seed initrd=/install/initrd.gz --
    LABEL xforcevesa
      menu label Start Ubuntu in safe ^graphics mode
      kernel /casper/vmlinuz
      append  file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper xforcevesa initrd=/casper/initrd.gz quiet splash --
    LABEL driverupdates
      menu label Install with driver ^update CD
      kernel /casper/vmlinuz
      append  file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper debian-installer/driver-update=true initrd=/casper/initrd.gz quiet splash --
    LABEL check
      menu label ^Check CD for defects
      kernel /casper/vmlinuz
      append  boot=casper integrity-check initrd=/casper/initrd.gz quiet splash --
    LABEL rescue
      menu label ^Rescue a broken system
      kernel /install/vmlinuz
      append  rescue/enable=true initrd=/install/initrd.gz --
    LABEL memtest
      menu label ^Memory test
      kernel /install/mt86plus
      append -
    LABEL hd
      menu label ^Boot from first hard disk
      localboot 0x80
      append -
    DISPLAY isolinux.txt
    TIMEOUT 300
    PROMPT 1
    F1 f1.txt
    F2 f2.txt
    F3 f3.txt
    F4 f4.txt
    F5 f5.txt
    F6 f6.txt
    F7 f7.txt
    F8 f8.txt
    F9 f9.txt
    F0 f10.txt
    I wouldn't recommend you to run this of a CD even if it would be faster. Since this is beta test It will probably be slow and it will give you errors. One of the errors I got was 'There was an error starting Gnome settings daemon'.

    Since this is for a USB Flash Drive you will need to make it bootable with syslinux. I used syslinux for windows since the one for linux made the ldlinux.cfg but it didn't work correctly. It was practically empty. You will also have to rename the isolinux.cfg to syslinux.cfg and move all the contents of /isolinux to the root of your flash drive.

    PS: Make sure that you format the Flash Drive as Fat32 with the HP Format Tool.

    Other Distro's and Linux utilities that worked:

    Debian Etch ( Net Install )
    Ubuntu Feisty Mini ( 10 MB Net Install )
    GParted LiveUSB
    1. Ubuntu 9.10
    3. Windows 7 (Games)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    $HOME (Washington State)

    Re: HOWTO: Add Text-Mode Installation to Desktop CD

    Wow, I have been wondering how I would do something like this! I might use it in my FV-Ubuntu (if I can ever get the ISO built >.<). I am trying to make it good for old computers, and this is PERFECT as it allows me to use BOTH the LiveCD AND the Text Installer in case the LiveCD doesn't work. I will test as soon as I get my ISO built w/o it being over 700 mb (cannot burn DVDs >.<).
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006

    Re: HOWTO: Add Text-Mode Installation to Desktop CD

    Lol cool. I would recommend you to test this your own way but with VirtualBox or another emulator. Since I tried it with a 2GB Flash Drive.
    1. Ubuntu 9.10
    3. Windows 7 (Games)


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