[conspire] need assistance installing Fedora-10 on laptop from ISO on external hard drive

Darlene Wallach freepalestin at dslextreme.com
Wed Mar 25 17:19:42 PDT 2009

I finally found my notes on how to install. I should have copied the vmlinuz
and initrd.img (with unique names) to the /boot directory on my laptop. I
then would have edited grub.conf for those unique names and then been able
to install from my laptop. I did not look far enough into the loop mounted
DVD iso to find the vmlinuz and initrd.img. I got these instructions a few
years ago, Feb 9th 2005, from Conor Daly on  the llinuxchix email list.

Here are the instructions in case they are of use to others:
[begin instructions from Conor Daly]
1.  Loopmount diskboot.img
2.  Copy vmlinuz and initrd.img (with unique names) to your /boot directory
3.  Configure grub (you should be on grub with RH7.3) to boot from the
    copied kernel
4.  At boot time type 'linux askmethod' and you'll get to specify the

I used this method to install FC3 online.  Just downloaded the boot.iso
and chose 'ftp' as the install method...


1.  Copy boot.iso to your hard disk
2.  Configure grub to boot from the iso [0]
3.  At boot time type 'linux askmethod' and you'll get to specify the

This assumes that there is a suitable scsi driver available in the
initrd.img.  If not, you can go about it this way.

1.  copy the contents of the CDs to the hard disk (second and subsequent
    CDs' rpm files go in the RPMS directory copied from the first CD
2.  Use either of the above boot methods and specify 'hard disk' as the

NB.  Make sure you copy the CD contents to a filesystem that is _not_
     going to be formatted at install time otherwise there'll be nothing
     there for the installer to use!


[0] Booting direct from an iso is mentioned here:

Basically, it's:

grub> chainloader hd(0,0)/image.iso
grub> boot

Conor Daly <conor.daly at oceanfree.net>
[end instructions from Conor Daly]

Darlene Wallach

On Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 4:53 PM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:

> Quoting Darlene Wallach (freepalestin at dslextreme.com):
> > I mean when I boot my laptop or desktop, how do I get to the "boot:"
> prompt?
> What I really mean is:  the "boot:" prompt provided by _what_?
> I infer that you're talking about the "boot:" prompt furnishable by a
> bootloader, e.g., by some instance of GRUB, lilo, syslinux, etc.  You
> didn't specify _why_ you want to be able to get to that prompt, nor
> what the bootloader is -- but it's indeed a really good idea to know on
> any computer, regardless of operating system.
> I'm guessing that you referring to the prompt available, at the end of
> Power-On Self-Test, from an instance of GRUB that's installed on your
> laptop's internal hard drive.
> In that case, pressing Esc should un-suppress GRUB's screens if they've
> been concealed using the "hiddenmenu" directive in /boot/grub/grub.conf .
> See:
> http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/enterprise/RHEL-4-Manual/ref-guide/s1-grub-configfile.html
> > I have firewire cable from my desktop computer to a 400G external drive.
> I
> > have another firewire cable from the 400G external drive to another
> external
> > drive. The only way I could get my laptop to see the 400G external drive
> was
> > to plug a firewire cable from my laptop to the other external drive. My
> > laptop could then see and access the 400G drive but the laptop could not
> see
> > nor access the other external drive.
> Yes, I get that.  I was just saying that I've never had occasion to
> rely on such a chain, and so you're out of my personal area of
> experience, though to the best of my understanding it's _supposed_ to
> work.
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