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Boot from DVD without a DVD drive

Okay, this is a rather complicated question, so I'll do my best to make it plain and simple.

Here's the situation: I have a Dell Desktop with Pentium 4 1.7GHz, 1 Gb of RAM, 40Gb HDD, and a CD writer drive. I recently set out on a hacking project to get a certain operating system (not linux) working on this machine. Unfortunately, this particular operating system is ONLY available in DVD format. The particular patched ISO I have is 1.36 Gb. I am looking for a way to boot this system natively into the installer (various vmware hackery has been unsuccessful) and install onto the hard drive. Unfortunately, I don't have a DVD drive...

The other equipment I have available: MacBook, 2Gb SanDisk Cruzer Flash Drive, ethernet cables...

Please note that I am aware that I could just buy an external or internal DVD drive, but as I don't really have any money to spend, this is not really an option.

Also, I am familiar with Linux to some degree, so having to use a LiveCD is not a dealbreaker

My ideas: Is it possible to somehow boot from an ISO file, either on a flash drive, or on a separate partition? Or, is it possible to "burn" the ISO image to a hard disk partition, boot from that partition, install the OS, then boot into the partition where that OS is installed? Or, can I use the Flash Drive to boot the installer as if it were a DVD?

Any ideas would be appreciated, as I have been unable to find any guides for my particular situation...

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That might depend on the particular OS involved.

And from the booting options your BIOS has. So please tell more about both subjects.


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The "particular system" that I am talking about is Mac OS X Uphuck v1.4i r3... Just for a proof of concept really, wanted to see what it was like, and learn about stuff in the process...

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No so OK really.

This is what the forum policies happen to say:
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So you'll understand why I lock this thread now.


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