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install linux from within windows

by bmaher / July 14, 2005 6:47 PM PDT


ive got a windows xp machine, but i wanted to dual boot with suse 9.1. I have the suse CD, but the CDRW drive isnt bootable - even though i have the option in the bios to boot from it.

Is there any way to install linux from windows? or am i just going to have to give it up Happy



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I always...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 14, 2005 10:22 PM PDT

Fix the nonbooting CD issue. It's the easy way out. Either BIOS update, or a new CDROM drive and it's usually cured.

If you can't (or won't) fix it, you have to look into diskette boot options for Linux installs. I will not duplicate web pages about RAWRITE and how to make these boot diskettes since it's documented all over.


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new cdrom
by bmaher / July 15, 2005 1:34 AM PDT
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thanks for ur help.

the cd drive is a brand new phillips cd-rw - but its an older machine so im a bit worried about bios updates (i believe the bios is VERY old) - i also dont know how you would update the older bios.

thanks again for your help..


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How I update an old bios.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 15, 2005 4:29 AM PDT
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I research the make/model of the machine if there is such. Or the make/model of the motherboard if it's some homebrew. Then I see what new BIOS is offered by it's maker.

I then follow their update instructions. In some 15+ years I've never lost a board, but then again I tend to use read the instructions.


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bios update
by bmaher / July 20, 2005 1:41 AM PDT


thanks, i updated the bios (its a dell optiplex GX1 with the original board) and it took about 5 secs to do Happy

the cdrw is now bootable - although its still a problem that ive never come accross before Happy

thanks again


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Thank you!
by Erythis1s / July 29, 2005 1:22 AM PDT

I have been looking for this solution! I ended up frustrated yesterday cause I couldn't find what exactly I needed to do to get Linux to install. All my search results were for errors in the process (rather than the initial boot) and getting Linux to boot from Win XP after it was installed.

Sorry about bumping a slightly older thread, but I can't express enough how happy I am to find out it's this simple.

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