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Internet connection at boot time w/o OS

by 70441.2227 / May 13, 2006 2:46 AM PDT

Hi,
I have been pondering something for a very long time. I wonder...... If your computer gets hacked, hi-jacked, virus infected, becomes inoperable, etc. Is there a way to boot from a cd-rom and gain access to your internet connection? I have a dial-up connection. Suppose you need on-line help and only have one PC. Can you get access to the Internet without running the OS? I know it sounds far-fetched. But, I had to ask. I ask to learn and learn to advance.

Thanks,
Bob

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Actually, yes...
by John.Wilkinson / May 13, 2006 5:41 AM PDT

Well, you'd still need to use an OS, but not the one installed on your hard drive. All you need is a free Live CD version of a Linux distro, such as Knoppix or Ubuntu. With a Live CD you run the Linux operating system directly off the CD, no installation necessary, leaving your hard drive out of the loop. You can then go online (provided the OS supports your modem) and browse your hard drive to recover (copy files to another hard drive) your data. Once the problem's resolved, simply remove the Live CD and return to your original setup.

Hope this helps,
John

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Boot from CD and connect to Internet
by 70441.2227 / May 13, 2006 9:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Actually, yes...

Hi,
Yes John, that helps a lot. I appreciate the informtion.

Thanks again!

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boot cd to use internet connection
by 70441.2227 / May 13, 2006 2:12 PM PDT
In reply to: Actually, yes...

Hi,
Just a couple of quick questions:

Does the Live CD have a browser?

Can you add utility's you may want to use to the Live CD?

Can it be used with a broadband connection(in case I ever get one)?

Yes/No would be sufficiant, but you can elaborate if you would like.

Thanks again!

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Live CDs...
by John.Wilkinson / May 13, 2006 3:27 PM PDT

Live CD is a general term referring to a CD that contains an operating system that can be booted directly from the CD. What features the Live CD has depends on the operating system. They will almost always come with a browser built in, usually the latest version of Firefox.

You can add software (utilities) you'd like, preferably to a hard drive or flash drive, or the very least a CD-RW (rewritable media), but there are something to note: You can't run Windows software using a Live CD since it's a Linux operating system. You must instead find software designed to work with that Linux distro. The basics are usually included, though, such as a browser, productivity software (Open Office, free alternative to Microsoft Office, is usually provided), etc.

Finally, the Linux OS on a Live CD may be able to utilize a broadband connection...it depends on the drivers. The OS may support the broadband modem, router, etc 'out of the box,' but if not you'd have to hunt down the appropriate drivers, just like you do occasionally with Windows.

Hope this helps,
John

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Boot CD w/Internet connection
by 70441.2227 / May 14, 2006 3:36 AM PDT
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Thanks John. That's really informative. I appreciate it.
Bob

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