[FOSDEM] Borrow CD drive?

David Baines david_baines at sil.org
Sat Feb 6 09:18:29 CET 2010


Hi Joost,

Thank you for this description and those links. I'll study them more. 
I've tried various methods to get a bootable USB drive. Most, of the 
websites that had instructions gave credit to pendrivelinux. I succeeded 
in getting one bootable USB drive with GParted, and another with 
SystemRescueCD.  I'm particularly happy to have that, as it includes 
TestDisk, which has recovered data off drives that would other wise have 
been lost.

Yes, you are quite right that I don't have a iso image of XP (Retail 
version). I have one made with PEBuilder, from an OEM version of XP 
Home. Then I used that iso with Unetbootin.  I recall that it didn't 
work, but it did begin to boot, and I think that the problem was to do 
with the XP side of things, not the Unetbooting side.

I won't be coming to Fosdem with Windows, but an install fest could be good.

Thanks again for your very helpful email.
David


Joost Ringoot wrote:
>
>
>  To be honest, I never tried unetbootin.
> Here however is described how to use an iso-image to install any OS 
> with unetbootin:
>  http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/#other
>
> I had a lot of success, also on LVM partioned servers with RAID 1, I 
> cloned one dell Pizabox with Centos to another pizza box,  with this 
> nifty thingy:
> http://clonezilla.org/
> It was darn flawless and easy.
> They describe a way to manually put the image on an USB stick, but 
> this may help even better:
> http://www.pendrivelinux.com/install-clonezilla-on-usb/
>
> But I guess you don't have an iso image of windows XP
>
> BTW: are you sure you want to use windows XP on Fosdem?
> Try Ubuntu, imho, the first Linux distro that is really easier in all 
> aspects (install, driver support, multimedia support, etc...) than 
> Windows.
>
> Reading that people consider to come with Windows to Fosdem, I believe 
> that there is need for a classic Linux install fest:
> http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Installfest-HOWTO/index.html
>
> ...
>
> 2010/2/5 David Baines <david_baines at sil.org <mailto:david_baines at sil.org>>
>
>     I saw that it runs on windows, but can it make a bootable windows
>     disk?
>     Could you point me to directions for doing that, I tried it
>     yesterday, and it didn't seem to work.
>     I think that the problem may have been to do with having an OEM
>     version of XP.
>
>     Very many thanks,
>     David.
>
>     Joost Ringoot wrote:
>>     look again, it works also with netbsd and freebsd and (Curse
>>     alert!!!)... Windows.
>>
>>     2010/2/5 Andrew Stormont <andyjstormont at googlemail.com
>>     <mailto:andyjstormont at googlemail.com>>
>>
>>         Unetbookin only works with Linux :\
>>
>>
>>         On 5 February 2010 14:38, Ewald Tienkamp <ewald at tienkamp.nl
>>         <mailto:ewald at tienkamp.nl>> wrote:
>>
>>             -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
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>>             The following was received from Andrew Stormont, on
>>             02/05/10 14:29:
>>             > My CD drive has died on me (been burning CD's all
>>             night) and I still need to
>>             > get an OS installed on my Netbook, for my stall.
>>
>>             If it's just about that install on your netbook, you
>>             could use
>>             UNetbootin to create a bootable usb-drive:
>>             http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
>>
>>             Regards,
>>             - --
>>             Ewald Tienkamp
>>             06-BEL-EWALD
>>             ewald at tienkamp.nl <mailto:ewald at tienkamp.nl>
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