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Old 09-13-2008, 06:26 AM
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Hi,

I have a laptop with a broken cd drive.

I can still install linux distros from my usb drive using either of 2 great programs which let me boot from an iso file:

1. gujin - http://gujin.sourceforge.net/
2. isoemu - http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php? ... =8955&st=0

however, neither of these let me boot the pcbsd iso. If the iso had a 'fromiso' cheatcode like some linux distros do, it would be great, but alas it isn't available.

Is there another way to boot from a usb, partition or iso file?

thanks.
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:48 AM
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Default Re: install from iso or usb drive
Originally Posted by lawmanuk
Hi,

I have a laptop with a broken cd drive.

I can still install linux distros from my usb drive using either of 2 great programs which let me boot from an iso file:

1. gujin - http://gujin.sourceforge.net/
2. isoemu - http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php? ... =8955&st=0

however, neither of these let me boot the pcbsd iso. If the iso had a 'fromiso' cheatcode like some linux distros do, it would be great, but alas it isn't available.

Is there another way to boot from a usb, partition or iso file?

thanks.
There is a USB image of the PCBSD beta that can be put on a flash drive using dd and you can install from that.
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Default Re: install from iso or usb drive
thanks, I just downloaded it.

i'm not sure how to get it going though.

is the correct command

dd if=pcbsd.img of=/dev/sdb5

where of is the partition on the usb disk?

1. can it be written to a partition on the usb hdd, or does it need to take over the whole of the usb hdd?

2. does it need a bootloader on the mbr of the usb hdd to make it work? or is that included when written to the whole drive?

thanks

ps. (noob here!- as if you didn't know)
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Default Re: install from iso or usb drive
Originally Posted by lawmanuk
thanks, I just downloaded it.

i'm not sure how to get it going though.

is the correct command

dd if=pcbsd.img of=/dev/sdb5

where of is the partition on the usb disk?

1. can it be written to a partition on the usb hdd, or does it need to take over the whole of the usb hdd?

2. does it need a bootloader on the mbr of the usb hdd to make it work? or is that included when written to the whole drive?

thanks

ps. (noob here!- as if you didn't know)
I am no expert, but I have managed to put it on a USB flash drive with the following line, ( courtesy of Kris ), in a terminal: "dd if=/pathToThePCBSD-7-image.img of=/dev/da0 bs=1m". I also deleted the partition on the flash drive before using it.

I have not tried putting it on an external USB HD, though. If you use the flash drive make sure you have one that is 4gb as 2gb is too small.

Just make sure you put the flash drive at the head of the boot list unless you have a key that will bring up a boot device list to select from.
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