[kwlug-disc] FreeDOS

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Fri May 29 10:23:06 EDT 2009


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Hi Oksana,

I was fighting with a similar problem last night on different hardware.

I came across this on installing ubuntu from different media - including
hard drive:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Alternative-Installation-Methods-for-Hardy-86977.shtml

Short version:  Install ubuntu(server?) on the hard drive leaving an
extra partition big enough to copy your iso into then adjust grub to
point at the disk-based iso installer.  Put the drive back in your
tablet and boot to the Winstaller.

Advantage:  grub is going to work without fiddling with sys.

Similar to what you suggested, but without the FreeDOS step.

Good luck!
Lori

Oksana Goertzen wrote:
> Hi Raul,
> 
> The issue is, there is no floppy in this machine.. no cdrom, can't boot
> from USB... which makes
> this a slightly more tricky install.  :)
> 
> - Oksana
> 
> 
> 
> On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 11:27 PM, Raul Suarez <rarsa at yahoo.com
> <mailto:rarsa at yahoo.com>> wrote:
> 
> 
>     This seems to be a good step by step
> 
>     http://www.defectivekit.net/2007/02/guide-install-windows-without-cd-rom-or.html
> 
>     Raul Suarez
> 
>     Technology consultant
>     Software, Hardware and Practices
>     _________________
>     http://rarsa.blogspot.com/
>     An eclectic collection of random thoughts
> 
> 
>     --- On Thu, 5/28/09, Oksana Goertzen <ogoertzen at gmail.com
>     <mailto:ogoertzen at gmail.com>> wrote:
> 
>     > From: Oksana Goertzen <ogoertzen at gmail.com
>     <mailto:ogoertzen at gmail.com>>
>     > Subject: [kwlug-disc] FreeDOS
>     > To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org
>     <mailto:kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>>
>     > Received: Thursday, May 28, 2009, 10:16 PM
>     > Hello Everyone,
>     >
>     > I have in my possession an old PIII Toshiba Tablet.  It
>     > has no cd rom in it
>     > and it doesn't boot from USB.  I need to reinstall
>     > Windows on it.  I'm
>     > thinking of taking the hard drive out, partitioning it with
>     > Linux, making one
>     >
>     > partition bootable, loading FreeDOS on that partition and
>     > putting the
>     > install files for the XP Tablet edition on there and
>     > setting it up again.
>     > Has anyone attempted anything like this?  Does this sound
>     > like it might
>     >
>     > work?  It also supports PXE boot (something I've never
>     > worked with,
>     > but will be soon - however I want to set it up before
>     > then).  :)
>     >
>     > Thanks, Oksana
>     >
>     >
>     >
>     >
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