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Author Topic: Direct ISO on a Windows Host is driving me nuts where r the FTP files please?  (Read 1123 times)

VLnewbie

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Hi,
For various reasonsi am planning on using the "Direct ISO on a Windows Host" method, which, in the documentation states the following:-

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. Download the following files from Vector Linux FTP site (e.g: ftp://anymirror/pub/vectorlinux/veclinux-5.0)
•   The ISO file from one of iso directory (iso/, iso-soho/, or iso-dynamite/). Put it on top level directory (C:\ or D:\). Don't forget to check its integrity as explained before.

•   The next files should be placed into C:\loadlin
o   loadlin.exe
Get it from “install/loadlin/” directory whithin the FTP site.
o   initrd.img
Find it as “isolinux/initrd.img” whithin the FTP site
o   The kernel file that matches your system (ide, scsi, sata, adaptec)
You may select one of them from “isolinux/kernel/” directory whithin FTP site.

Then proceed with the installation:"


Does anyone know where i can actually FTP these files from please, because every FTP site i have looked at so far does not have the files in a directory available for downloading?

i really want to install VL but thi is preventing me.

many thanks,

a VL newbie.
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nightflier

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In a fast moving digital world, the documentation has a tendency to lag behind and get old quickly. Here is a live site:
ftp://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/vectorlinux/veclinux-6.0/iso-release/

The easiest way to install would be to burn and boot from a CD, but there are many ways of doing it. What are the specs of your machine? Does it have a CDROM and/or a floppy drive?
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VLnewbie

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Hi NightFlier,
   Many thanks for your prompt response, i thought i was going nuts looking for these files and now thanks to your reply i know they were never there in the first place.

The BIOS is PW protected and i or the previous owner does not have the PW, hence i cant get it to boot from a CDROM drive, only from the Floppy or HDD.

Anyway, there is logic to my install decision. I have a little old laptop with 128mb RAM, it has NO internal CD-ROM drive and no internal floppy drive, this is its original mnfctr spec.

I have an external DVD/CD drive attached and an external floppy attached, however the VL boot disks cannot find an image when booting from floppy.

i tried the Linux host install and those disks didnt find the path to the *.ISO, so i installed windows and want to try the Host install method from within XP.

many thanks,

regards,

VLNewbie
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uelsk8s

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you can find the files here: http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/veclinux-6.0/install/
they are also inside your ISO file.
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newt

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The link below is how I've been able to install directly using an ISO image from a windows partition. It uses grub4dos, and I find it very easy and flexible. It's just an alternative in case one is needed:
http://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?topic=10629.msg67595#msg67595
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