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    Default Seriuos help needed

    Hi community,

    Thanks to everyone who has got linux this far it is a beauty to see and again to be a part of. been waiting for this day that suse becomes stronger and it has time to convert from MS. Doing the whole office but just need to get my head around the upgrade first.

    All systems are the same. Windows XP installs with NTFS hard drive with 3 partitions.

    None have dvd/cd roms.

    Trying to create an install from a usb hard drive (WD 80GB), which has been formatted with FAT32.

    Have used the install from the hard drive once extracted, but when logged out of windows and restarted and chose the opensuse boot option the "dos looking install opens and i tell it where the source is but it says something is wrong with the source "corrupt or something".

    Have redownloaded it still no luck.

    Moved onto UnetBootin, i use my iso for it to install the information to the USB hard drive. After reboot, it says NTLDR is missing press anykey to reboot.

    Why? Is it because linux is booting the install but cant read of the c: drive because it is still in NTFS?

    please help it has been days!


    Just want to intall suse from a usb drive.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Seriuos help needed

    Ok, i have converted the c: to fat32 still same ntldr missing error???

    Searched google no help thinkinh i need to add a link in the ntl boot text???

    if so what is the link?code?address?

    thank you

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    Default Re: Seriuos help needed

    need to buy suse linux, just wanted to see if i can get it to work before hand with open suse. Does the other version support what im trying to do better?

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    Default Re: Seriuos help needed

    I've never done this, so I'm not familiar with the process, and I know it can be problematic from reading others accounts. Anyway, in absence of any other replies, I did a quick google and came up with these tutorials:

    How to Install SUSE to a USB Hard Drive | USB Pen Drive Linux

    How to install Linux to an External USB hard disk | USB Pen Drive Linux

    Successfully installed on external usb drive - openSUSE Forums

    linspire6.0: Installing SuSE on External USB Drive

    (The list is endless). I would suggest having a quick read of them to see if there's anything you missed along with any useful tips that might make this work for you. Thats how I would approach it.

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    Is using a USB thumb drive with the Live ISO not an option? You should just be able to install it straight with unetbootin, and if that doesn't work there are a few workarounds - but it certainly sounds easier unless there's a specific reason you need to do it this way.

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    This is the problem. All the info on google i can find is based on trying to:

    INSTALL LINUX TO A USB HARDDRIVE/DONGLE and to run it from there.

    I do not want to do this. I am trying to install suse directly to my laptops and PC, but none have dvd/cd players.

    So i need to get the install information onto the usb HD so i can install from usb like you would on cd....? i know i can go buy a ext dvdrom for 30 but it is waste, i will never use it again.

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    Default Re: Seriuos help needed

    Quote Originally Posted by suserocks1
    This is the problem. All the info on google i can find is based on
    trying to:

    INSTALL LINUX TO A USB HARDDRIVE/DONGLE and to run it from there.

    I do not want to do this. I am trying to install suse directly to my
    laptops and PC, but none have dvd/cd players.

    So i need to get the install information onto the usb HD so i can
    install from usb like you would on cd....? i know i can go buy a ext
    dvdrom for 30 but it is waste, i will never use it again.
    Hi
    This is what you need;
    SuSE install
    from USB drive
    also have a look here
    HOWTOs

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    Quote Originally Posted by suserocks1 View Post
    This is the problem. All the info on google i can find is based on trying to:

    INSTALL LINUX TO A USB HARDDRIVE/DONGLE and to run it from there.

    I do not want to do this. I am trying to install suse directly to my laptops and PC, but none have dvd/cd players.
    ...
    I'm not trying to be obtuse, although it might seem like it.

    The point is that if you put the Live ISO on a USB stick, you can then install it from that USB stick onto a hard drive. The only reason I can see that you wouldn't want to do it this way (if indeed it is possible on your hardware), is if you need to use the DVD iso instead of the Live one.

    It certainly is possible to do it the other way, I'm just trying to clarify that you do have this option.

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    Thank you sir.

    I was using the dvd iso. trying it with the livecd, just thought that for booting the os from the usb not installing. will try now.

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    WOW... i have been missing out, this is beautiful!

    Livecd is booting from usb, so its teasing the hell out of me. Want windows off my laptop now going to read through what mr lewis has left me to look through.

    cant beleive people are still using windows, going to move everyone i know over. only reason you wouldnt is if you where a hardcore gamer.

    Thank you

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