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I have an old SGI Indy currently running IRIX. I'd like to change over to linux (probably have to be the mips port of redhat 7.1), the machine has scsi harddrive but no cdrom or floppy drive. I can do the installation over my network connection to the internet, but don't know if it's possible to start the installation with no removable media. Does anybody know if it's possible / how to do it? Cheers, Carl...

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    Default Install linux with no cdrom / fdd ?

    I have an old SGI Indy currently running IRIX.
    I'd like to change over to linux (probably have to be the mips port of
    redhat 7.1), the machine has scsi harddrive but no cdrom or floppy drive.
    I can do the installation over my network connection to the internet, but
    don't know if it's possible to start the installation with no removable
    media.
    Does anybody know if it's possible / how to do it?

    Cheers,
    Carl

    Carl Guest

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    Default Re: Install linux with no cdrom / fdd ?

    On Tue, 06 Jan 2004 09:54:13 +0000, Carl Franks wrote:
     

    borrow a cdrom from another computer or are you not the administrator ?


    PecanEater Guest

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    Default Re: Install linux with no cdrom / fdd ?

    PecanEater <email.me.ever> wrote in message news:<email.me.ever>... 
    >
    > borrow a cdrom from another computer or are you not the administrator ?[/ref]

    After scrounging on Google, I would concur that cd-rom install would
    be "easiest". Seems many folks run into problems of one sort or
    another doing the NFS install. Note that I'm uniquely ignorant of
    SGIs and running Linux on them. The most interesting finds follow
    (sure you've seen them).

    The most recent mailing list archives:
    http://www.linux-mips.org/archives/linux-mips/2004-01/threads.html

    Google Search: SGI Indy IRIX linux install
    http://www.linuxmips.net/links.html

    Google Search: SGI Indy IRIX linux install Redhat
    http://howto.linux-mips.org/#distributions
    http://www.europe.redhat.com/doentation/HOWTO/MIPS-HOWTO.php3#toc6
    http://www.faqs.org/docs/Linux-HOWTO/MIPS-HOWTO.html#ss9.2
    http://oss.sgi.com/projects/sgi_propack/
    http://www.debian.org/ports/mips/
    http://honk.physik.uni-konstanz.de/linux-mips/indy-boot/indy-hd-boot-micro-howto.pdf

    I didn't see anything like a kickstart install, which is, I suspect,
    what you were hoping for. Think the NFS install is as close as you'll
    get. Have you downloaded the RH7.1 and looked for docs? I did note
    that a RH7.3 version is floating around.

    Good luck,
    prg
    email above disabled
    P Guest

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    Default Re: Install linux with no cdrom / fdd ?

    Unfortunately I've never had scsi gear before, so I now have the tech's next
    door keeping an eye out for a cdrom for me.
    Thanks for your help,

    Carl

    Carl Guest

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    Default Re: Install linux with no cdrom / fdd ?


    "Carl Franks" <ac.uk> wrote in message
    news:bte0k6$ahi$dundee.ac.uk... 

    Umm. Umm. Is there any compelling reason not to simply dump the box? RedHat
    7.1 is pretty out-of-date, and you can get a far faster PC to work with for
    very little money these days. And I don't know if you really gain anything
    for your use from dealing with such old hardware.


    Nico Guest

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