Installing ROS from hard drive or floppies

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Installing ROS from hard drive or floppies

Post by ProtonixDEV » Sun Jul 10, 2005 4:11 pm

Hi,

I have a laptop that does not have a CD-ROM drive. Is it possible to install from a hard drive partition or with floppies?

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Post by Gasmann » Sun Jul 10, 2005 7:34 pm

Back in the old days, there were binaries available to install ReactOS, you just had to unpack them in C:\ReactOS (or somewhere else) and setup freeldr to boot them.

But now I think the only way to do this is getting the source, compiling it and entering "make install". However it may be hard to install freeldr (the bootsector of it) manually without a bootcd, but if you only want to update an already installed Ros it should be no problem.

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Post by Baldomero » Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:17 am

I think installing this OS in a near (or not so near) future via floppy can't be something viable, but instead, it could be done with a network installer.

I know also that ROS is not mature enough to acomplish this, but I hope that will be implemented. Am I right? Is this planned?

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Post by Dr. Fred » Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:38 am

I think a installer for Windows that creates a boot floppy or a entry in ntldr would be cool.
Where do you want ReactOS to go today ?

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Installing Reactos by building the sources

Post by steveh » Mon Jul 11, 2005 11:30 pm

I have just answered in another thread how i installed reactos from sources due to unsolved problems (multiple primary partitions) with the bootcd.

http://reactos.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=830

Maybe that can help you. Caution: the manual boot setup is rather complicate.

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boot from floppy

Post by cyborg01001 » Thu Jul 14, 2005 1:41 am

It might not have been viable to boot on a floppy before but im positive that if you studied it hard enough someone could make a "make shift "floppy booter to start the kernel loader process. When im done with other stuff i might give it a shot.

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