[Novalug] boot trick??
nick at hackermonkey.com
Fri Dec 11 17:34:09 EST 2009
> Isn't there some way I can simply copy the DVD onto one
> of the hard drives, if I get it in the right place, and then boot
> from there?
The end result is you are trying to boot the F12 DVD so you can install
it? I take it the bios in the hardware wont see the USB DVD to boot from it?
You can create a boot floopy or a bood CD that will then force the
machine to boot off the USB drive. Check
Or, open the server, and hang a DVD rom off the cable. If I remember
correctly those old servers used regular IDE CDroms, so you can just
hang a DVDrom off that cable for the purpose of installing the OS. Then
put the cdrom back when you are done. I do this alot with many of the 1U
cheapo systems I buy. They come without any cd/dvd drive, so I take the
cover off and just hang one out the top. Once the OS is done I take it
out and put it back together. A little hardware hacking, but it works
and is quick/easy.
I THINK those hard drives are SCSI, otherwise you could move one of the
drives, install the F12 elsewhere then move that back too. But I believe
those are hot swap scsi and you probably dont have another system with
that. I don't know Dell model numbers well.
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