Boot from the suitable bootable device (floppy, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, USB memory stick). This might be one of the network installer single CD-ROMs from Progeny or Debian, or disk 1 of the Debian CD-ROM set (e.g., it might be called the Debian GNU/Linux Binary1 (nonUS) CD-ROM) or even the Rescue floppy disk. For different hardware boot from the appropriate media—for example for a SPARCStation boot from the Sparc CD-ROM.
4.15.1 Booting from Floppy with USB
First, download (or otherwise obtain) the floppy disk boot image and write it to a floppy disk:
$ wget http://http.us.debian.org/debian/dists/testing/main/\ installer-i386/current/images/floppy/boot.img$ dd if=boot.img of=/dev/fd0 bs=1024 conv=sync ; sync
Now obtain the USB image and the CD ISO image to be placed on the USB stick (see http://d-i.pascal.at/ for further information):
$ wget http://http.us.debian.org/debian/dists/testing/main/\ installer-i386/current/images/hd-media/boot.img.gz$ zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/sda1 $ wget http://gluck.debian.org/cdimage/testing/sarge_d-i/i386/beta3/\ sarge-i386-netinst.iso$ mount /dev/sda1 /flash $ cp sarge-i386-netinst.iso /flash $ umount /flash
Place the Floppy into the Floppy drive and turn the computer on. Ensure your computer has booting from Floppy enabled (this is a function of the BIOS so you made need to go into the BIOS setup program at boot time). You will be asked to press Enter to boot Debian–do so. This will stop with a request for a root floppy or a USB stick. Plug the USB stick into the new machine and press Enter to continue.
4.15.2 SPARCStation Boot
Cepheus is a SPARCStation. At boot time SPARCstation’s are
under the control of the Sun OpenBoot. Obtain the OpenBoot prompt with
the keyboard L1 (which might be labelled Stop)and A simultaneously.
The prompt is a simple ``
ok’’. Note that the prompt can even
be obtained from within SILO (the Linux Loader for Sparc) or using the
halt command in SILO. Then boot the machine from CD-ROM
ok boot cdrom
At the boot prompt choose
s (SCSI) and the system then boots
from the CD-ROM. To boot single user simply use
4.15.3 BIOS Not Supporting CD-ROM
On some older machines, like Prefect, the BIOS cannot boot
direct from CD-ROM so the machine needs to be booted from floppy disk using
MS/Windows Millenium Startup floppy. This recognises the CD-ROM drive
D:. So simply run the
BOOT command on the
DOS> D: > CD INSTALL > BOOT
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