Installing Mandriva from hard disk
Yesterday I had to install Mandriva on my PC. My preferred medium is the DVD, in fact, downloading the free version (iso 4.3GB) you get a complete picture with a lot of software available, you get cleaner installation and you have the choice of either desktop environment, both programs to be installed (also classified by category).
The problem is that the DVD should have a DVD and a DVD player on your PC when you install the operating system, for the second there are no problems, but I was lacking the first or last, and I did not want to go out and buy one.
Searching Google I found that you can install Mandriva leaving just downloaded the iso of the DVD to hard disk. To start the PC is still a cd or usb memory that allows the installer to start. This can be found in any Mandriva mirror in the path “
official/2010.0/x86_64/install/images/“, adapted of course to the version and architecture used.
In this route there are several files, two are those that serve:
all.img can be copied to the USB memory with the command
dd if=all.img of=/dev/sdb
(sdb is the USB meoria) boot. ISO is an ISO image to burn to a CD.
When booting the PC with one of the pictures above, a menu that asks which installation method you want to use. You can choose to do the network installation, hard drive or if you choose the path you will be asked where is the
iso image, after these steps, the installation proceeds in the traditional way and very quickly.
For the record, this time I wanted to change the desktop and choose GNOME, you can still install KDE in the future, choosing the package manager “
task-kde4” or “
task-kde4-minimal” if you want to do a minimal installation.