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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fedora 13 - Can You Install Using the CD-ROM or DVD?

4.5. Can You Install Using the CD-ROM or DVD?

There are several methods that can be used to install Fedora.
Installing from a CD-ROM or DVD requires that you have a Fedora 13 CD-ROM or DVD, and you have a DVD/CD-ROM drive on a system that supports booting from it.
Your BIOS may need to be changed to allow booting from your DVD/CD-ROM drive. For more information about changing your BIOS, refer to Section 7.4.1, “Booting the Installation Program on x86, AMD64, and Intel® 64 Systems”.

4.5.1. Alternative Boot Methods

If you can boot using the DVD/CD-ROM drive, you can create your own CD-ROM to boot the installation program. This may be useful, for example, if you are performing an installation over a network or from a hard drive. Refer to Section 4.5.2, “Making an Installation Boot CD-ROM” for further instructions.
USB pen drive
If you cannot boot from the DVD/CD-ROM drive, but you can boot using a USB device, such as a USB pen drive, the following alternative boot method is available:
Your BIOS must support booting from a USB device in order for this boot method to work.
Install the livecd-tools package on your system with your graphical package manager, or the following command:
su -c 'yum -y install livecd-tools'     
Download the boot.iso image file as described in Section 2.1.3, “Which Files Do I Download?” and use the livecd-iso-to-disk script to copy it to your USB device:
livecd-iso-to-disk /path/to/image/file/boot.iso device     
Where /path/to/image/file is the location of boot.iso and device is the USB media device. For example:
livecd-iso-to-disk '/home/username/Downloads/boot.iso' /dev/sdc1     
If you use Red Hat Enterprise Linux or a Linux distribution derived from it, you can obtain the livecd-tools package from the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository. Refer to for details.
To create bootable USB media from the boot.iso file on a computer that uses Microsoft Windows or a Linux distribution other than Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or those derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux, you will need to find a tool that works for your chosen operating system.
UNetbootin is a free and open-source graphical tool that can create live USB media from live image files on computers that use a wide range of different Linux distributions or Microsoft Windows. Refer to the documentation accompanying UNetbootin for a complete description of the tool and instructions on how to use it.

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