Author Topic: Booting into a Linux ISO that's on my hard drive using Plop  (Read 2615 times)

kaz

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Hi,

I have a Vaio Tap 11 without a functioning RF keyboard, that only has one usb port. If I start a linux installation from that usb, I need to pull out the dok and connect a keyboard to choose "install XX" at the boot menu, at which point I get an error since the disk on key is not attached.

A usb hub / splitter does not seem to work, so I was wondering if it was somehow possible to put the linux ISO on the hard drive, and have Plop boot from that? That way I can use the keyboard and have the installation going.
The current os running is Win 10, the desired Linux (for dual boot) is Mint 17.3.

Any feedback/ideas would be welcome :)


Thanks,
Jo
« Last Edit: May 14, 2016, 08:42:01 AM by kaz »

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Re: Booting into a Linux ISO that's on my hard drive using Plop
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2016, 10:53:49 AM »
Hello,

no, thats not supported by the Plop Boot Manager.

A solution for your problem would be to setup the linux boot menu to auto boot the install mode.

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kaz

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Re: Booting into a Linux ISO that's on my hard drive using Plop
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2016, 11:20:21 AM »
Hi Elmar,

Thank you for the tip, do you have any idea how I can manually do this ISO alteration from within windows? I'm not very savvy with this :)

I actually tried using Unetbootin and YUMI already but to no avail.. 

Is there maybe a way to have a hard disk partition be "marked" as a USB, extract the ISO there and then have Plop do it's thing?

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Re: Booting into a Linux ISO that's on my hard drive using Plop
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2016, 12:10:09 PM »
Thank you for the tip, do you have any idea how I can manually do this ISO alteration from within windows? I'm not very savvy with this :)

There exists a program to modify ISO's, but I cant remember the name. It's also possible to use mkisofs to recreate the ISO.


Is there maybe a way to have a hard disk partition be "marked" as a USB, extract the ISO there and then have Plop do it's thing?

No, thats not possible. But you can use grub4dos to boot an ISO from the hard disk.


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Re: Booting into a Linux ISO that's on my hard drive using Plop
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2016, 13:55:39 PM »
Thank you for the info, I found that EasyBCD and Grub2Win should support booting an ISO from the harddrive. EasyBCD is smaller (1.3 Mb) so I'll give it a try, thanks for the help!