[Comm-en] Introduction

Alex Negulescu a at wdu.ro
Tue May 19 16:31:28 MSD 2009


Try downloading the bootable image located at


"Burn" it to flash with: dd 
if=altlinux-4.1.0-desktop-i586-install-flash.img of=/dev/sdX

Usually the flashdisk won't give you errors... or it will, if the files 
have problems.

Or make your own bootable usb stick with ALT Linux [any-version]
Some small tips:
- you need to use syslinux/loadlin/grub4dos to make the usb bootable
- you need to have the following copied from the dvd:

        * directory ALTLinux
        * directory Metadata
        * directory syslinux
        * the install image altinst (should be put in the root of the
          usb disk)
        * eventually the live image and the rescue image

For info regarding *syslinux*:
It is in russian, but the lines covering what u need are commands.

Info regarding *grub2dos*:
Practically after using bootlace.com you have to copy grldr and create 
menu.lst in the root of the partition (does not matter where you 
install, MBR or partition, I use MBR)

Example menu.lst for grub:

    color black/red yellow/red
    timeout 60
    default 0

    title Boot from Hard Drive
    rootnoverify (hd0,0)
    chainloader (hd0,0)+1

    title --------------------

    title ALTLinux Desktop 4.1 Installation
    find --set-root /syslinux/alt/vmlinuz
    kernel /syslinux/alt/vmlinuz automatic=method:disk,uuid:743C-59D0
    ramdisk_size=65536 stagename=altinst splash=silent showopts
    initrd /syslinux/alt/full.cz

    title ALTLinux Desktop 4.1 Rescue Mode
    find --set-root /syslinux/alt/vmlinuz
    kernel /syslinux/alt/vmlinuz lowmem
    automatic=method:disk,uuid:743C-59D0 fastboot stagename=rescue showopts
    initrd /syslinux/alt/full.cz

    title ALTLinux Desktop 4.1 LIVE
    find --set-root /syslinux/alt/vmlinuz
    kernel /syslinux/alt/vmlinuz lowmem
    automatic=method:disk,uuid:743C-59D0 fastboot stagename=live
    splash=silent showopts
    initrd /syslinux/alt/full.cz

Be sure to write your UUID correctly. Replace 743C-59D0 with your uuid. 
You can find it out by:

tune2fs -l /dev/sda1 (replace sda1 with your stick partition)
ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid/

Hoping I helped,


Niki Kovacs wrote:
> Michael Shigorin a écrit :
>> Media read failures, hence either DVDRW disk is going to trash
>> or another DVDR should be used with this drive (or burn those
>> with some additional speed limit).
> Well, I reburnt the CD just in case and double-checked ("Verify" in 
> K3B exited with a solemn trumpet sound :oD). And yes, MD5SUM was also OK.
> I gave the install another spin... and had the exact same errors.
> What's curious: CentOS 5, Ubuntu 9.04 and Windows XP install just fine 
> on the same machine, so there's no sign of a dying DVD reader either.
> Which leaves me clueless.
> Niki
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