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How to run Sparkylinux on “old” computers without a DVD drive

 

SparkyLinux is available as a DVD iso file, so it can’t be run on very old machines which don’t have:
– optical DVD drive
– BIOS option for booting systems from USB drive

But there is a simple solution, if your computer has:
– optical CD or floppy drive
– USB port

The instruction can be used for most Linux distributions.

1. Copy SparkyLinux iso image using “Unetbootin” or “dd” command on USB flash drive:
– 2GB USB pendrive for “Eris” edition
– 4GB USB pendrive for “GameOver” edition

2a. Download and burn Plop Linux “Standard version” iso image on blank CD.
   or
2b. Download (from the project page) and extract “plpbt-version.zip” archive.
Burn the “plpbt.iso” image which you can find inside the new created folder “plpbt”.
   or
2c. Download and extract “plpbt-version.zip” archive.
On Linux hosts copy “plpbt.img” image on floppy disk using “dd” command:
dd if=plpbt.img of=/dev/fd0

On MS Windows hosts copy “plpbt.img” image on floppy disk using WinImage or RawWriteWin.

3. Reboot your machine, put USB SparkyLinux disk in the USB port, put CD/floppy disk in (with Plop).
Go to BIOS, choose CD/Floppy disk as the first booting option.

4. The Plop will start as first, choose “Plop Boot Manager”.

Plop

5. Choose a drive with SparkyLinux (USB).

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6. It will start SparkyLinux.

SparkyLinux 2.x boot menu

 

Now you can test Live system and install SparkyLinux on a hard drive.

 
See also:
Plop project site

 
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How to make SparkyLinux bootable USB key or any Linux, Mac OSX and MS Windows host?

 

To do that you can use multiplatforms application UNetbootin.
It’s available for most Linux distributions, Mac OSX and MS Windows as well.
SparkyLinux Full-DVD has UNetbootin pre-installed inside the system.
It can be used if you run SparkyLinux from hard drive or as a live system from CD/DVD disk too.

Putting SparkyLinux iso image to USB key is easy as 1-2-3:

1. Run UNetbootin, mark “Diskimage” and load “sparkylinux.iso” image, then click “OK”.

UNetbootin

2. Wait until the iso image coping will be finished.

UNetbootin

3. After that reboot your machine.

UNetbootin

Have a nice fun with SparkyLinux !

 
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How to make SparkyLinux bootable USB key on SparkyLinux host?

 

If you run SparkyLinux from hard or CD/DVD drive you can make bootable SparkyLinux USB key with Remastersys USB Sturtup Disk Tool.You find it going to Menu-> Applications-> Administration.

This operation will delete all data from your USB key.

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1. Select allready connected USB key.

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2. Select the source to be copied from (sparkylinux.iso image).

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3. Then start coping files.

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4. When it finished just quit the application and reboot your machine.

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Have a nice fun with SparkyLinux !

 
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