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13-05-2005, 05:55 PM
Ok, so I have an older machine. Not too much older, but it has no CD or DVD drives.

And I have a Debian DVD, and a laptop with a DVD drive.

I don't have a 'decent' enough Internet connection to do it that way.

Is there any way I can install Debian on my older PC by sharing the DVD Drive on my laptop?

13-05-2005, 06:42 PM
This can be achieved by creating an HTTP server on the machine with the DVD drive, and creating a structure like they have at ftp://linux.jetstreamgames.co.nz locally (although with not as much of the stuff). That way, a floppy boot into a debian installer could interface with said machine as if it were an official host.

Graham L
14-05-2005, 02:16 PM
You should be able to do a FTP installation. Surely an FTP server would be quicker and easier to install than an http server.

There might be a boot floppy image to get the installation started.
Have a look at the text files on the Debian installation disk. They will tell you what means you can use. (They are standard text or html files, and readable on a Windows machine). There's probably a way to put the installation files on the destination machine's hard drive (if it's big enough) and install from that.