I want to install Linux Mint 17.2 on my computer.

Unfortunately, my computer doesn't have a CD-ROM (so I can't boot from Live CD).
It does not have a capability of booting from USB drive (so I can't boot from PenDriveLinux USB stick).
It can be booted only from hard disk or from 1.44 floppy.
Its hard disk has a bootable DOS FAT32 partition and an unpartitioned space reserved for Linux.

I am able to copy any files (downloaded from internet or prepared on another computer) to my DOS partition.
For example, I can install Windows on my computer by copying Windows installation files and starting installation from DOS.

But how to install Linux?
Where I can find Linux Mint installation files for DOS?
Can I make these installation files myself from Linux Mint *.iso file?

I've found this article, which contains a solution for my problem, but it requires UNetbootin to be installed. Unfortunately, UNetbootin can't be installed on pure DOS.
Of course, I can install Windows, then install UNetbootin and that'll do the trick. But I'm refusing to believe that this path is the shortest one.

What is the more straightforward way from DOS to Linux?
Is it possible to make a bootable Linux 1.44Mb floppy (probably not Linux Mint) and use it to boot from A:\ and then install Linux Mint using installation files located on FAT32 C:\ ? (Sorry for Windows terminology)


I think you need PXE installation (boot using network) for it. For that you need to setup PXE server on some other system/laptop. Refer my answer for more information about PXE Configuration.

  • Booting using network is an interesting idea. I don't have Red Hat machine at my disposal, but I'll try to find information how to setup PXE server on Linux Mint machine. Thanks for the idea. – Egor Skriptunoff Jul 23 '15 at 5:21
  • @EgorSkriptunoff : If you find my answer helpful and resolved your issue, Please mark the answer accepted. So that, it will come at top of other answers and will helpful to others who refer this question. – Tejas Aug 3 '15 at 11:07
  • As for now, your solution is too complex for me. But anyway, thanks. – Egor Skriptunoff Aug 4 '15 at 12:01

The syslinux bootloader will boot Linux from a FAT filesystem and can be installed on a floppy. The difficulty is extracting all the relevant files from the distro install media, putting them in the right places and writing an appropriate syslinux.cfg. A PXE install guide may be a good place to start as pxelinux is quite similar to syslinux.

  • Does PenDriveLinux USB stick already has all relevant files extracted in the right places? Can I use PenDriveLinux USB stick folder tree to ease my work? For example, it has /isolinux/isolinux.cfg file on it. – Egor Skriptunoff Jul 23 '15 at 7:50

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