desktop and mobile computing
Basic Information (ISG)
Desktop and Mobile Computing from ISG
All requests for desktop or laptop computers have to be authorized by the the head of the group and/or
the assistant. For the actual order just send a ticket to firstname.lastname@example.org
describing the hardware
as exact as possible (if you already know where to get it - provide the article number(s) or link(s) together with
and Fond number
the money will come from).
Select your operation system
Before you can use your Workstation, you have to chose which operating system you want to use. Basically there are three possible ways you can go:
- Nobody will prevent you from installing whatever weird operation system you like to use, so go ahead. Off course there also is nobody who will support your self installed system either.
- You may use the PXE/network installer to install one of the available ubuntu versions.
- use the ISG supported operation systems. Please check there for more Information about support etc..The following systems are available:
- Windows 7
- windows 8
- windows 10
- Redhat Enterprise Linux
- Fedora Linux
- Xubuntu (experimental, no dualboot)
The Options can be combined to have an supported windows installation together with an unsupported linux installation. To do so,
the windows installation has to be done first
and the linux installtion must not
use the first
partition of the disk (see below).
Install your operation system
- To install the ISG supported systems you have to use the PXE installation menu. To do so you need to make sure that your system boots from the network by setting the default boot device accordingly in BIOS setup.
- Select the Operating System to install
- select installation menu in the first (blue) PXE menu
- select install windows/Redhat in the next (blue) PXE menu
- select Reinstall this workstation ... in the second (black/orange) ISG PXE menu
- select the system you like to install
- For a Dualboot System
- Follow the steps above to install Windows (always install Windows first)
- After the windows installation you can follow the above steps again and install one of the ISG supported linux systems as secondary operation system
- Please be careful using the other installtion options in the install menu - they might overwrite the whole disk with a new installation which most likely is not what you want.
the current status of the ISG windows installation can be viewed here: http://wis.inf.ethz.ch/wis
Remove/Delete the dualboot linux partitions under Windows
An IVC workstation usually comes as dualboot windows 7 / redhat 6 installation with 256GB assigned to the
Windows partition. All other Partitions are used by the Redhat Installation. If you do not need the Linux Installation
you may free the used diskspace by executing the following steps:
- Backup all relevant data from your machine to an external disk or your iiStore home directory
the next step will definitely delete all data on your linux partitions and may also delete your windows installation in case of an error. you have been warned
- Start Windows 7 and make sure you have Administrator Rights.
- Download and install EasyBCD
see EasyBCD info at wikipedia for more info and as an IVC member you may download it here
- Backup the current setting under EasyBCD:[BCD Backup and Repair]
- Install the Windows 7 Bootloader in the Disks Master Boot Record using EasyBCD:[BCD Deployment]
- select "install Windows Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR
- click "Write MBR"
- reboot windows and make sure that the orange ISG boot menu that let you select between Linux and Windows is replace by the standard windows boot menu.
- start Disk Management
- delete all partitions except the first one (windows)
- use the now free disk space to partition your disk as you like.