How to Download and Boot Byzantium

The Doctor edited this page Jul 10, 2013 · 5 revisions

Downloading Byzantium

Byzantium Linux can be downloaded from:

Creating Bootable Media

When you download a copy of Byzantium what you should get is an ISO file with a ".iso" extension. This file is a bit-for-bit copy of the data that was on the CD (also called a "disk image").

Bootable CD

If you want to make a bootable CD, you will need to burn the ISO file to a CD. The exact process depends a bit on which OS you are using. For Windows, you can use free tools like Imgburn or InfraRecorder. These tools will let you burn the ISO back to a blank CD as an "image".

Bootable USB Drive

If you want to make a bootable USB, you have several options. If you download the hybrid .iso image you can write it to a USB key with dd or a utility like Rawrite. If you download the regular .iso image you will need to extract the contents from the ISO file and copy them to the USB drive. You can use the free 7-Zip utility to extract an ISO file. Once you have copied the files to the USB drive, open the "boot" folder on the USB drive (the one you just copied to it) and run the Porteus-installer-for-Windows.exe or (for Linux) application.

This application will allow you to make the USB drive bootable. Click the "Install Porteus" button and follow the instructions (just hitting enter to continue) and then exit the program and safely remove the USB drive.

Booting Byzantium

Booting from CD


Booting Project Byzantium from a CD will vary on a system to system basis. Some computer systems will be set up to automatically boot from the CD/DVD drive before the hard drive. In this case, simply insert the CD, turn on the computer, and Project Byzantium may start up automatically, or you will be prompted to "Press any key to boot from disc ..." or a similar message. Press a key in that case.

Some computers will require you to specify you would like to boot them from the CD/DVD Drive. PC systems vary widely in the methods used to boot from a disc. Often you will see a message displayed during your computer startup such as "Press F12 for boot menu" or similar. At that time, you will want to press the key mentioned, then select your CD/DVD Drive (which often has the word ATAPI in the menu list) from the boot menu.

Alternatively, you could enter your computers BIOS and change the boot order to automatically start from the CD/DVD drive before your hard drive.


On Apple Mac systems, holding down the letter "C" while starting up the computer will cause the system to boot from the CD/DVD Drive.

Booting from USB


Directions for booting from USB are very similar to booting from CD, except you may need to select your USB device from the boot startup menu. Please refer to the Booting from CD section on typical methods to enter the boot menu on PCs.


Power the Mac completely off, then plug the USB key in. Hold down the Option key, then press the power button. Continue to hold the Option key until the Mac firmware displays a graphical list of the drives connected to the system. Use the trackpad or cursor keys to pick the icon on the far right (labelled "Windows") and press enter to boot from the Byzantium key.

Troubleshooting Bootup

If you boot your computer and it starts to your existing operating system on your hard drive

  • Your computer is likely not set to boot from disc. You may have missed the "Boot menu" or not pressed a key in time to cause startup to occur from the CD/DVD or USB Device
  • It is also possible you have a bad burned copy of Project Byzantium, or have a misconfigured USB device. If you are absolutely certain you are correctly selecting the bootup media you want to use, then try either burning a new copy of Project Byzantium or recreating the USB device image.

Configuring Your Mesh Node

Once you've got Byzantium booted, you don't need to do anything to configure it because it did that itself. You are now free to do other things.

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