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I am using a computer which is an EBX-12 Single Board Computer (SBC, just like PC/104) specs of which are as follow:
Intel Pentium M 1.6 GHz
512 MB RAM
Intel 855GME chipset
Compact Flash Site
2 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface
2 USB 2.0 ports
15 GB HDD
Hitachi CD ROM
The above configuration works with normal x86 code. Currently I have installed Fedora core 4(x86) on the above system. I have a 512 MB CF (Compact Flash) card which is recognized as hdc on my system. Now, I want to boot this computer off that CF card as towards the end there will be no hard drive. I can access my CF card through the currently installed system without any problems. Can someone suggest me the steps that I have to go through in order to achieve this. Or if someone knows some already existing pointer over the net, can you please post it.
Also, does the procedure differ for different flavors of Linux? I have been using linux since last 2-3 years and I can say that I fairly know the linux OS but I am new to this kind of situation.
Normally that'd be a function of the BIOS or whatever controller software is on the board.
Check page 7 of the manual. The section of the setup screen you want is "Boot Order". If it's possible to change one of the boot options to "Flash" (or however it's designated) that'd probably be how to do it.
I guess I should have written my question in more detail. What I want is I want to boot the Fedora 4 core linux from the CF i.e. how to do I transfer my existing installation of Linux from my hard drive to CF and boot from it. Basically I want to eliminate the hard disk and use CF as the hard disk.
To copy the data you could simply "cp -R" it. Just change over the lilo or grub bootloader files once the data's copied over to reflect the new partitions. If it's lilo, remember to re-run "lilo" after changes are made.
If you don't have a utility or don't want to do that, do a fresh FC4 install to the flash device and copy over the important bits.
See the post above re: booting from flash. If that's not specific enough, I'm not sure what else you're looking for.
Well, I was able to do a fresh install of Fedora on my 1GB CF. And it seems that it is working fine. I noticed that the minimum disk space required for X windows and GNOME installed is around 1.2 GB for Fedora 4. Is there any way around where I can have a fedora linux running GNOME,X-windows and basic networking under 1GB of space on my CF as my CF has the limitation of 1GB. Also I installed Fedora without any swap partitions. Is that ok ?