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Old 10-06-2003, 01:42 PM   #1
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Question USB Stick boot


Guys,

I have been playing with this thing for days. Is it possible to boot a usb stick by itself without a floppy disk to start it off?

If so, who can tell me how to start the device, boot wise; syslinux, lilo, grub?

I have tried all those three mentioned above and I just can't get it to play, thanks in advance,

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Old 10-06-2003, 02:04 PM   #2
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How is it failing?
Can the BIOS see it?
Does the boot loader see it?
Does the kernel start to boot?
Does it have a problem seeing the root disk?

I've never tried to boot via a USB stick, but it's certainly possible. At least according to the disk-encryption howto at tldp.org. If you want, head over to http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Disk-Encry...OWTO/x266.html and make sure you didn't forget anything.

I hope my lack of information helped...
 
Old 10-06-2003, 02:09 PM   #3
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Yes, does your motherboard BIOS allow booting from a USB device? I have tested mine with DOS but not linux.

http://www.ncsu.edu/resnet/runt/

Any bootloader should work but you need a initrd that loads all the USB modules to load the kernel. Also you want something like a Knoppix CD version because flash memory has unlimited reads but only 100,000 writes or so. It wouldn't take long to wear it out.
 
Old 10-07-2003, 11:07 AM   #4
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The USB drivers should probably be compiled directly into the kernel, bypassing the need for an initrd. Slackware doesn't use initrds out of the box.
 
Old 10-08-2003, 08:43 AM   #5
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Thanks for your help guys, I will see what I can find
 
Old 10-08-2003, 09:32 AM   #6
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The freevix project (www.freevix.org) has a section in the forum (at http://www.txrx.org/forum/) about booting from USB devices.

Also puppy-linux (http://www.goosee.com/puppy/) is supposed to boot off USB memory devices.

Haven't tried it myself.
 
  


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