Ok this where im currently at.
I downloaded and burnt iso for DSL. Just to see what its like. Ok looks feels fine. Found option in desktop to install to USB-HDD, did that but it seems USB-FDD wont boot that on my machine so im stuffed for a direct boot test.
I have lilo on my machine so that i can dual boot between xp and mandriva 2oo7. Allows me to slowly migrate.
So I figure in this case to test my USB DSL stick I could just add to lilo options so in mandriva i tried to add /dev/sda1, ok, but it wants the location of kernal image, ok back into DSL ISO boot and find what looks like a location....KERNAL= /boot/linux24.
Back to Mandriva and tried ading /dev/sda1, linux OS, kernal location /boot/linux24.... i didnt like that...doesnt exist???
Now im stumped!
One last thing! Why does DSL insist on making my 4GB USB one single FAT partion. Tried everything I know in FDISK. If its only 50Mb it doesnt need all that.