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Old 12-06-2015, 12:15 PM   #1
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Hello.
My computer is a Acer Aspire One Netbook. The Netbook has an Intel Atom processor. It came with Window XP installed.
Linux Puppy (lupu 528.005) was downloaded then burned to a DVD. The Netbook was then booted from a USB attached disk drive.
Everything went well. Satisfied that Puppy would work for my needs, Window was removed from the Hard Drive.
The system was then booted from the DVD. Several attempts were made to install Puppy to the hard drive. On each attempt to boot from the hard drive the boot failed.
My situation at the moment is that the computer when F12 is pressed to change the boot order produces a screen with 3 options
1. IDC 0: WDC WD1600BEVT-22ZCT0
2. Network Boot: LEGACY PCE DEVICE
3. USB CDROM: VERBATIM321240AL
Whichever of these options is chosen the following screen is deployed on a bright blue background. This screen is also deployed when booting from the hard drive.
Linux (on /dev/sda1)
Install GRUB to floppy disk ( on/dev/fd0)
Install GRUB to Linux partition (on/dev/sda1)
- For help press “c” then type “help”
- For usage examples type: ‘cat /boot/grub/usage.txt’
Selecting Linux (on/dev/sda1) produces
Error 15: File not found.
Press any key to continue…
Pressing any key re-deploys the blue background screen:
Linux (on /dev/sda1)
Install GRUB to floppy disk ( on/dev/fd0)
Install GRUB to Linux partition (on/dev/sda1)
- For help press “c” then type “help”
- For usage examples type: ‘cat /boot/grub/usage.txt’
Selecting: Install GRUB to Linux partition (on/dev/sda1)
Deploys the following:
Checking if “/boot/grub/stage1” exists…yes
Checking if “/boot/grub/stage2” exists…yes
Checking if “/boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5” exists…yes
Running “embed /boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5 (hd0,0)”…failed (this is not fatal)
Running “embed /boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5 (hd0,0)”…failed (this is not fatal)
Running “install /boot/grub/stage1 (hd0,0) /boot/grub/stage2 p /boot/grub/menu.1st “…succeeded.
Done.
Press enter to continue.
Pressing enter re-deploys the bright blue screen
Linux (on /dev/sda1)
Install GRUB to floppy disk ( on/dev/fd0)
Install GRUB to Linux partition (on/dev/sda1)
- For help press “c” then type “help”
- For usage examples type: ‘cat /boot/grub/usage.txt’
The effect of this situation is that I can no longer boot from the DVD or the HD
I suspect that I am not too far from getting it right, but haven’t a clue about how to go about it.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
 
Old 12-07-2015, 10:45 PM   #2
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If you have a usb port on your Acer you could download Puppy Linux and make your usb memory stick bootable and install Puppy that way.
http://unetbootin.github.io/

When you hit F12 and choose "USB CDROM: VERBATIM321240AL" it should read your formatted usb memory stick.

Most of the members that I have had discussions with that run Puppy Linux generally run Puppy as a Live CD and don't install it to HDD.

You might want to give Tiny Core <or> Damn Small Linux a try instead.
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=tinycore
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=damnsmall
 
Old 12-07-2015, 11:03 PM   #3
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Window was removed from the Hard Drive.
How did you remove windows from hard drive? Was the hard drive formated and if so to what. Did you do a full install or frugal install? If a frugal install, where is vmlinuz, initrd.gz and sfs file located? What is displayed when linux(on /dev/sda1) is highlighed and e is pressed on the keyboard?
 
Old 12-08-2015, 09:11 AM   #4
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How did you remove windows from hard drive? Was the hard drive formated and if so to what. Did you do a full install or frugal install? If a frugal install, where is vmlinuz, initrd.gz and sfs file located? What is displayed when linux(on /dev/sda1) is highlighed and e is pressed on the keyboard?
Thank you for helping me out. For the install I used "Installing 'Puppy Linux' as the only operating system" on http://www.aztcs.org/meeting_notes/l...ux-install.pdf Those instructions call for using Gparted to delete all existing partitions. Further instructions follow on how to create a new partition EXT3 or EXT4 on the HD. I then clicked for a FULL install. Highlighting linux ( on /dev/sda1) and pressing the "e" key produces "kernel /boot/vmlinuz root = /dev/sda1 ro vga = normal" (the quotation marks are mine)

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Old 12-08-2015, 10:24 AM   #5
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Highlight linux(on /dev/sda1) press e and then add a new line before the kernel line with the following
Code:
root (hd0,0)
If puppy boots, you will need to edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and add the root line before the kernel line.
 
Old 12-08-2015, 10:57 AM   #6
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Highlight linux(on /dev/sda1) press e and then add a new line before the kernel line with the following
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root (hd0,0)
If puppy boots, you will need to edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and add the root line before the kernel line.
Thank you. I have added (hd0,0) unfortunately still get "Error 15: file not found. Press any key to continue..." on the boot attempt.
 
Old 12-08-2015, 01:03 PM   #7
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Go here http://sourceforge.net/p/boot-repair-cd/home/Home/ to get the boot-repair disk and run the boot-info script and post the results.
 
Old 12-08-2015, 05:56 PM   #8
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Go here http://sourceforge.net/p/boot-repair-cd/home/Home/ to get the boot-repair disk and run the boot-info script and post the results.
I have downloaded the boot-repair-cd. I only have a USB connected DVD drive. It now seems clear that the F12 choice of USB CDROM: Verbatim321240AL is being ignored. When I install the boot-repair-cd and choose it the screen deploys bright blue with:
Linux (on /dev/sda1)
Install GRUB to floppy disk ( on/dev/fd0)
Install GRUB to Linux partition (on/dev/sda1)
- For help press “c” then type “help”
- For usage examples type: ‘cat /boot/grub/usage.txt’
So it now seems clear that whatever choice is made on the F12 Boot Menu screen, the computer attempts to boot from the hard drive. The DVD containing the boot-repair does not include the Puppy Linux. Is there I wonder some way the wipe the HD in the Acer?
Thanks.
 
Old 12-08-2015, 06:35 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by bobbrewerma View Post
I have downloaded the boot-repair-cd. I only have a USB connected DVD drive. It now seems clear that the F12 choice of USB CDROM: Verbatim321240AL is being ignored. When I install the boot-repair-cd and choose it the screen deploys bright blue with:
Linux (on /dev/sda1)
Install GRUB to floppy disk ( on/dev/fd0)
Install GRUB to Linux partition (on/dev/sda1)
- For help press “c” then type “help”
- For usage examples type: ‘cat /boot/grub/usage.txt’
So it now seems clear that whatever choice is made on the F12 Boot Menu screen, the computer attempts to boot from the hard drive. The DVD containing the boot-repair does not include the Puppy Linux. Is there I wonder some way the wipe the HD in the Acer?

Thanks.
I have just stumbled on a solution. In the Setup Utility/boot (F2) I moved all of the options down until USB CDROM Verbatim was the top choice. Unlike the F12 Boot Menu this did have an effect. So I will say once again Thank you to ColorPurple21859. I would still like to load Puppy Linux Lucid to the HD, but am a bit gun shy. Is there a safe way to do it? Thanks.
Bob Brewer
 
Old 12-08-2015, 06:47 PM   #10
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Did the install of Puppy complete successfully? Generally, you will see a message indicating that and will be told to reboot. Puppy has a somewhat convoluted method of installing Grub. Did you use the default to install to the MBR? Are you able to access the BIOS setup to see if you have other options? On the Acer Aspire netbook I have, it is the F2 key. Go to the Boot tab and check the boot priority.
 
Old 12-08-2015, 06:48 PM   #11
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Are you able to boot the boot-repair cd and run boot-info?
 
Old 12-08-2015, 06:52 PM   #12
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also what was the name of the puppy iso that you used for the installation?
 
Old 12-09-2015, 10:33 AM   #13
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[QUOTE=colorpurple21859;5461642]Are you able to boot the boot-repair cd and run boot-info?[/QUOte

I am able to boot from the internal HD. My problem now is that I clearly don't understand HD partitians. On the Acer HD I have two partitians.
/dev/sda1 (file system)ext 3 (size)149.04 GIB (used)4.14 GIB (unused)144.90 (flag)boot
and
/dev/sda2 (file system) linux-swap. (size) 14.00 Mib
The download for boot-info has stopped at 387 of 613 MB.
I am getting a warning message: "personal storage getting full, strongly recommend you resize it or delete files" I have looked at pdisk partition manager but am at a complete loss as to what action to take? The cfdisk options reports a "fatal error: bad primary partition1" fdisk report that there is nothing wrong with 19457 cylinders but that it is greater than 1024 and may cause problems in certain setups. Either way I don't have a clue about how to proceed. Thanks
 
Old 12-09-2015, 11:39 AM   #14
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I am able to boot from the internal HD.
So you are booting puppy from the internal hard drive?
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I am getting a warning message: "personal storage getting full, strongly recommend you resize it or delete files"
It appears that you did a fugal install of puppy and this is normal if you download a large file and don't save it to /mnt/home. Puppy is a specialized distro and runs in ram and not the hard drive. /mnt/home is the partition that the fugal install of puppy is installed to and where your personal storage file will be saved when you shutdown. If your running from usb/Dvd you will get the same error and will have to save a large file to a hard drive partition. It might be better to go with one of the light-weight ubuntu based distros, usually they are easy to use, run from the hard drive, and have a wider range of packages for software needs.

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Old 12-09-2015, 11:55 AM   #15
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One can resize the personal save storage also. It is in the menu.

http://puppylinux.org/wikka/ResizeSaveFile
 
  


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