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Old 04-10-2007, 02:23 PM   #1
c_manella
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Question Complicated(?) Thumbdrive Boot question


I have an old Dell Latitude CPx500GT (P III 500, 128mb RAM, NO HDD) that I'd like to use for a wardriving project. The problem is that the USB port is not bootable and all I can boot from is the floppy. Ultimately, I'd like to boot from the floppy and have it mount the USB drive yada, yada, yada. Any Ideas or suggestions?
 
Old 04-10-2007, 03:05 PM   #2
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Why would you expect anyone to help you with something of questionable legality?
 
Old 04-10-2007, 03:07 PM   #3
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It can be done. You have to create a CD with an initrd ram drive image that will mount the USB and use it as a storage area. You will need to get familiar with Embedded Linux or Live CD systems. There are some already made but you can also create your own custome Live CD. However, the learning curve is steep.
 
Old 04-10-2007, 04:19 PM   #4
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ramram, thanx, but no CD on the laptop. If there was I would probably run from a live CD and use the usb for storage.

Quakeboy, Thank you for attempting to adjust my "moral compass". However, this is not of questionably legality in this case as I am using it in a project to check our networks at work (I suppose I could have just left the wardriving part out).
 
Old 04-10-2007, 10:18 PM   #5
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You can create a bootable floppy with an initrd that mounts the root partition from the USB pendrive. You can do it with Knoppix or one of it's derivatives. Basically you copy the kernel and the initrd to the floppy with only the minimum necessary modules to be able to mount the USB drive and chroot to the root partition there. There are several utilities that are very useful for this including cloop, unionfs, squashfs. It's very complicated and I guarantee you it will take a while; because you will be creating your own distribution to work with a floppy and usb pendrive. Most people just grab what's out there already made and with step by step instructions, like damnsmalllinux.org but I never hard of floop/usb combination. Good luck.
 
  


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