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Old 04-07-2011, 01:43 PM   #1
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Question Gentoo on an USB hdd


Hello.

Well, I think that this thread doesn't go here, but I didn't find the correct forum to post it.

I'm trying to install Gentoo, from the LiveDVD, but not in my main hard drive. I'm trying to do that in my USB hard drive. Well, I want to know if I must take into account something about compiling kernel or something, because it seems that Gentoo doesn't recognize my USB. For example, when I configure GRUB or LILO.

lilo.conf:
Code:
boot=/dev/sdb
prompt
timeout=100
default=gentoo

image=/boot/kernel-2.6.36-gentoo-r8
  label=gentoo
  read-only
  root=/dev/sdb2

image=/boot/kernel-2.6.36-gentoo-r8
  label=gentoo.rescue
  read-only
  root=/dev/sdb2
  append="init=/bin/bb"

other=/dev/sda1
  label=windows
And then...

Code:
# /sbin/lilo
Warning: LBA32 addressing assumed
Warning: /dev/sdb is not on the first disk
Fatal: open /boot/kernel-2.6.36-gentoo-r8: No such file or directory
And I can't access to my distro when LILO menu appears, it says: "Error 15, bla bla bla".

I need some help. Thanks.

Ah, I don't know if this is important, but I didn't use genkernel to compile my kernel, as you can see in that lilo.conf. I had some problems with it.
 
Old 04-08-2011, 09:56 AM   #2
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Gentoo doesn't strike me as a Distro for installing on a USB stick. The live CD probably doesn't contain drivers to enable it to do so. Have you checked/downloaded the Gentoo handbook for the processor you're using and checked?

Then again... I installed Gentoo on a Sun Ultra 2 some years ago and kept failing as, when setting up the kernel configuration file, I kept either omitting the SCSI disk section or getting it wrong so when I compiled the kernel (took ages on a dual 333Mhz system) It wouldn't boot as it had no driver for the disk it had just installed on! Is this to use as a Live boot/install device (like the CD) or a permanent bootable drive?

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