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Old 07-10-2007, 03:29 PM   #1
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Help! installing dsl on a flash drive


I need basic, step-by-step instructions to install DSL on a flash drive. I know very, very little about Linux. Thanks
 
Old 07-10-2007, 06:54 PM   #2
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If you have burned it onto a disk, boot from the disk. Once DSL is up and running, Right-click on the desktop and select Apps --> Tools --> Instal to USB Pendrive --> Install to USB HDD.

If your Flashdrive is not on the list, you might want to mount it first using the application on the bottom right corner.

If you want other methods, go to DSL's wiki:
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/i...SB_Flash_Drive

Have fun!
 
Old 07-10-2007, 10:56 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, I don't understand: "If you have burned it onto a disk". "it" = DSL?, download page has many versions,which one?
"If you have burned it onto a disk"? "Boot from disk"?
Please, remember I said basic. Harry
 
Old 07-11-2007, 12:27 AM   #4
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First, if you will be running DSL from Windows, then download the DSL-embedded.zip. Unzip it to your USB flash drive, and then double-click pendrive.bat and it should run DSL within windows. Press Ctrl + alt + f for fullscreen and if you need to go back to windows, press ctrl+alt and you can use your windows program.

Second, if you will be running this when your computer boot, you can do one of two ways. The first way, follow the instruction here:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2007/01...n-one-usb-dsl/

However, please make sure you have transferred the content of your flash drive somewhere if it is not empty. You don't want to lose any important files stored in your flash drive.

The other way is a bit complicated if you have never changed your BIOS info. If you prefer this way, post again and I'll do my best to walk you through.
 
Old 07-11-2007, 06:51 AM   #5
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Many thanks. Harry
 
Old 07-11-2007, 08:35 AM   #6
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walk thru instructions

I would like a walk thru of the method shown in post #4
 
Old 07-11-2007, 11:38 AM   #7
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All right, this is a remake of the instructions in linuxpendrive. The other way is dangerous if you don't know your way around linux and I don't want you to accidentally wipe your hard drive doing this. Please post what kind of computer you will be using this on so I can be more specific, i.e. brand and model.

So, here you go:
  1. You will be doing this in windows, by the way.
  2. Download the HP Format Utility
  3. If your USB flash drive is not empty, move any files you need in it somewhere so you don't lose them.
  4. Run the HP format utility and format you USB FD with Fat or Fat32 filesystem.
  5. Download DSL-embedded.zip and unzip the content to your USB FD. You can remove the following files if you won't be running DSL within Windows:
    - all the .bat files
    - qemu directory
  6. Download SysLinux-3.36.zip and create a directory called syslinux in your C: drive. Then unzip syslinux-3.3.6 into that newly created directory.
  7. Click Start button on your task bar and select Run. Type cmd and click OK, or simply press Enter button.
  8. type cd c:\syslinux\win32
  9. type syslinux.exe -ma X: where X is your USB drive's letter. If you don't know what letter it is, Double-click on My Computer icon on your desktop and it should tell you what drive it is. It will say something like Removable Drive (E: ), as an example.
  10. Once that is done, you will restart your computer with your USB drive still attached to your computer. (WARNING: From here on, please only try it if you are comfortable with this. If not, ask someone who is knowledgeable to help you with this.) At the first boot screen (the one with your computer's brand logo), press the key to access your bios. It is usually the Del or F2 buttons, but it may differ (please check your pc's manual which usually also contains information about the different options in the BIOS setup screen). Also, some computers have a button for you to choose where to boot from. If that is the case, it is usually F12 button. If not, when you get into the BIOS setup screen, press the right-arrow key until you get to the boot screen.
  11. In this screen, you will see several options. One option should be Boot Priority and another Hard Drive Priority or something like that. Press the down-arrow until it is highlighted and press Enter. If your USB stick is listed in the Boot Priority option, you need to move it to the top by pressing + button. If not, press Esc to go back to the previous screen and select Hard Drive priority. If it detects your USB stick, you should see it listed as a second option. At the first option, when you press Enter, it should give you a dropdown list. Scroll to your USB stick and press Enter. Press F10 and save the configuration. Your PC is now set to boot from your USB stick. If it doesn't detect your USB stick, I am not sure what is going on. You might want to try other stick.
  12. If everything goes right, you should see the DSL boot screen in few seconds.
One thing I need to warn you is that when you are in the BIOS setup screen, don't change anything that you don't know what they are . You might want to just look around first to understand what each setting is. As I indicated in my instruction, the one you need is located in the BOOT setting area. If your PC is new, it should have the F12 button option and that is the best way to do it rather than using the BIOS setup screen.

I am keeping my fingers crossed for you and please report your success here.

Last edited by frazum; 07-11-2007 at 11:48 AM.
 
Old 07-12-2007, 07:53 AM   #8
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Thanks for all your help. Iwas able to put DSL on a flash drive to run from windows.
However, I'm going to postpone trying the other procedure. Harry
 
Old 04-01-2008, 09:07 PM   #9
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Exclamation Question about DSL on a flashdrive

Ya, I did the instructions that you said frazum, with using HP utility key and such, but im still having problems. It will recognize the USB drive when I boot from it. I tell it to boot when it shows the normal penguin... then when it says reading for USB devices, it says ok. But then uner that, in red, it says that it cannot find my Knoppix information. But infact, its on there, I checked on my other PC. So then it stays at a lower shelf of itself, and stays there. What would I be doing wrong? Thanks for the help.
 
  


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