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Old 02-01-2012, 07:36 AM   #1
qweyu
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Unhappy how can i install slackware linux on an external usb drive


hullo,

i have a dual boot arrangement on my dell laptop, Ubuntu & XP. i want to try out the slackware experience. am told i can install it to an external drive. is there any one who can show me how to? i will be gratefull thanks
 
Old 02-01-2012, 11:24 AM   #2
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Slackware onto a USB drive

When you plug your USB drive in it should be detected. It will not be automatically mounted. It will have a record somewhere indicating it's name /dev/usbdriveijustpluggedin. Installing slack should not be hard onece you can direct it to install on that drive.
 
Old 02-01-2012, 06:53 PM   #3
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I'd like to add just a bit.

When I use any usb device I like to do a full cold power off, then attach any usb devices and then power up. In some cases it is wise to also look at bios first to see if the hardware has been seen. Some odd computers must have that done and again a reboot to get it to work correctly.

Most of the modern distro's have used a way to use drives that makes them mostly similar. They use scsi commands no matter the type of drive or how it attaches. If your system is new enough and not too many bugs in bios it can boot to a usb device. Normally it is a hard drive order choice and not a usb choice in this case.

For the most simple explanation do this. Backup your current data. Insert the install media cd or dvd. Full power off. Attach usb device. (may need check in bios) Boot to the cd/dvd and install to the usb drive. Be sure when it comes to the grub or loader you put it on the external.
 
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:09 PM   #4
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hello,

I installed the "salix" fluxbox 13.1.2 on my USB.
"Salix" is not "slackware" but probably not far away from it (I could not find anywhere how to install slackware on usb).

Start point:
- a SD card 8 GB with boot partition ext2 (I put this card on an USB adapter; so, this is like an USB stick).
- extlinux installed on it (install it via the installation of TinyCoreLinux live CD)
- I installed a mutiboot extlinux on it. See what I have on it below.

....
#
LABEL tcl4.2 fonic/wlan/xvesa/de (no LAN boot option)
MENU LABEL tcl4.2 fonic/wlan/xvesa/de (no LAN boot option)
KERNEL /boot/tcl4/vmlinuz
APPEND vga=ask quiet showapps pause waitusb=5:UUID="cc9e97b9-67de-4e85-8f80-750a7d0f8841" tce=UUID="cc9e97b9-67de-4e85-8f80-750a7d0f8841"/tce4 kmap=qwertz/de-latin1 nodhcp printk.time=1 mydata=datafonic lst=corevesa.lst
initrd /boot/tcl4/core.gz
TEXT HELP
asus boot code corevesa.lst
hp6910 boot code hp6910vesa.lst
ENDTEXT
#
LABEL tcl4.2 fonic/wlan/xorg/de (no LAN boot option; xorg de kbd)
MENU LABEL tcl4.2 fonic/wlan/xorg/de (no LAN boot option; xorg de kbd)
KERNEL /boot/tcl4/vmlinuz
APPEND quiet showapps pause waitusb=5:UUID="cc9e97b9-67de-4e85-8f80-750a7d0f8841" tce=UUID="cc9e97b9-67de-4e85-8f80-750a7d0f8841"/tce4 kmap=qwertz/de-latin1 nodhcp printk.time=1 mydata=xorgfonic lst=corexorg.lst
initrd /boot/tcl4/core.gz
TEXT HELP
asus boot code lst=corexorg.lst mydata=xorgfonic
hp6910 boot code lst=hp6910xorg.lst mydata=xorgfonic
ENDTEXT
#
#
LABEL tcl4.2 nc10 wlan (no LAN boot option)
MENU LABEL tcl4.2 nc10 wlan (no LAN boot option)
KERNEL /boot/tcl4/vmlinuz
APPEND vga=ask quiet showapps pause waitusb=5:UUID="cc9e97b9-67de-4e85-8f80-750a7d0f8841" tce=UUID="cc9e97b9-67de-4e85-8f80-750a7d0f8841"/tce4 kmap=qwertz/de-latin1 blacklist=b43 blacklist=ssb blacklist=bcma nodhcp mydata=nc10 noacpi lst=nc10vesa.lst
initrd /boot/tcl4/core.gz
TEXT HELP
nc10 boot code lst=nc10vesa.lst or nc10xorg.lst; mydata=nc10
usb modem tbd ??
ENDTEXT
#
#
LABEL knoppix kbd_DE
MENU LABEL knoppix kbd_DE
KERNEL /boot/knoppix/linux
APPEND ramdisk_size=100000 lang=en nowheelmouse dma noswap noeject xmodule=mga desktop=fluxbox vt.default_utf8=0 apm=power-off vga=0x311 nomce quiet loglevel=0 tz=Europe/Berlin
initrd /boot/knoppix/minirt.gz
TEXT HELP
see http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/Cheat_Codes.. if no boot, try knoppix vga=0
or acpi=off pnpbios=off noapic noapm (helpful for laptops)
or vga=0 debug -b 3 or If you get that far, type 'init 5' to go into graphics mode.
or failsafe debug -b 3
ENDTEXT
#
LABEL slitaz DE
MENU LABEL slitaz DE
KERNEL /boot/slitaz/bzImage
APPEND rw root=/dev/null quiet kmap=de-latin1 vga=791 sound=no modprobe=mga lang=en acpi=off tz=localtime
INITRD /boot/slitaz/rootfs.gz
#
LABEL PartedMagic 486
MENU LABEL PartedMagic 486 kbd_US
KERNEL /boot/pmagic/bzImage
APPEND directory=/boot label=SD8GB_Uhlb edd=off load_ramdisk=1 prompt_ramdisk=0 rw loglevel=9 max_loop=256
INITRD /boot/pmagic/initramfs
TEXT HELP
have look at the pmagic cheat codes for setting the kezboard at boot..
ENDTEXT
#
label puppy warry linux
menu label puppy warry linux
kernel /boot/warry/vmlinuz
append pmedia=ideflash psubdir=boot/warry lang=en pkeys=de # pmedia=usbflash
initrd /boot/warry/initrd.gz
#
label lucid puppy linux
menu label lucid puppy linux
kernel /boot/lupu/vmlinuz
append pmedia=ideflash psubdir=boot/lupu lang=en pkeys=de
initrd /boot/lupu/initrd.gz
#
label slacko puppy linux
menu label slacko puppy linux
kernel /boot/slacko/vmlinuz
append pmedia=ideflash psubdir=boot/slacko lang=en pkeys=de
initrd /boot/slacko/initrd.gz
#
label salix 13.1.2 fluxbox
menu label salix 13.1.2 fluxbox
kernel /salixlive/vmlinuz
append root=/dev/ram0 rw quiet kbnum=1 lang=de_DE.utf8 keyb=de toram runlevel=3 synaptics=off changes=slxsave.xfs
## original lang=${locale} keyb=${kb} ${runlevel} ${toram} ${numlock} ${synaptics} ${env}
initrd /salixlive/initrd.gz

#
LABEL arch
TEXT HELP
Boot the ArchBang Linux live medium. It allows you to install ArchBang Linux
ENDTEXT
MENU LABEL Boot ArchBang Linux
LINUX /arch/boot/i686/vmlinuz
INITRD /arch/boot/i686/archiso.img
APPEND archisobasedir=arch archisolabel=SD8GB_Uhlb quiet xorg=vesa nomodeset
#
LABEL archauto
TEXT HELP
Try this option if the first doesn't work
ENDTEXT
MENU LABEL Boot ArchBang Linux [Xorg autodetect]
LINUX /arch/boot/i686/vmlinuz
INITRD /arch/boot/i686/archiso.img
APPEND archisobasedir=arch archisolabel=SD8GB_Uhlb quiet
#
....

with isomaster, I extracted the "salixlive" directory of the "salixlive" iso with fluxbox (and all files of it) and putted them on /
And I putted the file (so far I remember) livecd.sgn in the / directory of this USB (from the salixlive CD).

Last edited by floppy_stuttgart; 02-04-2012 at 02:18 PM.
 
  


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