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Old 07-13-2010, 06:41 AM   #1
sabrinev
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Question Installing mounted .iso files of PuppyLinux


Hello,

I've tried googling for an answer to my probably extremely easy question, but since I'm a complete beginner I just do not understand whatever I find.
Same goes for the whole linux wiki.

After many frustrations with Windows I've been trying unsuccessfully to get any version of Linux to try out. However, I always get stuck at the same point: downloading the version works fine, but then getting it to work! Then I get frustrated with Linux for being too complex for the quite computer savvy in Windows, but not a programmer, person. And I returned to Windows. Repeat every 2 months.

So now I am here, please do not start talking to me as if I understand words like kernel - that's where I get stuck.

What have I done:
- working in Win7 (illegal version, since I have a netbook and legal downloads are not available in the NL yet)
- found and downloaded the 2 puppylinux files named lupu-500 and lupu_devx_500
- used Virtual Clonedrive to mount both files; looks like I have drive F: being recognized as a dvd-rom drive and drive G: named BD-rom drive.
- I double click either one to open and I get: "Windows can't access this disk, etc." for F: or for G: "Please insert a disk, etc"

I know this is a long post, but please help me or you're losing me to Microsoft again!

Kind regards,
Sabrine
 
Old 07-13-2010, 06:46 AM   #2
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I don't know about puppy linux, I would advise you to try Ubuntu first. Download the Ubuntu iso, use Unetbootin to install it on a USB stick and then set your BIOS to boot from the USB.
 
Old 07-13-2010, 07:02 AM   #3
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Thank you!

Unetbootin seems to be just what I need. It seems to download any Linux distro you want by itself too, so don't need to download it myself.

Wouldn't Ubuntu be too large to run from a 1gb usb stick though? Also, upon install, will my other data on the usb be deleted?

I must install on usb instead of on cd since I am working with a netbook, so no cd drive available.

Thanks again for the quick reply!

Edit: I just saw that Ubuntu has wireless problems. Which distro doesn't? I need to have wireless access (no point in connecting a laptop permanently to a wire, might as well buy a desktop then).

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Old 07-13-2010, 07:27 AM   #4
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I run usb puppy installed a week ago with netbootin. Great app and data won't be deleted (backup is always welcome)

usb size:
Ubuntu: 2gb
puppy:~150mb


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minitar wlan usb dongle b/g with rpsma
works out of box on ubuntu&xubuntu&puppy
debian:no
lsusb:Bus 002 Device 005: ID 0ace:1215 ZyDAS WLA-54L 802.11bg
(we accept orders)

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Old 07-13-2010, 08:02 AM   #5
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I installed puppy linux with netbootin on my usb drive. Also, my usb drive is configured as first bootable drive in BIOS. Still, it does not boot.

What am I missing?
 
Old 07-13-2010, 11:14 AM   #6
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downloading the version works fine, but then getting it to work!
This generally occurs because users do not burn the iso file downloaded as an image. Don't know if that is the case in your situation?

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Then I get frustrated with Linux for being too complex for the quite computer savvy in Windows, but not a programmer
Installing Linux doesn't require any experience or knowledge of programming because there is no programming involved.

The Puppy file to download is lupu-501.iso. Looks like earlier you downloaded the wrong files. Since you now have Puppy on your USB(?) you just need to install Grub to the mbr. I expect that is why it doesn't boot if you have the USB set to first boot priority. To explain how to do that, it would be useful to get partition information from you. Do you have any Linux CD to use to run the fdisk -l command (lower case Letter L) and post that output here.
 
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:44 PM   #7
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Since you now have Puppy on your USB(?) you just need to install Grub to the mbr.
unetbooting did this automaticaly for me last week
(puppy install from menu not .iso)
 
Old 07-14-2010, 06:47 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by yancek View Post
This generally occurs because users do not burn the iso file downloaded as an image. Don't know if that is the case in your situation?
-- I do not have a cd drive as said before, so there is nothing to burn. Also, I did mount the .iso file, which as far as i know is the equivalent of making an image drive.
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Installing Linux doesn't require any experience or knowledge of programming because there is no programming involved.

The Puppy file to download is lupu-501.iso. Looks like earlier you downloaded the wrong files. Since you now have Puppy on your USB(?) you just need to install Grub to the mbr
(I have absolutely no idea what this means, maybe it isn't programming, but this is not language that I understand)
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. I expect that is why it doesn't boot if you have the USB set to first boot priority. To explain how to do that, it would be useful to get partition information from you. Do you have any Linux CD to use to run the fdisk -l command
(same here, no clue what you are talking about. Anyway I do not have a cd as I do not have a cd drive in my netbook)
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(lower case Letter L) and post that output here.
My message is too short? Add 3 characters and repost - error message?

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