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Old 06-15-2009, 12:53 PM   #1
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Utility LiveCD Linux?


Hey guys, I just got into Linux and now I'm wondering why I ever bothered with anything else! :/

Anyways, I just burned a disk of Ubuntu Studio and I noticed once it booted that there was a "Test Memory" option, and that it was actually running memtest86.

I'm wondering if there is a LiveCD out there that has lots of fun stuff built into it for HDD/Memory/Other maintenance/test stuff?

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I'm an IT professional by trade, and we have BartPE at my work, but that boots windows and has limited tools. I would love a Linux alternative to BartPE.

I have created a disk for work which I call my "Tool Box" - it's got portable versions of things like Windirstat and CCleaner on it and I use that for workstation maintenance. So I guess I'm looking for a ToolBox variety of Linux.
 
Old 06-15-2009, 12:57 PM   #2
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Take a look at system rescue cd
http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page

more flavors:
http://www.livecdlist.com/
 
Old 06-15-2009, 01:03 PM   #3
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Hey, thanks, that looks spot on!

I also found HawkPE on this forum as well - so I will give these both a shot.

I look forward to working with the Linux community!

 
Old 06-15-2009, 02:06 PM   #4
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You know, building your own LiveCD is a good project for a quiet workday afternoon, there are guides to do this, all you need is a spare bit of space on your hard drive to partition off.
 
Old 06-15-2009, 02:10 PM   #5
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Knoppix, system rescue cd, Trinity Rescue, grml, backtrack, Super Grub, Parted Magic, Ultimate Boot CD, and for windows Hiren's
 
Old 06-15-2009, 02:35 PM   #6
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Damn, what about Multidistro.com rescue tools?
My shit is good too, just not "official"
for instance; Linux-Swiss-Army-Knife-USB
"LSAK-USB-v4.19.tar.bz2" ( Linux-Swiss-Army-Knife-USB-v4.19)

It features-
1-Avira-Anti-Virus LiveCD
2-GRML-Medium-2008
3-Mini-Pentoo-2006.1
4-Lamppix-Mini-1.1
5-DSL-4.4.10 + Qemu-Persistent-Kit
6-DSL-N-01RC4
7-Feather-0.7.5
8-NetbootCD-3.0
9-TinyCore-1.3
10-TTY-8.0-Linux
11-SuperGrubDisk
12-Balder(FreeDOS)
13-several different Memtest's
14-SmartBootManager
15-Plop Bootmanager
16-Grub4DOS
17-RecoveryLinux
18-NT-Password (NT, XP, Vista)
And also includes xtras found in the "Others" menu!
Comes up to 960MB and runs off USB or can be easily made into a ISO image for DVD with the use of a script, one for Linux and one for Windows.
Now, I also got ImmutableShield which has Ultimatebootcd too
I even got newest sysrescuecd for usb too
I need to upgrade some of thrm, but time is restricted
also check out grml linux too

also, i got a tinycore mini-rescue disk that uses grub to boot iso rather than isolinux
(http://multidistro.com/downloads/README.txt)
( http://multidistro.com/downloads/tc_...c_flavors.html )
( http://multidistro.com/downloads/off...icialusbs.html )
(http://multidistro.com/downloads/und.../under1gb.html )
( http://multidistro.com/downloads/isos/isos.html )

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Old 06-15-2009, 02:49 PM   #7
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Hey thanks guys. I found some of what is listed on livecdlist.com

I may have done something wrong (or just plain don't know what I'm doing yet) but UBCD and SystemRescueCD didn't seem to work. It's no big deal, I was just trying to find a cool new tool.

Anyhoo, I have another noobish question:

I have an OLD laptop (2002 era) and it has no CD bay and won't boot from USB devices... is there any way I can install Fedora to it? I do have 2 separate partitions on it...
 
Old 06-15-2009, 02:57 PM   #8
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does it have floppy drive and how many usb ports and what type lappy?
 
Old 06-15-2009, 05:02 PM   #9
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It has 2 USB 2.0 ports
It's a Compaq Evo 410c - no floppy drive either

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/q...11375_div.HTML
 
Old 06-15-2009, 05:07 PM   #10
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You could remove the hard-drive, put it in a box with CD etc., and do it that way. Its a messy way, but you should be able to get a working system up.
 
Old 06-15-2009, 05:14 PM   #11
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wizard.

I just figured out how to do it. I've got an external HDD kit... just need the right torx bit size for that LT... it's tiny.

Thanks again!

PS:
I'm following the advice given above - I've got it plugged in as an external HDD with the internal one disconnected of the desktop I installed Fedora on over the weekend... it's formatting now. WOOT!

Thanks you guys!

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Old 06-15-2009, 06:26 PM   #12
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Hi,

You can look at 'Get Your ISO, LiveCD & Pocket OS' and 'Tools, Recovery, Diagnostic, Emergency'.

These links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 06-15-2009, 09:08 PM   #13
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Okay, well installing Fedora 11.0 on another system didn't work... well, it worked on the other system, but not in my laptop.

I made one last desperate attempt to boot via external cd drive by turning on "Legacy USB support" in my LT's bios. IT WORKED!!!

It's slow as frozen dog poop, but it's working!

Inspiration hits at beer 4
 
Old 06-16-2009, 02:43 AM   #14
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Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix. Very useful for many things, for example, I was booting off a Live USB stick and my friend knocks it out, interrupting shrinking a partition. Ubuntu 9.04 would not boot, so I booted from URR (on a 500GB external HDD), and then imaged it with GNU DDrescue, restored the partitions with testdisk and recovered my important files with photorec. Very useful. If you add Clam-AV, you can also get rid of viruses on Windows partitions.

http://ubuntu-rescue-remix.org/

download (for a command line interface) or for a GUI, install a normal *buntu install onto a external hard drive, add "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/arzajac/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main" without quotes to your sources.list (or add it via the software sources GUI) and then just type "sudo apt-get install ubuntu-rescue-remix-tools" in a terminal.

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Old 06-16-2009, 07:50 AM   #15
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COOL!!!

I think this is what I was really lookin for.

On a sad side note, my laptop is just too old to cut the cheese. I technically got Fedora installed, though it took quite a long time, but it errored out at the very end and would not boot. I think I might burn an XFCE disk or puppy linux or something and try that tonight.
 
  


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