GRUB: Booting from USB; Creating the Ultimate Bootable USB Stick
Ok, so last week I was sick for a few days, and spent my down time working on creating a bootable USB flash drive with GRUB on it. Most everything is working great, but there's a few things I haven't figured out yet. To start out, here's my menu.lst:
Now, here's the ones that don't work:
ALL Debian LiveCDs
Win XP Pro Installer
Win XP Recovery Console
Gparted and the Debian LiveCDs are the most important; I haven't tried to get the windows stuff working yet (I just guessed at what those entries should look like).
Anything obvious I'm missing? It seems to be only the LiveCDs I'm having trouble with... I'll report the exact error messages later. (I know the kernel/initrd paths are correct; I get errors from Linux during startup.)
Also, any more knowledge about GRUB in general is much appreciated; I'm aware I may have extra "root (hd0,0)" lines etc. in there.
a couple pointers
1) you cant "hide" the debian live stuff inder alot of folders
the initrd gos looking for a folder named "live"
You should therefore edit the initrd for each debian based system
it's pretty easy
Basically, create a folder named "tree", cd into folder tree and open the initrd with cpio
assuming initrd.gz is in folder with tree folder
look in folder scripts and open the script "live" as root with text editor
it looks like this, just the top part
dont change the mountpoint (mountpoint="/live/image")
you need to make each LIVE_MEDIA_PATH= different for debian live and gparted
so, for example; change the older debian live path to
and new to
if running persistent you also need to change the live-rw to whatever
I never use these
to edit the other initrds just make them .gz's instead of .img
so, your new grub menu.lst may be like
Boot Parameters for Debian Live
so, check that out and see if you have any more issues:)
Wow, I envy your level of understanding!
Well, so far I've managed to get that far, I've edited the live script with the correct path. Now instead of being dumped into a shell, I get a kernel panic and no init found. I have a hunch that it may have something to do with the filesystem.squashfs, but that's just me. I've spent hours working on this but haven't been able to get any further. I noticed there's a 'run-init' file in /bin, and tried using init=/bin/run-init, as well as several other things, but that didn't work either. What's the next step?
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