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Old 03-08-2008, 04:50 PM   #1
Registered: May 2003
Location: Boston, MA
Distribution: CrunchBang Statler, Debian Stable, CentOS 5.5, etc.
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qemu boot of live USB image hangs loading initrd.img

I've just installed qemu-0.9.0-5 and the kqemu accelerator on my BLAG 70001 (derived from Fedora 7) desktop. When I attempt to bring up a live USB image of either BLAG, Damn Small Linux or Puppy Linux, it never seems to get past the "Loading initrd.img..." message. I invoke the image as follows:

qemu -m 512 -hda /dev/sde1
Booting the USB stick natively works fine. Should I be using a different set of options, or might something else be wrong? Thanks in advance.

Last edited by poblano; 03-09-2008 at 09:22 AM. Reason: fixed two typos
Old 03-09-2008, 09:45 AM   #2
Registered: May 2003
Location: Boston, MA
Distribution: CrunchBang Statler, Debian Stable, CentOS 5.5, etc.
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Problem was resolved by creating a qcow2 image and then booting from that:

pablo@brixton=> mkdir qemu
pablo@brixton=> cd qemu
pablo@brixton=> qemu-img create -f qcow2 c.img 3G
Formating 'c.img', fmt=qcow2, size=3145728 kB
pablo@brixton=> ll
total 24
-rw-r--r-- 1 pablo pablo 24576 2008-03-09 10:27 c.img
pablo@brixton=> qemu -cdrom /tmp/dsl-4.2.5.iso -hda c.img -m 256 -boot d



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