I received help
in this forum on how to get my usb flash drive partitioned correctly so that I could install damnsmalllinux on it. But I'm still stuck -- at the very last stage, which involves putting syslinux on the usb disk. When I run "syslinux /dev/sda" I get this:
/dev/sda: This doesn't look like a FAT filesystem
/dev/sda: Sector sizes other than 512 not supported
However, fdisk -l reports this:
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 63 506016 6 FAT16
and parted reports this:
Minor Start End Type Filesystem Flags
1 0.031 494.187 primary fat16 boot
So at least two software packages agree that the system is indeed a fat system (and the check module of parted checks the partition as OK).
I can't find any help by Googling for the syslinux error, nor on the syslinux website.
I remember seeing somewhere that you can install the syslinux files by direct copying, and I can copy files to the disk directly.