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If you want to keep Puppy Linux on your hard disk drive (HDD) and this OS to be the only one on the desired drive, you can omit the difficulties around GRUB.
What do I have in mind? Perform a frugal install!
Here are some steps in details:
1.Boot Puppy from another media (USB flash, CD or other HDD)
2.Modify the partitions of the desired HDD (for example, /dev/hda, /dev/hdb, dev/sda, dev/sdb, etc.) Refer to Puppy Drive Mounter about the devices or the given sizes (if you remember them).
2.1.Let the first partition have fat32 file system and be not larger than 32 GB. This first partition will be used for installing Puppy.
2.2.Configure the other partitions as you wish, but don't make fat16 volumes larger than 3.75GB each and fat32 ones larger than the limit mentioned in 2.1.
2.3.After the partitions are ready, right click on the first partition, choose "Manage flags" and click on "boot" (it must be selected). If the volume is larger than 4GB, you can also select "lba").
3.Start installing Puppy
3.1.Menu>Setup>Puppy Universal Installer
3.2.Choose the type of your hard drive (Internal ATA hard drive/SATA Internal Hard Drive)
3.3.Select which hard drive to be used
3.4.Click on the button corresponding to the first partition (/dev/hda1, hdb1, sda1, sdb1, etc.)
3.5.Follow the steps (point where are the Puppy files stored, choose a custom folder where Puppy to be installed)
4.Make the first partition bootable with syslinux.
4.1.Choose "console" from the desktop
4.2.Type syslinux /dev/?dX1, where:
4.2.1.? is the letter of the type of your storage device (h for internal ATA HDD, s for SATA one). In newer kernels h is replaced by s.
4.2.2.X is the indicator for primary master(a), primary slave(b), seconadry master(c), secondary slave(d)
5.Configure the boot
5.1.Mount /dev/?dX1, open the volume with ROX file manager, and somewhere click with the right mouse button on the white screen and choose New>Blank file
5.2.Rename the file to syslinux.cfg
6.Create blank files - "markers" for finding Puppy files
6.1.Open the volume with ROX file manager, and somewhere click with the right mouse button on the white screen and choose New>Blank file
6.2.Type either "idehd" or "satahd"
7.1.The code in 5.3. is valid if you installed Puppy to a subfolder "linux". You can change it to whatever you want depending on the folder you created. If you don't want to install Puppy to a subfolder, the code should be the following:
That's amazing - so many distributions on a single partition!
Actually I'm not so surprised - you can store as many distros as you want providing that they don't confront each other and you have a correct syslinux.cfg file with all the kernel, initial ramdisk parameters and kernel command lines.
For example, on my memory card, which is bootable with syslinux, I have put Puppy 3.01 vmlinuz&initrd.gz (both for kernel 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52), memdisk as a kernel and images (.img) of MS-DOS 7 and KolibriOS 0.7.5.0.
I wrote my previous post to help others easily install Puppy without "headaches" around GRUB.
Several times I stored Puppy 3.01 and Puppy 4.2, but I've kept only 3.01 recently.
That smells of GRUB and extY partition
Your menu.lst seems quite complicated, actually.
I have little experience with GRUB, but I'm not satisfied and I prefer the combination of fat32 partition, bootable with syslinux.
The reason I don't like GRUB is that after I installed it in the needed partition (extY) and chose which other partition to boot (after some edit of menu.lst, if required), GRUB just put a boot flag on the selected partition and during next boot GRUB was skipped and the other volume was loaded.
you mean a usb when speaking fat32/syslinux right?
what you got on your fat32 usb?
hers my present syslinux cfg
for my 4gb usb
# use this to control the bootup via a serial port
# SERIAL 0 9600
# ONTIMEOUT chain.32 hd0 0
MENU BACKGROUND /boot/syslinux/warhamr.png
MENU color title 1;36;44 #ffffffff #00000000 std
MENU color sel 7;37;40 #FF000000 #FFC0C0C0 all
MENU color hotsel 1;7;37;40 #FF000000 #FFC0C0C0 all
MENU ROWS 13
MENU TITLE ThorsHammer-090109 - Boot Menu
menu label ^PLOP Bootmanager
* Can boot cd, usb, hd
menu label ^Utilities Menu
menu label GRML-^Magix-082909 Menu
menu label ^DarkMagic-4.4 Menu
menu label RescuePup-^Beta Menu
menu label KNOPPIX-6.0.1 Menu
menu label Slackware-13 Mini Menu (Alien Bob's)
menu label ^ZorOS-3.6 Menu
I think you are a professional - your syslinux.cfg and menu.lst look very complicated, but nice.
extY means an ext volume, no matter if it is ext2, ext3, or ext4 (Y stands for a digit).
"you mean a usb when speaking fat32/syslinux right" - I mean not only USB, but hard disk drive. It is also possible and I gave an example in my first post.
I'm used to simple text configuration of syslinux.cfg. Currently I keep Puppy on my Diva FX-55 MP3 device, which doesn't load kernel and initrd files correctly, although it did it fine some time ago.
Usually when I am unable to boot correctly from the device on which Puppy is kept, I do it from some other media. For example, from a MMC card with fat16/syslinux (vmlinuz and initrd.gz are stored there), HDD partition/DOS/linld, HDD/fat32/syslinux.
Here are the configuration files which used to be on my USB flash drive:
Zarejdane na operacionna sistema - Loading an operating system
Izberete ot poso4enite - Choose from the shown
Sled 4 sekundi avtomati4no se zarejda - In 4 seconds ... is automatically loaded
I checked the link about PupPak and it's really nice.
Actually I don't feel like downloading the whole iso just to see the syslinux configuration...If you don't mind, you can send it via e-mail (I think my e-mail can be got easily).
I know that syslinux wiki contains usage information, but there aren't any examples like yours.
I may learn about syslinux menus when being in mood to. For now I intend to stay with simple things