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Old 02-21-2010, 12:52 AM   #1
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USB install of slackware 13


I'm getting a netbook with no cd/dvd drive but it boots off of usb, so I've made a slackware 13 usb stick to start the install. I also have a usb hard drive I was going to copy the packages to. I'm wondering... should I boot with the usb install stick and then connect the usb hard drive afterwards?
 
Old 02-21-2010, 02:56 AM   #2
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boot with the usb install stick and then connect the usb hard drive afterwards?
That's my guess. Just to be lazy I'd likely first try booting from the stick with the drive connected to see if it'd work.

Let us know how it works for you. Cheers!
 
Old 02-21-2010, 03:07 PM   #3
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I'm running slackware 13 (32bit) on my netbook, since slack13 got first released. I 'm booting directly from my external usb drive (ext4). Few minor things to consider after installation is to mkinitrd and add the modules you need to pre-load
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mkinitrd -c -k 2.6.29.6-smp -m ext4:usb-storage:ehci-hcd -f ext4 -w 10 -r /dev/sdb1
worked fine for my external disk (sdb1)Then you need to run lilo.
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boot = /dev/sdb
lba32
# Windows bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/sda3
label = Windows
table = /dev/sda
# Windows bootable partition config ends
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz
initrd = /boot/initrd.gz
root = /dev/sdb1
label = Linux
read-only

# Linux bootable partition config ends
here is part of my lilo.conf
Be careful not to mesh up with your primary (internal) hard-disk (in my case sda). You don't want lilo to be installed there, otherwise you cannot boot at all if your external disk is not present. This is not a step by step guide, but I hope you got the main idea. Good luck
 
Old 02-21-2010, 03:42 PM   #4
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I'm running slackware 13 (32bit) on my netbook, since slack13 got first released. I 'm booting directly from my external usb drive (ext4).
Not really what I meant, I was going to use the ext. usb drive to hold the install media. But... I like your way better, iff your ext. usb drive isn't connected can you boot into windows as if linux was never installed? Any particular reason you chose ext4 for your file system?
 
Old 02-21-2010, 04:42 PM   #5
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...if your ext. usb drive isn't connected can you boot into windows as if linux was never installed?
Yes, that's the idea. With the ext. drive plugged in, you can select the OS from lilo, if it is removed windows starts without any prompt.
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Any particular reason you chose ext4 for your file system?
I 've formatted in ext4 just because it's new I 'd like to try it. ext3 makes no difference , you can use it
 
  


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