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Old 06-01-2006, 12:07 PM   #1
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Install From USB Key?


I want to install DSL on a spare machine however I have no CD Burner available. Can I load the 50MB ISO image I have on a USB thumb drive and boot from this? I don't know if I need a specific ISO version to boot from USB or if all ISO of DSL will boot from USB.

I am downloading the image from here and it is the "current" folder.
 
Old 06-02-2006, 07:49 AM   #2
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I think this page will tell you what you need to know. The DSL wiki links to it.

Debian USB booting tutorial
 
Old 06-30-2006, 05:11 PM   #3
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i followed the instruction in dave's link.

i have a 256 mb lexar jumpdrive 2.0 pro my pc is a dell.

i enabled boot on usb in the bios but when i restart with the usb drive i get:
Code:
SYSLINUX 2.00 2002-10-25
and the computer freezes (ctrl-alt-del does nothing. the num-lock, caps-lock led's don't toggle on/off). i eventually hit the power swith after 5 mins

can anyone tell me how to debug this.

thanks
 
Old 07-06-2006, 03:09 PM   #4
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i redid these instructions without
Code:
   mv isolinux.bin syslinux.bin
  mv isolinux.cfg syslinux.cfg
(i think my bios is new enough)
amways, on my desktop i get the dsl splash-screen and it starts to boot with a green progress bar then it goes black and my moniter goes on standby.

on my dell laptop i get the dsl splash-screen i hit enter to boot but all i get is a black screen and the keyboard doesnt respond. none of the boot options seem to work.

any suggestions...

thanks,
 
Old 07-06-2006, 07:49 PM   #5
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The green bar is the hardware detection. There is something causing a conflict, and it is probally your video cards. Post your system specs and mabey omeone can help you more
 
Old 07-10-2006, 01:22 PM   #6
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i got a:
dell poweredge 400sc (don't laugh)
with 768 mb ram
2 ghz intel celeron d
ati 9600

thanks,
 
Old 07-17-2006, 03:17 PM   #7
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knoppix (live-cd) is able to startup no problem.

is there something i can do to get dsl (live-usb) to boot?
 
Old 07-17-2006, 08:14 PM   #8
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i burnt the iso to an actual cd; here's how far i got:
Code:
autoconfiguring deviceXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXmodprobe:
modprobe: can't locate module block-major-2
Done.
mouse...
keyboard...
run level 5...
anyone know how to fix this, thanks
 
Old 07-21-2006, 02:26 PM   #9
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boot failsafe works.

how do i enable internet?

thanks,
 
Old 07-31-2006, 04:01 PM   #10
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thanks,
with different combinations of dsl vga=normal noacpi acpi=off acpi=force noscusi ...
Code:
Code: Bad EIP value
i should mention that sometimes with boot option 'expert' it drops me into a limeted shell with a list of about 15 usable commands.

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Old 08-25-2006, 10:31 PM   #11
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if you get to run level 5 and then the screen is messed up or black...try at boot: dsl xsetup or dsl vga=normal dsl xsetup...then answer the xsetup prompts...hope it helps
 
  


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