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Old 03-12-2005, 12:04 PM   #1
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Losing mind over Linux on my USB thumb drive!

(I hope this is the right forum)

Heres the problem, I baught a 1 gig Lexar Jumpdrive Elite, with the intent to install some sort of linux to it. I wanted it to end up being bootable from any machine (probobly from a cd that I carry with it), be a true linux install, and have lots of security tools.

I have tried Slax, DSL, Puppy, Operator, Knoppix-STD, Phlak, and Suse.
None of these will install a TRUE copy of linux on my thumb drive. Slax tried, but failed miserably every time I tried it, and I tried it a lot.

Am I missing something here? I was under the impression that this wasent some lofty goal, but that people had done this befor me. Iv been working on it non stop for about a week now and Iv made zero progress.

If someone could point me in the direction of a new distro, or a guide about this, or really any new info, Id really appreciate it. I think I got myself in over my head just a bit =).
Old 03-12-2005, 03:37 PM   #2
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Many distributions do not compile the USB modules into the kernel nor include them in the initrd (initial ramdisk). Its not a lofty goal but it isn't trivial either. There are websites that do explain how to install on a USB device and then rebuild the initrd.

Old 03-12-2005, 06:18 PM   #3
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How I wish I was at that stage of problems lol. Im still stuck on actually getting a real install onto it, and even getting it to try to boot =(.

Sadly my Phoenix 6.00PG wont boot to it. Its a very strange problem, while it has 4 different usb boot options, usb-FDD usb-HDD usb-ZIP usb-CDROM, only one functions. usb-HDD responds to the flash drive, the flash drive blinks, and then here is what I get.

(Standard bios info)
Verifying DMI Pool Data ............
Boot from CD :

^ right here is the little blinking cursor, but its totaly unresponsive, though ctrl+alt+del does reboot it from there, thats all it can do lol. There was no cd in the drive, and iv also tried it with no other drives connected, I removed the IDE cables.

Iv gotten an install of DSL onto the device, but I had no way to boot to it once it was on there.

So I have 2 problems. One, what distro of linux can complete a full install in a 1 gig flash drive? Two is there a way to make a cd that will boot my usb drive? That would be awsome. If not, I need a boot floppy that will do the same thing.

Thank you for your time.
Old 03-16-2005, 02:53 PM   #4
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anyone? I cant find anything on google about an actual linux install onto a usb drive, the only guides I can find are all just putting a live cd on the usb drive, and I cant see any reason to ever do that, if thats all I wanted Id just use a live cd lol


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