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Old 09-03-2009, 03:25 PM   #16
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did you at some point install grub to the usb?

you don't need grub for a fat32 partition

I wonder what version of syslinux it installed
the pendrive makeboot.bat?

did you get the graphical menu in my syslinux folder or what?
Old 09-04-2009, 01:40 PM   #17
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Have a bootable USB pen drive that works for both my machines

I put the DSL live CD in my 3 year old machine and booted off of it.

First mistake, you can't create a bootable pen drive if you boot with "dsl toram" as a cheat code.

I clicked on the DSL button at the bottom right of the screen and chose

Apps->Tools->USB-HDD Install

There were several error messages which flew off the top of the screen, then the final message was that the operation had completed successfully.

I later learned that the FAT32 partition was not formatted and, looking at the FAT32 partition with cfdisk, I saw an "NC" flag. I have no idea what that's about. I used gparted under wubi Ubuntu to format and label the FAT32 partition and to label the ext2 partition.

The partition table I ended up with on my 8GB pen drive is, in brief:

sda1/sdb1 FAT32 Primary 7.12GB
sda2/sdb2 ext2 Primary 382.9MB Bootable

Not what I wanted size-wise, but I'm really sick of this process. Being an ignorant newbie, I find it more sensible to have my Linux root partition be an ext2 type.

I've got the pen drive set up to backup/restore to/from sda1, my data partition.

Booting from the USB pen drive on my 10 year old machine aided by the boot floppy requires that I absolutely must use fb800x600 dsl fromusb at the "boot:" prompt. Maybe there's something on the floppy I can edit; I'll look into it another day.

I got an email early this week stating that my copy of The Official Damn Small Linux Handbook had shipped from the States. When I get it a couple of weeks from now, I'll use it to hopefully resolve some DSL issues that don't belong in this post.

unetbootin was a dismal failure. I had the current DSL ISO image on my newer machine's HD, and tried several different things with unetbootin to install DSL onto my reformatted pen drive. When I tried to boot off of the pen drive, I always got two lines that said something like:

Remove disks or other media
Hit any key to boot (maybe Hit any key to continue)

No matter what I did , I always ended up in my Window$ boot menu. Too typical of my venture into Linux.

Well, special thanks to Linus72 who invested a lot of time trying to help me. I just couldn't make things work his way, with the system image in the FAT32 partition.

Anyway, I'm real sick of all of this and will move on to other things.
Old 09-04-2009, 03:57 PM   #18
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your pretty persistent and I don't think you should bklame Linux for this

You must remmeber that it's Free, and so much better than Windows in so many ways

But, it is a learning process, no doubt

These things you shopuld remember

1) Linux is about 85% at least editing config files
doesn't boot?
boots wreong?
Probably a config file somewhere

2) Most things/apps in Linux are activated or invoked thru scripts or text files
which are editable

Yes, with many older lappys you will need to use the Framebuffer bootcodes
vga=788, etc

It seems to me what your doing is creating the partitions but forgetting to format them, or your making the wrong kind of partitions
thats cool, as we learn by doing

You didn't really expect that learning the various workings of Linux would happen in a week?

You'll get it dude

I was gonna suggest some newer Distrio's
You do know DSL is basically a dead project?

Its still a good tool, but really not for someone unfamiliar with DSL
its not Ubuntu, in other words

and I'm still here with tyou bro

Unetbootin is Trash dude
it uses an old syslinux, which won't work with any kind of graphical menu

I can hook you up with some more user-friendly type too dude?
I got all kinds of stuff at my site that ain't listed
Special Projects!

OR, you can get my KNOPPIX-Omega usb dude
it's got

DSL-N-rc2 or somethin
and more
all knoppix's

you want it?

Youd like ThorsHammer, why don't you try it?


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