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Old 09-19-2007, 08:30 AM   #1
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bootable and emulated slax?

Hey guys, i'm pretty new to Linux and decided to put Slax killbill edition on my jumpdrive. it works great and flawlessly.
(if your interested in learning how to do it, pendrivelinux has a process that works perfect.)

however, my computer is bootable from a USB, what if i switch to a workstation that is not and still want to use my SLAX? this got me thinking about DSL and the QEMU that comes with it and allows you to emulate DSL while you're inside Windows. I was wondering if i could do the same for SLAX.

I've found ways to do it but it's described in terms of only making SLAX an emulation. I want to be able to boot from the USB on a comp that allows USB booting and to emulate on comps that don't allow USB booting. Any ideas?

and if this is in the wrong place or there are other threads like this out then i'm sorry, please move or delete.
Old 09-19-2007, 10:55 AM   #2
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Found this buried on the download page for slax...
SLAX Boot CD is used to boot SLAX from USB devices on computers which can't boot from USB directly. It can be also used to boot SLAX from ISO file on disk.

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Old 09-19-2007, 11:00 AM   #3
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yeah but i don't want to carry around a CD just in case i'm going to use my SLAX on a workstation that can't boot from USB. i just want to carry the USB.
Old 09-20-2007, 01:58 PM   #4
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Ok, well since no one has helped i went out and solved the problem myself.
I made my own virtual machine that i'm running on VMware Player. Here's how i did it (first you have to have slax on a bootable usb, see first post on how to do that. These instructions work for XP machines, no idea about any others):

1. get a template (.vmx) file and an empty vmware player image (.vmdk) from Forever For Now
2. downloaded the slax boot image (.iso)
3. download VMWare Player

4. Download all of those, install VMware Player. Place the .vmx, .vmdk, and the .iso all in the same folder name it whatever you want (named mine virtual slax) the .vmx in a text editor and edit the ide1:0.fileName so it reads ide1:0.fileName = "slax-boot-5.1.8.iso"

6. edit the usb.present = "FALSE" to "TRUE" and sound.present = "FALSE" to "TRUE" if you want sound in the virtual machine. Save the file and close it out.

7. Plug in your bootable USB, double click on the .vmx, SLAX boot disk should start. Make sure you click on the top window of the VMWare player to enable the persistent USB. If the SLAX boot hangs when it starts checking for USB devices then there's something wrong with the bootable USB

8. SLAX should boot up, log in, startx (if you like), and enjoy.

if you have problems doing this reply here and i'll try to help you along. Happy Hacking!


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