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Old 01-30-2008, 10:43 PM   #1
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Pendrive Linux Perils

OK, I expect--I hope--a question just like this has been asked and answered a dozen times already, but here goes:

Put bluntly what I have is a Compaq Evo N610c laptop with 512 MB RAM and a 80GB HDD that's seen better days so I'd REALLY not want to install Linux on it.
I have USB ports on my PC but I can't boot from USB--BIOS doesn't allow it. I can boot from HD or DVD/CD-RW and that's it.

I downloaded the Qemu-enablied version of Pendrive linux from After installing the distro onto a 1 GB Sandisk and Kqemu on my XP PC I could only get the Failsafe version to work. Booting to Live or Persistent modes I keep getting hangups and messages like "hda: interrupt lost," "hdc: interrupt lost." and never so much as a shell.

Aside from the usual MS services, here's what I usually run on my Windows XP PC:
Windows Defender
Comodo BOClean
HDDLife (warns me when the HDD overheats!)
Compaq EAB Server
LTS WinModem driver
Adobe Reader Speed Launcher
Windows Media Player Service (WMPNSCFG.exe)
various drivers for display, touchpad, Lid Switch Policy. etc.

Has anyone else tried Pendrive linux, and does anyone have any useful tips?


I have an old 5.25" 10GB IDE monster that used to be the HD on my old PC--still worked great last time I used it. My dream is to figure out a way to stick Ubuntu or something really useful on it and hook it up through USB, booting with CD. That way I'd have a fully functional Linux system without using my main HD (though I would like to access documents, etc. on it). Has anybody ever made this work, either?
Does anyplace sell USB enclosures for old 5.25" HDDs?

Sorry about dumping on you, but thanks.

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Old 01-31-2008, 05:08 AM   #2
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since you can boot from optical drive there are more than 50 live cds you can choose from...far more than usb.

here are some and more

2) but I notice you may have some reservations, fair enough so are using a windows emulator, smart move but you need more ram to run 2 os at once...and IMHO xp struggles with 512 Megs without running an emulator.

3) I am unable to offer advice on external usb ide hard drive? wt? are you sure its usb or is it ide = wide ribbon aka atapi standard?


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