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Old 04-22-2009, 05:19 AM   #1
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setting up pendrive linux on an older laptop

I am wanting to set up a dell altitude cpi d300xt with linux off of a flash drive. The machine is very old and I do not know if it is posiable to set it up to boot off the flash.

The specs of the machine are as follows:
pentium 2 300 mhz processor
128 mb of ram
2 mb video

I realize that I will have to use either dsl or a flavor of puppy linux.

Any advise of how to do this would be greatly appreciated.
Old 04-22-2009, 05:25 AM   #2
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Booting from usb stick is possible if your BIOS supports it. Otherwise I doubt you can do that. And on to make usb bootable with your flavor of Linux, this is a good link
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You could go into your BIOS an see if the machine supports booting from the 'USB'. Another possibility would be to use a 'Hot Key', possibly 'F12' or 'F11' to select alternate boot device.

Some BIOS support a boot 'other' option within the boot setup.

Another option would be to use the 'sbootmgr' from a floppy device.

This link and others are available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
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Note that if it will not boot off USB-
You can use the DSL bootfloppy.img to boot the USB
Or you can use Plop bootmanager to do it too...
There's probably more...

You could use-
My "DVL" (Damn Virtual Linux) below
and probably others...

How much HD space do you have?


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