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Old 05-12-2009, 10:02 PM   #1
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having trouble booting DSL with grub

So I've got DSL and I'm trying to boot it from my usb stick. I'm pretty experienced with grub, so I'm confused by whats happening. It's not even seeing the kernel and initrd files that I'm specifying. No error message, it just tells me that the file cannot be found, and then when I press any key it sends me back to the grub menu. I'm definitely specifying the directory properly, so it's a weird error.

Here's what I have:

on the usb stick:


inside of /kernels:



kernel   /kernels/DSLboot/linux24 ramdisk_size=100000 init=/etc/init lang=us apm=power-off vga=791 nomce noapic qemu quiet BOOT_IMAGE=knoppix frugal
initrd /kernels/DSLboot/minirt24.gz
I was a little confused about which DSL to download, I downloaded the file, and moved the kernel files to /kernels/DSLboot/ and left everything else in /DSL. I've also tried leaving everything in /DSL and booting from there but that didn't work either, same error. I have no idea what else to try, it's a pretty weird error. Can anyone tell me if I downloaded the wrong version or something, thats about all I can think of.

Fixed the entries in menu.lst

Last edited by v1nsai; 05-13-2009 at 11:53 AM.
Old 05-12-2009, 11:02 PM   #2
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I might be mistaken here, but...

In your /kernels folder, you have /DSLboot listed, but in your menu.lst code, you list /kernels/DSL/linux..... So, the file (directory) names don't match.
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I was in the process of moving things around when I decided to post, normally I call it DSLboot though, a mismatch isn't the case unfortunately
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sorry for bumping but this has to be an easy fix. I'm really not a complete nub here I set up grub to boot slax and backtrack, I just can't seem to get it right with DSL.

I find it very odd that I'm getting a file not found error too. I'm positive I have the directory set straight. DSL is booted a little differently but according to syslinux.cfg the kernel seems to be linux24 and the initrd seems to be minirt24, right?
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Dig, you have "show hidden files" enabled and make sure no backup files are corrupting anything? ( menu.lst~ )

Sometimes I've found the dsl kernel/initrd must be in the root of the USB.


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