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Old 01-13-2009, 02:46 PM   #1
Tordne
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installing linux from SD card


hi

few days ago i bought the asus s101
but i got no cd drive
i downloaded suse enterprise linux 1 DVD big
and i'm trying to boot my laptop from the SD card reader.
I allready changed it in the bios, but i just need to make my SD card bootable.

has anybody an idea what to do...
i've done it with gentoo minimal install on a usb key, i had to copy everything on the usb and a little seperate program that made the usb key bootable.
so i allready have a live usb key.

now just a normal install of SLE for a SD card.

thx
 
Old 01-14-2009, 03:29 PM   #2
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Have you already tried using UNetbootin? I used it to put a version of Ubuntu onto a 1GB usb stick and was able to boot it on Asus Eeepc 901..

If you have trouble booting from the stick, try checking the BIOS settings one more time. I first changed the boot order as usual (internal disk before usb => usb before internal disk), but it still booted off the internal disk..the trick wasn't that, but another setting -- if I remember correctly, the usb key needed to be set as primary disk, something like that. And the stick needs to be plugged in before you power on; otherwise it might not be visible in BIOS.

Oh, and I wasn't able to run UNetbootin on the Eee 901; apparently the program required slightly newer libs of something than I had, so after the first try&fail I ran it on another (Ubuntu) laptop, where it worked great. So if it doesn't run fine on your s101, try it on something else..

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Old 01-14-2009, 03:29 PM   #3
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EDIT: seems like it decided to post it twice again..sorry about that (mods may remove this, if it's possible).

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Old 01-14-2009, 08:31 PM   #4
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unetbootin

I found it yesterday and tried it
it's a nice prog. but SLES didn't start at the startup
and i tried opensuse but it gave a problem just before installation.
Now i'm downloading ubuntu seeing if i works better

i've always worked with SLES and find it very good.
I've learned linux on it, sometimes it's difficult to change things by hand because of yast, they do a lot of things automatic, but other times i just comes very handy

let's see what ubuntu does.

problem with gentoo is, the minimal live cd is really minimal and i missed some apps like syslinux to make my sd bootable.

i hope after a decent install of ubuntu i can make it work and i'll tell you when i managed
 
Old 01-14-2009, 09:06 PM   #5
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eeebuntu

thanks for the tip of ubuntu.
I found eeebuntu and to avoid a lot of programming and messing problems this is the perfect solution.

thanks

http://eeebuntu.org/index.php?page=main

and like before just putting it on a usb with unetboot.

still i like the thought of using the sd card, because they are much bigger than a usb key (mine only 1gig).

also when i saw in the bios, before the flash reader stands usb,
so i think this flash reader is connected inside with a usb slot.
i'll search for a solution when i got more time
 
Old 01-15-2009, 05:34 AM   #6
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I forgot to mention Eeeubuntu, but good you found it nevertheless..as far as I understand it's just a slightly modified Ubuntu, mainly with a new interface and Eee-specific driver support, but good as it is. Though it appears to come with the "desktop effects" and all, which is odd if you consider the effect on battery life..

Did you try (I haven't, just thought about it now) if Unetbootin worked with your sd card? Though you can nowadays easily buy big usb sticks, but if you have a big sd card ready anyway, you could try using it instead. I don't think I've seen anywhere that it would be restricted to usb sticks only..

I've considered several different distributions for the Eeepc, but for now the Asus-provided one has been the best. Maybe when the software (which does not get too frequent updates, and certainly not new versions just because they're new) gets "very old" I will, but for now I see no reason to switch. Maybe if I did, it was just the Eeeubuntu, because it felt nice and claimed to have drivers for all of the Eee's hardware.
 
Old 01-15-2009, 06:12 PM   #7
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i've installed the eeebuntu standard.
with the thought that i could uninstall some applications.
during the install you don't have many choices, but when you start it for the first time you'll see that everythings works perfectly.

Ubuntu specially written for the eeepc's...

you only have to unlock the root user and give in a new password.

for this pc i'm not gonna try a different distro, but i'm gonna have to install some more applications like nmap and ...

For the moment didn't find any bugs on the S101 so from me it gets 5 stars for ease of installation ( by usb-key) and configuring of the pc (you don't have to do anything)
 
  


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