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Old 04-22-2008, 11:37 AM   #1
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Angry Puppylinux not as easy to use as reported

I've read many review about Puppy being easy to use and install. The live CD may be easy to boot but that's where it ends. I've been trying for about a week to get puppy to save itself or any sessions to any media and so far failed every time.
Boot floppy does not work, cannot save to hard drive or flash drive. I have yet to try running it as an icon on windows. This may be my last hope.
I'll keep trying because it does have promise once I can get it to behave like a normal distro; you know, stable and able to save your work. In the reviews they should say "Tricky to install, but once done, is great!"
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If you want something to use more than once, a live distribution was probably a bad choice.
Old 04-22-2008, 05:49 PM   #3
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Just wondering.
Are you trying to save your setting between boots using the live CD.

If so just let it create the save files when you reboot or shutdown.

Or are you wanting to install it on your hard drive and have it boot from there? If so are you wanting to dual boot with another OS? Which one?

In this case you'll have to have a partition already made and formated. Under the setup menu there is an install to hard drive option.

all pretty straight forward - that is until you get to installing GRUB. Then depending on your computer setup you have to use different options.

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Old 04-27-2008, 05:33 AM   #4
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I've tried a lot so far

Thanks louieb,
I have tried saving my work and settings to a flash drive. That hasn't worked on 2 PCs so far.After following instructions to save to the flash drive and hitting "ENTER" I get a message saying I've got to wait a while. Nothing happens after that. When I finally crash out after 20mins and check the pup_save file, it is corrupted and unusable. Ive tried to save it to a hard drive by partitioning the drive(hda1(primary partition), and hda2(extended partition). I installed GRUB and created a boot floppy neither of which worked.
The hard drive wouldn't boot. When it started, the word "GRUB" appeared on the screen and that's where it stopped. The boot floppy asked for the path to find the puppy files and after every combination imaginable I had to give up.The entries I tried were IDEHD/boot, IDEHD/boot/grub, IDEHD/boot/grub/menu.lst, IDEHD/hda, IDEHD/hda1 etc etc.
I've installed many Linux distros and this is the hardest. An old version of live Puppy booted off cd and went easily onto the net but Puppy 3.00 wouldn't connect at all.
I would really like to get past this difficulty because it looks like a good OS that could revive a lot of otherwise dead and old PC's that I know of. Any ideas gratefully received. Bye
Regards richag77


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