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Old 12-28-2005, 09:11 PM   #1
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how to setup mandrake 10.1 to boot from usb stick?


After 4 years using mandrake (now using ver.10.1), which has been great, I'm moving onto debian sarge so I won't have to do a full reinstall with each upgrade (among other things). I would like to install debian by booting off a USB. My problem is that I cannot get my madrake OS machine to boot of the usb, despite having changed the boot loader boot device in the mandrake control center gui (having checked which device the usb was mounted to by looking at /etc/fstab).

My /etc/fstab is:

/dev/hda1 / ext3 defaults 1 1
/dev/hda6 /data ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom auto umask=0,user,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,noauto,ro,exec,users 0 0
none /mnt/floppy supermount dev=/dev/fd0,fs=ext2:vfat,--,umask=0,iocharset=iso8859-1,sync,codepage=850 0 0
/dev/sda1 /mnt/removable auto umask=0,user,iocharset=iso8859-1,sync,kudzu,codepage=850,exec,users 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hda5 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/sdb1 /mnt/removable2 auto umask=0,user,iocharset=iso8859-1,sync,kudzu,codepage=850,exec,users 0 0

The usb drive mounts OK:

[root@localhost etc]# mount /mnt/removable
[root@localhost etc]#
[root@localhost etc]# ls /mnt/removable
debian-31r0a-i386-businesscard.iso* f10.txt* f2.txt* f4.txt* f6.txt* f8.txt* initrd26.gz* initrd.list* linux* splash.rle* syslinux.txt*
disk.lbl* f1.txt* f3.txt* f5.txt* f7.txt* f9.txt* initrd.gz* ldlinux.sys* linux26* syslinux.cfg*
[root@localhost etc]#

However, when I use the gui to set the boot loader boot device in the mandrake control center to /dev/sda1 I get an error with no explanation that says the installation of the bootlaoder failed.

Can anyone tell me how to setup my machine to boot off the usb stick so I can install the new OS, please? (Yes, I know it would be easier off CDs or DVD, but just now I have the distribution on dvd and only a CD reader, so I thought I'd work around.)

Old 12-31-2005, 09:01 AM   #2
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You have asked 2 questions and I can only point you on the Mdk one.

check out the tut in my signature.....for putting grub files onto the usb after formatting to a style recognisable as either ext2 or fat32 then embedding grub into the usb mbr to point to the stage 2 file.

However I do not have a stick so have no idea how that will help with installing deb.


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