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Old 09-19-2006, 07:26 PM   #1
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Arrow USB boots but Puppy becomes Attached Scsi rem. dsk SDA and stops

I have been stuck on this for sometime now and thought the new Live Puppy CD 2.10 would solve it, but no can do.

The system boots off the USB device and loads linux. It seems to work great and even copies pup_202.sfs to Ramdisk. Then while text scrolls to fast to read(is there a log file of this somewhere?) it stops at;

SCSI device sda: 1984000 512-byte hdwr sectors (1016 Mb)
sda: Write protect is off
sda: assuming drive cache: write through
sda: sda1
sd: 0:0:0:0: Attached scsi removable disk sda

can hit enter and it brings me to the : prompt in a directory with;
pup_ro2 ~ pup_ro5

etc... . . . .

Any suggestions?

I would like to have the SD drive boot up into Puppy and for older systems that can not boot usb (I have a force USB floppy image on the SD, so I can create a floppy on fly for those systems.

Old 10-08-2006, 09:08 AM   #2
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hi wilsonb,

I am a newbie at linux and also had problems with puppy 2.10 and USB. It took me quite a few hours and lots of reading of the forums to get it working.

side note: just today someone warned me about the reliability of USB in general so I'm not sure I will continue using it as my boot option of choice.

In any case, I got the USB boot working by following the directions jesse gave to losl on the following link:


Hi losl,

Well I think I did it, it would be cool if you could try it out and see if it works for you.

Download "for_initrd.tar.gz" from this thread
into your /root directory then run these commands in a terminal window:

cd ~
tar zxvf for_initrd.tar.gz
cd /mnt/sdc1
gunzip initrd.gz
mkdir temp
mount initrd temp -o loop
cp /root/init temp/sbin/init
cp /root/elspci temp/bin/elspci
umount temp
rmdir temp
gzip initrd

If you modified your syslinux.cfg file, you can put it back to the standard:
default vmlinuz root=/dev/ram0 initrd=initrd.gz PMEDIA=usbflash
or get some extra info and see your sata drives being ignored
default vmlinuz root=/dev/ram0 initrd=initrd.gz PMEDIA=usbflash pfix=sd

and hopefuly enjoy booting Puppy 2.02 from usbflash


If your problem was the same as mine the reason it would not boot is because the init script got confused while trying to detect the USB (sda) and the SATA drivers (also labled sda)

The way to fix it for me was to boot off of the live CD and make the changes specified above.

Hope this helps,


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