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Yesterday I made a fdisk boot floppy and I booted into MS-DOS and typed fdisk.exe wich wiped out my whole hard drive so I could put Damn Small Linux (DSL) on my hard drive. Then I got a boot floppy off the web for DSL. After that I put the files from the DSL.ISO onto my USB flash drive. After that it booted perfectly fine into DSL. But now the question is how do I mount DSL to my hard drive. But I have NO CD_ROM DRIVE in my laptop.
As indicated by dunkert you need to mount the USB flash drive. Depending upon how you wrote the ISO image to the flash drive you may need to use the command given by dunkert or try something like "mount -t iso9660 /dev/<device> /mnt". The USB system typically uses the SCSI devices - i.e. /dev/sda1, /dev/sdb1, etc. based upon the DSL website they are using a 2.4 kernel which is what I typically use.
Insure that the install software is starting the USB subsystem. If the system is not starting the USB subsystem you will not be able to get to the USB flash drive. This could be a script specific to the USB subsystem or other "hot pluggable" devices (i.e. cardbus, pcmcia, etc.).
Also, check the BIOS and determine if you laptop can boot from UDB devices. If may be as simple as making the USB environment the first or second boot device.
If you want to be reboot from the USB drive you may also need to "re-write" the ISO image with "dd if=iso-file-name of=/dev/device". This would, I believe, create a bootable image of the ISO on the USB drive. Again, this is dependent upon access to the USB subsystem and having the tools available.
You have a 20 GB HD with a 20 GB Primaary partition on it. Do you also have Windows, or some other OS installed on that partition. If so, you will need to shrink that 20 GB partition to make room for the Linux install... Or better yet, buy or scavenge another HD from somewhere. Then you will need to make new partitions [either on the new HD or within the free space on the old HD] You will at least want one Linux Swap for your swap space (type 82 when you use cfdisk) and one Linux ext type partition for your root directory "/"(type 83)
Last edited by truthfatal; 09-04-2006 at 11:10 AM.
1. I boot up my laptop
2. I get to the rock linux startup screen.
3. I type ROCK <ENTER>
4. It goes throught some code
5. I am at the first stage boot system
6. I type 0 to load to the 2nd boot screan
7. I type 0 to load CD
8. I type 1 to load the "2nd_stage" image file
9. I typed enter at terminal devices list
10. Then I typed stone
11. Then I pressed enter to install the system
12. After that I pressed enter to install gasgui package manager
13. Then I press enter to do a full install
14. Then I press enter to install "/old_root" package
15. Then I press the down button and then press enter
It installes up to the sixth package. But on the "DISK #1: Installing apache-2.0.55-0" it comes up with a stupid error that says " While installing GEM file /mnt/source/TRUNK-X86-pentuim-mmx-32-crystal/pkgs/apache-2.0.55-0.gem (var/opt/apache/lib/manual/sections.html.es): No space left on device. Error while installing package apache!
Skip or Retry (default=Retry)
I tryed to Retry and Skip but they don't work
Thanks a lot,
Last edited by kevinbowers; 09-04-2006 at 04:23 PM.
I couldn't be bothered to sort that mess of your out manually, and have
merged the three threads in Newbie (all with sensible responses) into one
thread. For future reference: abide by our rules, and stick with one thread
per topic in one forum. There's still a dupe in Distributions -> Rock
We seem to have switch from DSL to ROCK as well as USB to CD.
Based upon the website for ROCK unless you are trying to install CRYSTAL ROCK a small disk is never going to work. The ROCK websites refer to ROCK as a "Distribution Build Kit" and refer to days for compiling and building in some cases based upon hardware. I suspect you are trying to build the packages from source code. A distribution is normally going to use a lot of space for source packages. And since you indicate from the message output the disk filled I suspect you are trying to use the standard ROCK source based package. Try the Crystal ROCK package and not their full source building package.
I would also divide your disk into at least two partitions. A root (/) and a swap parition. I generally use at least 3 - root (/), swap and home (/home). Most root (/) partitions should need no more than 4 to 5 gigabytes, swap should be set to 2x the amount of memory in the system. Larger won't hurt. The rest for a home partition (/home) if you use a 3 parition layout.
This is a sample from a 40GB disk drive (fdisk /dev/hda) on IDE 0 (master).
Disk /dev/hda: 41.1 GB, 41174138880 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 5005 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 729 5855661 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 730 851 979965 82 Linux swap
/dev/hda3 852 5005 33367005 83 Linux