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Gonna get this sucker booting off USB drive the hard way.
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Mr Doolie

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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jul 2005, 01:14    Post_subject:  Gonna get this sucker booting off USB drive the hard way.  

Greets,

Do or die I'm going to get Puppy booting off my external USB drive.
Here's what I *think* I can do. Please remember I'm a Linux Noobie and Dummy(TM).

1) Format the drive as FAT32.
2) Copy all the puppy files from the CD.
3) Run a magic bootmaker thingie that makes the drive boot up like the CD would have. IE: I end up with a Live Puppy HDD (or a Live Puppy Thumbdrive even).

How do I do step 3?
Can this be done on a USB thumbdrive too? Make the thing bootable without needing a floppy to transfer control to the external device?
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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jul 2005, 01:22    Post_subject:  

what you want for 3) is called syslinux
look at the instructions forthe thumb drive, it should work the same as a usb drive.

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Mr Doolie

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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jul 2005, 22:28    Post_subject: Woes woes  

Been there. Done that.

When I boot it the BIOS screen says "LI" on the bottom
and locks up.
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jul 2005, 00:49    Post_subject:  

did you try the built in wizard? worked for me except that the version of syslinux it used was too old. There are also reports of people having success by going to an older version of syslinux
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jul 2005, 20:43    Post_subject: Used Wizard  

Yes, the wizard was the first thing I tried. It reports the external as "SDC" and also says it's unmountable.
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PostPosted: Sun 03 Jul 2005, 18:22    Post_subject:  

If I remember correctly, syslinux needs a fat16 filesystem, not fat32.

From the Syslinux page;

Quote:
SYSLINUX can boot from a FAT12 or FAT16 filesystem partition on a hard disk (FAT32, introduced in Windows 95 OSR-2, is not supported, however.)


can i use syslinux on a hard drive.

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PostPosted: Sun 03 Jul 2005, 20:37    Post_subject:  

Did you set the boot flag?
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Mr Doolie

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Jul 2005, 12:34    Post_subject: Answers  

Danlef:

Will Fat16 work on a 4Gig drive? I thought the limit on F16 was 2Gigs,
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nameless foo:

"set the boot flag"......what's that in English <grin>? Linux Noobie here.
I'd have to say no since I don't know what that is.

Let's try it this way please. The puppy wizard sees the drive as sdc but won't mount it. Guess I'll have to do this with Microcrap fdisk. I fdisk the drive and format it. Copy the pup files to it. Run syslinux on it. It starts to boot, says "LI" and locks up.

What step(s) did I miss?

Thanks
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Flash
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PostPosted: Mon 04 Jul 2005, 12:54    Post_subject:  

When you formatted the (external, USB Hard Drive?) with fdisk, from the Windows CD, did you choose FAT16 or FAT32?
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PostPosted: Mon 04 Jul 2005, 15:38    Post_subject:  

If at boot it says ' LI ' and then stops that may indicate that you have LILO installed as your bootloader and it is not functioning correctly.

Is this left over from a previous install of Linux.
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PostPosted: Mon 04 Jul 2005, 20:33    Post_subject:  

FYI, on my main machine which has a DFI NF2 Ultra motherboard, I can't boot from flash even though it boots fine in other computers. All I get is a "no operating system found".

I agree with the previous poster though getting stuck at "LI" would seem to point to LILO

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