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Booting with a Tracphone
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vektor_alian

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PostPosted: Mon 26 Feb 2018, 20:08    Post subject:  Booting with a Tracphone
Subject description: Using phone as a usb adapter
 

Vic here ...

I tried to use a cheap tracphone with a microsd card to boot Puppy on my computer. Not surprised it did not work. Has anyone here tried this?

Vic
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dancytron

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PostPosted: Mon 26 Feb 2018, 20:15    Post subject:  

How did you install the bootloader to the SD card?
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vektor_alian

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PostPosted: Mon 26 Feb 2018, 20:29    Post subject:  

That was quick...

I ran Puppy 5.2.6 Razor w/ kde and did the universal installer.

The Tracphone had formatted the 2GB microsd card to fat16 so I tried that first. No joy.

Then I removed the card and formatted to fat32 from Puppy with GParted. Ran universal installer then reinserted into phone. No joy.

Read an Ubuntu thread about phones not being able to "pretend" to be a usb controller.

Thanks for the reply.

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PostPosted: Fri 09 Mar 2018, 22:40    Post subject:  eeePC vs. uSDHC/Adapter Success!  

not surprised here either.

The phone has to have at bare minimum U-disk capability, that is a no-no in a "smart"phone. Both the phone and the pup have boot flags on. OS Competition is not allowed. But that chip outside the phone IS capable of running puppy with SDHC adapter. But it is a bit slower than a USB2.0 stubby... and older chips even slower.

Timing on this thread is a wow here... just tried this with BINFUL 8Gb uSDHC-c10 in its own adapter. eeePC 900a booted right up but was just a bit slow at 64 seconds. PupSysInfo yielded 16Mb/sec read.

Repeat with SanDisk Cruzer Fit 8Gb USB2.0 stubby (day-to-day choice). Boot time 54 seconds and read spead of 21Mb/sec.

BTW: this is the first time in over 5 years I've gotten a uSDHC/adapter to work in an eeePC. So I must point out the brand with adapter. SDHC full-size cards are hit/miss above 4Gb though some have said Transcend works upto 16Gb.

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