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UpupBB64 Universal Installer issues
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rocas58xx

Joined: 06 Oct 2018
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Location: Italy

PostPosted: Sun 03 Nov 2019, 17:00    Post subject:  UpupBB64 Universal Installer issues
Subject description: Puppy-Installer can't find USB HDD
 

Hi, first time on this forum and hoping to find help to solve a bug in the UpupBB64 Puppy Installer. I was trying to install Bionic Pup 64bit to an old 40Gb IDE hard drive attached to a IDEtoUSB adapter with no success. The problem is that Puppy-Installer doesn't see the sdb1 hard drive connected to any of the usb ports of my desktop PC. When I select "Universal Installer" and "USB Hard Drive" the system returns the following message: "Nothing to choose. If a plugin device, did you plug it in?". Confused The weird thing is that i have the sdb1 icon on the desktop which i can mount ant view all folders and files in it. Gparted also can see the hdd as sdb1 and all functions are fully operational. I tried several hard drives before posting to be sure it was this version of Puppy distro with this bug. XenialPup64, TahrPup64 and SlackoPup64 and their Puppy Installers work. Thanks in advance.

Acer MC605 desktop PC - Intel i3 4Gb ram
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foxpup

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Nov 2019, 06:12    Post subject:  

@rocas58xx
Welcome to the kennels!

I cannot help with debugging the UpupBB64 Universal Installer.
I never use things like that.
I'd suggest to take full control and install manually.
That allows to install any Puppy version from any Puppy.
(I think the Universal Installer only installs the version you are running.)

1. Use gParted to partition and format your HD as you like.
I suggest:
(1) small 'boot partition', fat32, 'boot' flag, 100-200M
(2) partition to install Puppys, ext3 or ext4, a few GB
(3) others as you like

2. Install Puppys to (2)
(4) make a folder on (2) for each Puppy
open (click) the iso of that Puppy
copy (drag) vmlinuz, initrd.gz and all .sfs from iso to folder (4)

3. Use Grub4Dos bootloader config
left: choose the HD as the device to install bootup loader on MBR
right: options:
search on all devices
rewrite menu.lst
rewrite the existing boot record (=mbr)
OK

grldr and menu.lst will be on (1) because it is flagged.

4. reboot
you may have into your BIOS to set the boot order.

If you want to add another Puppy repeat 2-4 with 1 difference:
do not rewrite the existing boot record.
If you have already installed one or more Puppys (this way or with the Universal Intaller for example),
you can place another Puppy in its folder on the same partition as the installed Puppys ((2))
or on another partition ((3)).

Once you know this easy procedure it only takes 2 minutes.

I suppose you know what to do when presented to make a pupsave at first shutdown?
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PostPosted: Mon 04 Nov 2019, 15:50    Post subject:  

Tnx a lot foxpup. Indeed the easiest way to install multiple Puppy distros on one hard drive and test them all to find the best looking desktop. With the clear instructions even newbies can make it work without the builtin installer. Laughing As you said, in a couple of minutes I installed Bionic Beaver and made the first save. I'll now go further installing XenialPup and TahrPup. Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Tue 05 Nov 2019, 07:20    Post subject:  

You're welcome.

Since you find the instructions clear, I will copy them to HOWTO.
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