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Installing Puppy Linux on a thin client
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Eddos

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PostPosted: Wed 18 Aug 2010, 05:02    Post subject:  Installing Puppy Linux on a thin client  

Hello,

Recently i came across a few Igel thin clients (not from that link, its just for background info about the system).

My version is identical to the one above, only i have 64M of ram and a (recently purchased) 2GB CF card.

I am trying to convert these thin clients to a stand-alone solution; they could be ideal as print server or simple file server.
The problem with these systems is that i can only boot from the built-in CF card OR through PXE (not my preference)

My idea is to create several partitions on the bootable CF card.

I could then boot from one partition with the puppy .iso and install puppy on a different partition.

Any thoughts/ideas if this might work, and if not, what i could do to make it work?

Thanks in advance for your replies.
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PostPosted: Wed 18 Aug 2010, 10:29    Post subject: flash install  

You can boot a normal PC with the Puppy ISO then install Puppy to compact flash (using an adapter, assuming that you can take it out of the client).
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Eddos

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PostPosted: Wed 18 Aug 2010, 14:56    Post subject:  

Tried to make the cf card bootable to run a live cd; Puppy hangs on ' loading kernel modules'.
I figured the client was just slow, but after 50 minutes i gave up.

So you say that it's no problem to install puppy on the cf card from another pc? i'll try to check if that works Smile
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PostPosted: Tue 24 Aug 2010, 14:14    Post subject: Setting up a Flash memory device to use as an IDE boot drive
Subject description: Instructions are posted elsewhere for using SD in IDE adapter
 

I had previously posted about using a SD card in an adapter that plugs into the connector for an IDE hard drive.

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=51469

The card is formatted ext2 and flagged "bootable" using Gparted, then the essential Puppy Linux files are copied to it. Grub is installed and the menu.lst file is edited to make Grub look in the correct place for these files.

Does this help with your thin client machine?
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Eddos

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PostPosted: Sat 04 Sep 2010, 16:57    Post subject:  

I've tried installing puppy by inserting the cf card in another machine, but that didn't work either.

My latest discovery is that i can boot from USB as well, my next try is creating a bootable puppy stick Smile
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Eddos

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PostPosted: Sat 11 Sep 2010, 04:41    Post subject:  

I can boot Puppy from USB now, and it's pretty fast on the Igel.
Now i am trying to run Sabnzbd+, i've installed python but that's about as far as i can get.
Anyone with more experience that can help out?
I tried the search function, but it did not give me any usable results.

[edit]

Trying the Puppy package manager now with custom repo's, will check in again if i have questions Smile
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PostPosted: Sat 11 Sep 2010, 06:25    Post subject:  

If you have new questions you should post them in new threads
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PostPosted: Sat 11 Sep 2010, 09:47    Post subject:  

Once you have got the cf card bootable with Grub4Dos it is just a question of copying the files from the CD (for a fugal install) and creating a menu.lst
I have several set up.

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PostPosted: Sat 11 Sep 2010, 10:56    Post subject:  

I dont know what is going on but here goes.
many of us boot our EeePcs from SDcard.
Thin clients are the specialty of forum member amigo. Lobster also has knowledge. Perhaps message them.
If Via is a breed of Arm then puppy in its present form is of no use to you. Once again amigo is your man as he is doing a port to Arm. Still very interested to know how you get on.

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