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How to boot Quirky 6 with PLOP CD
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don570


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Location: Ontario

PostPosted: Mon 09 Dec 2013, 15:19    Post_subject:  How to boot Quirky 6 with PLOP CD  

Quirky 6 is the new creation of Barry Kauler that is specially
designed for cheap USB flash disks. It uses a special disk
format by Samsung designed for high speed using a lookup table.

Perhaps your USB port doesn't support booting but you still want
to use Quirky6. Here is how to do it using a PLOP CD...

How to burns a Plop CD: Instructions

Download the current boot manager plpbt-5.0.14.zip. Extract it to get the iso file.
You will find the iso file in the install directory. The name of the file is plpbtin.iso


Windows:

You can use a full version Nero, or the free program CDBurnerXP, or
any other program that can burn ISO images as bootable. Some trial
versions will burn the ISO but it won't be bootable.

Use the option like burn ISO on CD or burn ISO Image.
Then choose the boot manager ISO and burn it.

Linux: Several programs are popular like pburn.

Note: you should burn to a CD rather than a DVD because many older
computers don't recognize DVDs.
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Boot up your computer with the CD of Plop Linux. Tapping on a
function key may be necessary to show a list of bootable devices.
Choose CD as the device to boot from.

You will get a first screen like this. Choose 'Plop Boot Manager'.
Don't choose 'Plop Linux' since that will take you to a console!!



You will now see the boot manager screen(see image)
Choose 'USB'.



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Install Quirky 6 linux on USB device

The instructions are located at the download forum,
but here they are repeated.

First step is to download the quirky 6 files.
This is a faster site --> http://ftp.nluug.nl/ftp/pub/os/Linux/distr/quirky/quirky6/x86/quirky-5.99/
You can now prepare a USB device thumb drive on a friend's computer
if you're afraid of modifying your windows computer.
You MUST find a computer that is currently running linux.

You must have a spare 8gb (or more ) USB flash drive.

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Download and install

Quirky 5.99 is deployed as a compressed image for an 8GB Flash drive.
To install, just download and write it to the Flash drive. Here are the steps
(you must be running Linux or Unix):
Download four files: gdisk.gz, quirky6-5.99-8gb.img.xz, sha1sums.txt,
write-quirky-image-to-drive.gz
Verify download. Open a terminal window where you have downloaded
the files, and execute this:
# sha1sum *
...check against contents of sha1sums.txt
Expand these two files only:
# gunzip gdisk.gz
# gunzip write-quirky-image-to-drive.gz
# chmod 755 gdisk
# chmod 755 write-quirky-image-to-drive
...don't forget that "chmod" step!
Run script to install. Plug in a spare 8GB (or greater) Flash drive (so far I
have only tested a USB stick, but I expect other types such as SD-card to
work):
# ./write-quirky-image-to-drive
...this script will ask questions, then write the image to the drive.
When a number is asked to be entered, this is the number at beginning.


Now that the USB device is prepared you can use the Plop CD on a
Windows computer even if USB drive port is non-bootable.
I will now have a choice of where to find an operating system.
For instance I can now boot to Windows or to Quirky 6.

In theory a computer without a hard drive can be used.
Some people have reported this in the Murga forum.

Once you have an operating system booted you can then remove
the PLOP CD however the USB drive is needed since it acts as
a full-install hard drive.

Barry Kauler recommends that the unallocated space on your USB
stick be reformated as FAT32 so that data can be exchanged with
Windows, however I wasn't able to boot up the computer with
the modified quirky 6 USB stick, so I recommend against this.





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Sage

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PostPosted: Tue 10 Dec 2013, 04:50    Post_subject:  

Nice work, don! We owe you a considerable debt of gratitude. Daily, I wade through my forest of old hardware in perfect working order that have no ability to boot USB. Not sure what BK is thinking on this score because tablets are about to make laptops obsolete and worthless (if they haven't already broken or died!). That only leaves bricks-under-the-desk, tablets and smart phones that one needs to be concerned with, so not sure where the interest in USB-booting comes from?!
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Ted Dog


Joined: 13 Sep 2005
Posts: 2469
Location: Heart of Texas

PostPosted: Tue 10 Dec 2013, 10:30    Post_subject:  

sage also looks as if plop on floppy would allow booting into CDs for that set of BIOS problems that made liveCDs a trouble spot. Im looking at plop as a way to upgrade kernels on an existing multisession dvds for a project for a way of making a rolling release puppy ( WITH rollback, and Archival built in automagic like via multisession )
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Sage

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PostPosted: Tue 10 Dec 2013, 12:21    Post_subject:  

Well, Ted, at that rate I can see Bk's latest innovation running on one of my 486s, or, at least, a K6-II !
Where's the RPi, though?
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PostPosted: Tue 10 Dec 2013, 13:25    Post_subject:  

do not hold your breath sage. I have a feeling we lost old hardware support during the move from the deserted Outback to a major metropolitan with its stores and flashy new technology. .. Im still waiting on his new iPhone S blog entry... that would be the final sign he is not coming back from the lure of NEW and COOL. Evil or Very Mad


to be fair Im posting this on a newly release samsung smart phone that you got to hold with both hands to use.... Laughing
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Sage

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PostPosted: Thu 12 Dec 2013, 15:26    Post_subject:  

Well, managed to prepare both a CD and FD with PLOP just using ImageWriter from Mint. Expanded the write file and .img file into a directory, so why can I not just use ImageWriter again to sendthis to a USB or another CD? Can the USB, SD or CD be prepared more easily using a standard Linux utility eg cfdisk? Which parameters?
Should be able to fit next 15 versions onto an LS120!
Dept. of Stupid Questions.
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don570


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Location: Ontario

PostPosted: Sat 28 Dec 2013, 14:28    Post_subject:  

TIP:

If you're having problems it may be that there is two USB storage devices attached
and Plop is confused. I un-plug one device and leave the stick with
Puppy plugged in while booting.

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