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Special Interest => Open Source Tech Gulch => Topic started by: Jguy101 on July 22, 2006, 12:00:21 pm

Title: Puppy Linux help
Post by: Jguy101 on July 22, 2006, 12:00:21 pm
Okay, so I downloaded Puppy, burnt it to a disk, and booted it on my PC. I plugged in my flash drive, reformatted it (with the Puppy installer), and tried to install Puppy to it.

Well, it won't boot, even from QEMU.

Any idea what I might have to do to get it to work?
Title: Re: Puppy Linux help
Post by: Bill St. Clair on July 22, 2006, 12:43:03 pm
If you reformatted the Flash drive as ext2 or ext3, that may be your problem. The BIOS will often only recognize FAT32 file systems on USB flash drive volumes. Reformat the Flash drive as a single FAT32 partition, and do the install again. Puppy coexists nicely with Windows files in such an environment. At least it works for me, on my machine that can boot at all from USB.

I'm at work using my USB puppy machine in Windows right now. If you have problems, ask again, and I'll be able to give better help at home with Puppy running. Or search and ask at the Puppy Forum (http://www.murga.org/%7Epuppy/), or the IRC channel, which comes up by default in Puppy's GAIM.
Title: Re: Puppy Linux help
Post by: Jguy101 on July 22, 2006, 01:55:42 pm
If you reformatted the Flash drive as ext2 or ext3, that may be your problem. The BIOS will often only recognize FAT32 file systems on USB flash drive volumes. Reformat the Flash drive as a single FAT32 partition, and do the install again. Puppy coexists nicely with Windows files in such an environment. At least it works for me, on my machine that can boot at all from USB.

I'm at work using my USB puppy machine in Windows right now. If you have problems, ask again, and I'll be able to give better help at home with Puppy running. Or search and ask at the Puppy Forum (http://www.murga.org/%7Epuppy/), or the IRC channel, which comes up by default in Puppy's GAIM.
Actually, I formatted it for VFAT.

Anyway, thanks for the link; I'll check it out in Windows, since I can't use the web in Puppy (when we first got DSL, my dad had an old computer with USB 1.1, so I hooked up my PC to the model via USB and he hooked it up via Ethernet. He has a new one now, so I should probably go out and see if I can find 16 feet of Ethernet).
Title: Re: Puppy Linux help
Post by: Bill St. Clair on July 22, 2006, 02:02:47 pm
Hmm... VFAT may be correct. Not sure. I didn't do any formatting of my USB key. Just used it as it was, as Windows liked it. Running Puppy in USB 1 is painfully slow. And my USB 1 machine refuses to boot from USB. USB 2 on my other machine works well, however.