[Linux-ham] Linux on a Flash Drive

donroden at hiwaay.net donroden at hiwaay.net
Mon Jul 16 00:10:32 EDT 2007

I have an 8Gb thumb drive, so I tried loading Ubuntu ( full version )
and it works as a "first boot" on some older computers, but two of my DELLS 
just try to access the USB and then report "No Operating System". 

I'm sure it's a Dell problem, cause I can set up the boot sequence on an older 
no-name brand, and it comes up just fine.

Really aggrivating that the Dell can't see the Ubuntu.


Quoting Norman Young <normany27597 at bellsouth.net>:

> Hey, Rob and Don!
> Just so happens I spent all of yesterday afternoon setting up Knoppix on
> a 1 gig flash drive and DSL on a 128 Mb flash.  I tried to do both as
> bootable drives per instructions I found online, but I could not get
> them to boot.  I finally settled for copying the ISOs to each drive and
> using the "bootfrom" cheatcodes for each.  Not sure what I was doing
> wrong.   I still have to begin the boot from a CD, but as soon as it
> finds the ISO on the flash, I can remove the CD.  
> I also set up DSL to run within Windows using QEMU,and that worksa
> little slow, but otherwise well.  If I could just get up the nerve to
> partition a portion of my HD for storage, I'd be in business...
> However,I have an older computer that is a really good candidate for an
> attempt at a DSL install, but it doesn't have a network card.  What kind
> of problems would I have downloading some of the MyDSL or Debian
> packages onto a CD in Windows and then uploading it onto the offline DSL
> machine?  
> Oh, and the net sounds like a great idea!
> 73,
> Norman
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> Message: 3
> Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 09:05:33 -0400
> From: Rob Rousseau <ki4bke at nc.rr.com>
> Subject: Re: [Linux-ham] Questions !!
> To: Amateur Radio meets Linux <linux-ham at trilug.org>,
> donroden at hiwaay.net
> Message-ID: <46543C1D.2020104 at nc.rr.com>
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> You can try running RUNT on it. It is a homebrewed linux distro created
> right here in Raleigh.
> http://runt.mybox.org/
> It works very well.
> -Rob, KI4BKE
> donroden at hiwaay.net wrote:
> > Hello All,
> >
> > I just bought a USB Flash Drive and would like to use it as the drive
> where I
> > store the Linux OS and all the ham progrms that use linux. I think
> this way,
> > if I have the drive plugged into the USB, the bootup will be linux,
> and if I
> > don't plug it in , I will get a normal boot. What flavor linux does
> everyone
> > prefer? I'm starting from scratch, and would like to "get it right".
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Don WA4NPL
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