[CALUG] Loading DSL onto Compact Flash.
brownclan at gmail.com
Fri Aug 18 10:35:44 CDT 2006
On 8/17/06, Jason Dixon <jason at dixongroup.net> wrote:
> On Aug 17, 2006, at 2:27 PM, Peter Alexander wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I have been trying to configure a system that uses an SBC with an
> > on-board CompactFlash card reader. I have been able to load
> > Damn Small Linux (DSL) onto it but have not been able to get it to
> > boot.
> > Right now I've been using the Live-CD, to make
> > configuration changes, but ultimately I would like to use a boot
> > floppy
> > and USB ThumbDrive to load linux onto the CF.
> > I was able to find instructions on how to load Slackware onto a CF,
> > but
> > it has not been very useful since I'm trying to use DSL.
> You mean Linux won't just see the CF as an IDE drive? I can fit an
> entire OpenBSD installation in <180MB of space. I just install from
> the CDROM and it sees the CF just like any other drive. If I want to
> avoid writes to CF (not really necessary these days), I just mount a
> MFS partition.
We tried this at a former job (installing linux onto a cf card which was in
an ide-cf adapter) and it nuked the cf card because of all the reads and
I did get a pared down knoppix to load onto cf but I had to alter some files
in the minitroot.gz so that it had appropriate drivers (that may only have
been for the usb drive though) and so that it thought of the cf as the cdrom
drive. I'll see if I can find the link that I worked from. This was also
all done with knoppix 3.4 (when it used syslinux instead of isolinux).
I couldn't find the link (my data is three years old now though). I believe
DSL is/was based off knoppix to begin with.
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