[CALUG] Loading DSL onto Compact Flash.
jason at dixongroup.net
Fri Aug 18 10:47:39 CDT 2006
On Aug 18, 2006, at 11:35 AM, Hugh Brown wrote:
> 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 writes.
> 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.
The write issue with CFs has long since been fixed. Nevertheless, it
continues to rage on as a myth.
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