[sf-lug] Puppy Linux
jim at well.com
Fri Oct 12 07:07:42 PDT 2007
i'd be willing to take a stab at it.
On Oct 11, 2007, at 6:10 PM, Blake Haggerty wrote:
> Does anyone have experience with Puppy Linux?
> I have been trying to get Linux installed on a friends computer but it
> has been one headache after another (probably due to my lack of
> experience). Of course when I do an install on my own computer
> everything works great but when I work on someone elses, I botch the
> So my original choice of Linux install was xunbuntu, but that got
> thrown out because his DVD drive took a crap and now refuses to read
> anything or at least will only read a disk once every 30 trys and it
> only reads the disk for 5 min. or so until it decides to make awfull
> noies and stop.
> So I researched some other distributions that I could install with a
> USB pen drive. I found puppy Linux. His computers Bios does not offer
> the option to boot from the USB so I had to use a piece of software
> called Wakepup on a floppy disk that is essentially a version of
> freedos that searches USBports flash drives CDrom and harddrive for
> Puppy Linux and then boots it off that device.
> So after copying puppy Linux onto the pendrive and using wakepup to
> boot I can get Puppy up and running and get to the gui. My goal is to
> install it completely to the harddrive so that I do not need to use
> wakepup or the pendrive.
> So first thing I did was partition th 60gig hard drive like so
> Primary partition #1 Tagged as boot, formatted as Linux
> ext2 5gigs (This is where I installed puppy)
> #2 Formatted
> as Linux ext2 54.2gigs
> Formatted as Linux/Swap 800Megs (double the ram I'm
> So once I have everything partitioned and formatted I then run the
> puppy universal installer. Once i go through the steps I install Puppy
> onto partition #1. It then asks if I want to install Grub. I say yes
> and it goes through the steps of installing grub to the partition. It
> says grub has finished installing.
> Then I shutdown the computer and remove the pendrive and floppy of
> wakepup and start it back up. The computer goes through the typical
> Bios and mem checks etc. and then 1 of two things happens either A.It
> says "Operating System Not Found" OR B. It just goes to a blank screen
> with a cursor blinking in the top left corner. I have had both things
> happen after trying to reboot a few times.
> I have tried many different partitioning Schemeas and am about ready
> to pull my hair out. I figure it has something to do with the
> configuration of Grub but I really dont even know where to begin on
> how to fix that. I have done endless Google searches and still no
> help. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get puppy to boot
> straight off the hard drive?
> I am on the edge of just putting XP back on it and telling him sorry
> cant do it. But I have got him excited so I dont want to let him down.
> I am willing to meet up with someone if you would like to tinker with
> the Laptop.
> Blake Haggerty
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