[sf-lug] Puppy Linux

jim stockford 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  
> job.
> 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
>                          #3                                    
> Formatted as Linux/Swap               800Megs  (double the ram I'm  
> told) 
> 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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