JRD wrote:A 64 bits version would probably be released when the current 32 bits rc1 version will become stable. I keep you informed when I know more about it.
Great, I will look forward to that....
I had done that before I asked the questions. I was a little concerend as to how much space I would need on the flash drive, and I wanted to make sure that the commands mentioned wouldn't attempt to install Grub2 on my hard drive - would mess things up too much at the moment to try to switch from using the Windows boot loader/grub legacy to using Grub2.
The USB key should be labeled with an msdos partition scheme (the standard one) and have at least one partition. The partition should be in either fat or extX, big enough to contains all files of the iso. The first partition should start at sector 1, and not 0. This is a regular configuration of the most USB keys out there.
The ISO use grub2 for booting, that can boot on fat or extX (maybe others, not tested).
Unfortunately, it's not easy to install grub2 on disk for now. And there is no way to do it under Windows for example.
I was going to create a new file system, but decided to go with the FAT32 file system already on the flash drive - didn't want to have to fiddle with changing the partition type to Linux and then using mke2fs on it. I would guess for a USB stick, ext2 would probably be a better option that ext3, so I might try that next time. The partition should be a standard DOS-style partition.
A solution is to install isolinux/syslinux with a special parameter, so when the first boot occur, grub2 is installed instead of isolinux/syslinux and the computer is rebooter to boot on grub2.
This what boot/boot-inst.sh or boot/boot-inst.bat do.
That seems to be the major problem area - bootinst.sh completes without problems, but the attempt to install Grub2 on first boot from the USB stick fails every time.
Because of the failure to install Grub2 to the USB stick, I only have a basic menu available, which does'nt allow me to select the correct (UK) keyboard, or make any other boot selections. All I can do is use TAB and set the correct framebuffer mode and remove the (failing) attempt to install Grug2. Any suggestions as to how I can get that install to work would be great.
The other way, is to install grub2 from your running Linux distro and if you have grub2 available on your distro, by running boot/install-on-USB from the copied files on the USB key.
I may have to try this option eventually, but I'm reluctant to fiddle with the existing boot loader. At the moment, I have Windows Vista (which I need for customer support, unfortunately), Zenwalk, Vector 6.0 light, Vector 6.0 standard and Salix 64 installed, and I can't afford to mess that lot up
Is this a bit more clear ?
Yes, thanks, that was a help.
Tell what you have and what you want, and I tell you how to do it.
The machine is a Lenovo T61 with 3GB of memory and a 250 GB hard drive. I'm using a 1 GB Verbatim USB drive, since it was the easiest one to clear and is big enough to handle the contents of the iso once it is opened.
P.S. Unetootbin is not working good with Salixlive, do not use it.
I've had trouble with it in the past, so I am quite happy not to go near it.
P.P.S. Shador was quicker than me :p
Always the way - there's bound to be someone faster around.
Could I sugges that you add some of the information you provided me with to the text file - things like the file system information and approximately how much space would be needed on a USB drive would certainly help other people who want to install to USB.