if memory serves me I also ran into problems when trying to install to a 4gb usb drive. I ended up buying a hard drive. A usb drive is slow but a live usb drive is even slower because it has to extract and copy to ram, figure out hardware on the fly etc. I have yet to be impressed by solid-state speeds compared to a spinning 2.5" hdd.
Yeah, Layton is real close to where I live. Were you there for business, visiting family?
I almost bought a 3.5 inch 500gb drive for 120 or so but I'm glad that I didn't because I found power specs and 3.5 seems to suck SOOO much more power than 2.5, not to mention that 2.5 are supposedly more rugged for mobile use.
Since I have not been able to get ICE loaded onto the stick, I have installed a few different distros and currently have Puppy Linux installed. Sounds interesting since it runs totally from memory (file system and all). Does ICE do anything like this? You mention copy to ram so I think it may.
I was in Layton visiting a niece and nephew. I have a lot of family in Utah. My sister lives in Park City and she wants me to drive with her to Sacramento to my other sister's house for thanksgiving. So I may be coming to utah in a few days to do that and would be there before and/or after thanksgiving.
Heres the answer to your problem during partitioning phase, the Distro automounts the usb drive when it gets to the partitioning phase. You have to disable usb automounting, and how you do that, I have no clue, but if you find out let me know. Right now im trying to dd the install from a regular hdd onto my thumb drive. I tried disabling autofs, but instead it just mounts the partition twice, so whats on the cd for automounting I have no clue.
hmmm, try doing a:
Initially I had this installed on the livecd but then later resorted to autofs and didn't remove usbmount. usbmount might be getting in the way.
sudo apt-get remove --purge usbmount
here's better solution:
use CF with IDE adapter, it works just fine, and it's not that expensive
(both run as sudo, run both of them, then umount the thumb drive, then run the installer)
/apt-get remove --purge usbmount
I was able to get it to install to the thumbdrive (woooo), now im getting error 18 with grub :( One hurdle down, 87 more to go.