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    Linux on USB Drive

    So I got this idea off of this forum and thought maybe you guys could help me out. I am attempting to put a SqueezeBox 2 in my car. I have a CarPC that is going to be used purely to play my flac files from a HD. I have a USB Drive that I want to use for the OS/SlimServer. I have installed DSL on it but the load time is long. There is a version of linux called SlimCD which is based off DSL but I can't get it to boot from the USB Drive. I'm relatively new to linux and don't really know what I'm doing. Can anyone help me out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blkwrx
    So I got this idea off of this forum and thought maybe you guys could help me out. I am attempting to put a SqueezeBox 2 in my car. I have a CarPC that is going to be used purely to play my flac files from a HD. I have a USB Drive that I want to use for the OS/SlimServer. I have installed DSL on it but the load time is long. There is a version of linux called SlimCD which is based off DSL but I can't get it to boot from the USB Drive. I'm relatively new to linux and don't really know what I'm doing. Can anyone help me out?
    You didn't give much explaination of the problem other than "can't get it to boot". Do you get to your boot loader (grub)? Does Linux start booting and it fails? Does it say there is nothing to boot from after the BIOS? Or, does it just sit there after the BIOS posts?

    Double check that you set the correct partion types with fdisk and that you made one of the partitions bootable. Make sure you actually installed grub (instead of merely configuring it). Is your conf file correct? If you can boot into grub try hitting 'e' to edit the entry and then 'e' on each line and use TAB to ensure that you are hitting the right drives and paths.

    Good luck, try to give some more clues.

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    Sorry, I didn't really know what I was asking. I got DSL to boot from a USB Drive and SlimCD to boot from a CD. I know next to nothing about Linux and think I am going to run Win instead. I know linux would probably be better but I know the Win system. Maybe I'll revisit Linux in the future.
    Thanks for the reply

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    Quote Originally Posted by blkwrx
    Sorry, I didn't really know what I was asking. I got DSL to boot from a USB Drive and SlimCD to boot from a CD. I know next to nothing about Linux and think I am going to run Win instead. I know linux would probably be better but I know the Win system. Maybe I'll revisit Linux in the future.
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    Linux is better and you should try tackling it a little bit longer. I was curious as to how you installed SlimCD to your usb drive. I'm also wondering why you think SlimCD will boot faster. Why don't you install linux on the actual HD? If you need to resize partitions then I can help you use the parted tool (yes, it resizes NTFS, FAT32, ext2, ext3, and I think Reiser partitions). It actually works too.

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    I want to run the OS off a USb or CF drive because of temp changes and I want to have the HD free for my Flac files. The only thing the carputer is going to run is the Squeezebox, I don't even have a screen in my car. Lavajoe (from this board I think) did this same setup running linux on a HD. I would spend more time figuring it out but I am going to be starting MCSE classes in a week. I guess for what I am using it for it really doesn't matter what OS it is so I am going with what I know.

    And your right SlimCD didn't boot any faster than DSL.

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    Hummmm, sounds fair.

    I wish I could tell you how to do it because Linux is definately worth playing with. Hopefully you will get the chance to pick it back up eventually.

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    Well I had my hard drive fail so I just spent the last 2 days getting my computer functional (and back to the way I like it

    Anyway, I'm going to put DSL back on the USB Drive I have and play with it in my spare time. The having difficulty visualizing the file structure. I think if I can figure that out then the rest will come.

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