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Run Puppy from Live CD: Easy Step by Step Instructions
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sfeeley

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PostPosted: Fri 25 Feb 2011, 22:01    Post subject:  Run Puppy from Live CD: Easy Step by Step Instructions
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(So, I wrote instructions for a friend, and tweaked them a bit for general use):

If you feel like giving puppy linux a go, here are some step by step instructions:

Puppy Linux is a great operating system and easy to install. What we are doing here is the fastest, easiest, and safest type of installation--called a “CD Install.” Basically Puppy Linux will run from a CD in your computer. You will also have the option to create a small “save file” that you save to a USB stick (* USB stick not required: see note and comments below). The advantage of this type of installation is that you are not changing/hurting/touching your harddrive in any way. If you ever decide that you do not want to use Puppy Linux or that you need to use whatever operating system is already installed on your computer (probably windows), all you have to do is turn off the computer, take out the CD, and reboot.

(Side note: You may worry that running a computer off the CD will be slow. But the way that Puppy Linux is designed running it this way is nearly as fast as having it on your harddrive (unlike some so-called “live discs” for other operating systems). Also, once the computer is running, you can even take out the Puppy Linux CD to put in other CD’s or DVDs!)

So here are the instructions in the easiest format:

1)        Make sure you have access to a CD burning program that can burn an ISO. There’s an explanation what an ISO file is here. (Note that burning an ISO is not quite the same as the usual process of just dragging files over.) The same page also has a link to a free ISO CD burning program in case you need one:

http://www.puppylinux.com/cd-puppy.htm

another popular ISO burner:
http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download

(step by step instructions for burning the ISO image using imgburn are here:
http://forum.imgburn.com/index.php?showtopic=61 )

2)        Download the latest version of puppy linux from here:

http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm

3)        burn that file as an ISO to a CD (or DVD) (a slow burn speed is usually more accurate)

4)        Make sure that your computer is set so that it can boot from CD. On a PC you would madly hit f2 immediately after turning on the computer to get a boot option screen. On that screen, make sure that CD is the first boot option. (if f2 doesn’t work, try the other fkeys)

5)        Boot computer with CD in the drive

6)        It will ask you some questions making sure that your moniter looks ok, and that your clock is set right, etc. Generally you can just click ok. And don’t worry, you can go back and change these later.

Voila—a working computer!

From there you should be able to see if you can access your harddrive to find necessary files, etc. The harddrive icon will be on the bottom left of the screen. If you plug in a usb drive, this will appear in the bottom left too. (If you want to take out the usb, be sure first to right click on the icon and select unmount.)

There are also big icons for programs that are equivalents to word, excel, etc on the main screen.

You can look through programs and options by clicking the menu button on the bottom left, or right clicking anywhere on the screen.

To connect to the internet: click “connect” and follow the instructions—they’re pretty straight forward (a menu will show your wireless card. Click that. Then it will scan for networks. Click your network and then type in the passcode)

Next click the browse button. Here you will be given the option of installing one of several browsers (firefox, chrome, etc). Click one to install (you will have to have set up an internet connection first—see above—since the computer will try to download and install the browser you pick)

7)         The first time you shut down, it will ask if you want to create a save file. Make sure a USB stick* is plugged in and follow the instructions. (In theory the stick can already have other files, but why not get a blank one just to be safe?--they’re cheap). Next time you boot, make sure you have the USB and CD in place and you should be good to go.

(*edit: actually the save file can be made practically anywhere, A USB is not actually required. See BigPup's comment below)

At this point you should have a fast effective computer--probably faster than the computer ever was before. Having done this a few times, it takes me all of 5 minutes usually (as opposed to the all day ordeal of reinstalling mac os or windows), but at first its easy to get confused and frustrated. Likewise getting around the system takes a bit getting used to (as does windows or mac if you are using it for the first time).

And of course there are plenty of tweaks. One might be to enter setup --> quickpets and find libreoffice. This is a pretty good free equivalent to MSoffice that are a bit more substantial than the programs that come pre-installed (although the pre-installed ones aren't bad).

For help, try the online help forum—-folks there are usually really eager to helpout.
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/index.php?f=2

(P.S. A fair number of puppy users eventually end up installing puppy linux entirely to their harddrives. There are instructions on the website and forum. Just keep in mind that in normal circumstances there is no real reason to make that switch )

Good luck Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat 26 Feb 2011, 01:24    Post subject:  

have added you as a reference here
http://puppylinux.org/wikka/LiveDVD

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PostPosted: Sat 26 Feb 2011, 01:48    Post subject:  

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7) The first time you shut down, it will ask if you want to create a save file. Make sure a USB stick is plugged in and follow the instructions. (In theory the stick can already have other files, but why not get a blank one just to be safe?--they’re cheap). Next time you boot, make sure you have the USB and CD in place and you should be good to go.

Very misleading about making a save file.
A save file can be made anywhere.
Can save to CD If the CD is multi-session.
Can save to computer hard drive (any format).
Can save to USB hard drive (any format)
Can save to flash drive (any format)
Any place that data can be written to.

More info here:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=60302
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PostPosted: Sat 26 Feb 2011, 12:28    Post subject:  

@Bigpup:

All very true! I made these instructions originally for two people: the first had a broken harddrive; the second was very careful and insisted that they would only try puppy if they knew it wouldn't affect their other "stuff" in any way.

I figured that many first time users of puppy would be in the same position. (also I didn't feel like going into the in's and out's of creating a multi-save CD/DVD since I'm less familiar with that)

I'll make an edit in the original post.
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PostPosted: Wed 02 Mar 2011, 18:49    Post subject:  

Just wanted to make sure people know about save files.
By the way, running Puppy from a Live CD with a save file on the hard drive is 100% safe.
Normally loads the whole operating system and programs into ram so when the computer is shutdown its gone.
It does nothing to any other operating system on the computer.
The save file is a place to store settings info and new programs you install while running Puppy. It is just like any other file. It is just data in the form of a sfs file.
When you reboot with the Live CD, Puppy will find the save file and use the info, so you are back to Puppy the way you last used it on that computer.
Any other operating system will see the save file as nothing more than a file like any other. Easily deleted.
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