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How to install Puppy on a USB Pendrive?
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Alrasch

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PostPosted: Tue 01 Jul 2008, 18:48    Post subject:  How to install Puppy on a USB Pendrive?  

So far I have managed to have a bootable CD (and Puppy looks really good on my main computer!).
But I'd like to have it on a USB Pendrive for my eeePC (which does not have a CD drive).
So far I have not yet found a user friendly guide to get it on the Pendrive.
I expected it to be a common way to use it, but all guides I have found so far expect me to be (half) an expert.
By the way, I am not a Windoze expert either. I have worked on/with half a dozen OS's (not counting the versions). Never has it been as complicated as with Linux (in the last ten years I had several approaches to installing different Linuxes, all of which had different problems) - and so I hoped Puppy Linux would be an easier approach.

I hope someone can give me aa hint at where to look....
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NathanO

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PostPosted: Tue 01 Jul 2008, 18:58    Post subject:  

Start here:

http://puppylinux.org/manual
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dm6257

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Location: Columbia, MD USA

PostPosted: Tue 01 Jul 2008, 21:10    Post subject: USB Pendrive Installation
Subject description: Installing Puppy on a USB flash drive
 

I installed Puppy 4.0 on a USB flash drive formatted with a single FAT32 partition. It uses Syslinux as the bootloader which is never mentioned in the manual. installed fine but would not let me save the session.

I reverted to Puppy 3.01 and it works great on the flash drive. Please let me know if you are able to get 4.0 installed and working.
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cthisbear

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Location: Sydney Australia

PostPosted: Wed 02 Jul 2008, 02:33    Post subject:  

Although not quite what you want,
Richard A has screenshots of the hard drive install.

At least you can see how the installer basically functions.
So it is not too over the top for you.
Slow and steady is the go.
Report back if you have success.

Make sure that when you have installed your USB
that Gparted lists it as booting.
You have to drop down the menu of the drive in Gparted.
USB is usually the last.

Some drives needed to boot as LBA...
But this should not be necessary.

Some USBs are still trouble.
My new 4 gig Vista ready drive played up today
trying to set it upin Minisys Muppy 08...
but usually it is a smooth operation.

Try different USB ports on your computer.
Some just don't like USB booting.

http://micro-hard.homelinux.net/puppy/installing-puppy/

Chris.
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cthisbear

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PostPosted: Wed 02 Jul 2008, 04:56    Post subject:  

Now booting from Muppy08 on this 4 gig USB to post.
And quite fast too....MU.

I had to format it Fat32.... in Gparted after deleting this
USB beforehand.
So you must set the flag etc to work.

Interestingly on 2 dfferent computers this ,USB would not
show up in the Bios....out of the box.

And in Minisys Muppy08 it showed as a very strange symbol,
maybe even as a question mark.

Once again with GParted make sure that you drop down
to the USB you want to delete and then Format.

If you don't...then obviously you will total your Windows drive.

It might even be better for newbies to power off their computer,
including switching off at the wall,
disconnecting the power to the hard drive...
and then booting Puppy to install to USB.

Chris.
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Alrasch

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PostPosted: Tue 08 Jul 2008, 14:56    Post subject: Update  

Good news is, Puppy 4 and the eee Pc work together - although I don't know whether WLAN works or not.

As for NathanOs mentioned manual...
Well I have been using it prior to asking the original question in this thread. It explained all very well up to the point where Gparted came along. So I had a Puppy LiveCD-Version which was running smoothly on my main desktop, but got lost with the<part of formatting the USB stick.
I had then used a manual for windows user (out of this forum), with which I managed to format the stick, but not the transfer of the necessary files.
That's when I have asked the above mentioned question.

Since it was a given answer, I have used NathanOs mentioned manual again. This time I somehow was not led into Gparted (because the stick now was properly formatted I guess), But the stick wouldn't work on the eeePC. This was also a problem with the eeePc (and the user in front of it) by the way.

I have then asked a coworker of mine for help - both a user of the eee Pc and of puppy linux. Although he dit quite a bit of explaining of what he did and which then didn't work, he managed to get it to work within two and a half hours (without downloading anything eee Pc specific).

So Puppy 4 now runs from a Live-stick or from the SD card in the eee Pc.

But don't ask me! The next time I would want to put Puppy on a USB stick, I still do not know how to work this out.

By the way - I have read in the forum that there will be a special eee Pc version of Puppy made, with a special manual for eee Pc users. Maybe this will help me - hopefully.


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kattman

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PostPosted: Fri 11 Jul 2008, 17:57    Post subject:  

This worked on a sd card!
http://opencomputer.net/2008/06/11/5-easy-steps-to-install-puppy-linux-on-your-usb-drive/
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Alrasch

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PostPosted: Sat 12 Jul 2008, 20:32    Post subject:  

Nice advice! I have got a "404"! Page not receievable. Now what?
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muggins

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PostPosted: Sat 12 Jul 2008, 21:00    Post subject:  

Site might have been temporarily down...works for me. Try again.
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Alrasch

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PostPosted: Sun 13 Jul 2008, 19:54    Post subject:  

Okay...
this time I h got the page to be read...

Quote "So, to install Puppy to a USB drive the first step is to download, burn, and run the ISO file."

aye what?

I have a downloaded and burned version. Run it? How? (besides: it has been several steps to even achieve that"

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