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I want to boot from usb thumb with "save" file on hd
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jafadmin

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PostPosted: Wed 06 May 2009, 20:38    Post subject:  I want to boot from usb thumb with "save" file on hd  

Just like how the LiveCD boots.

The problem is this; I have a Thinkpad X60 laptop that doesn't have a native CD drive so I'm stuck booting it with a USB thumb. I'd like to have the save file on the HD so it doesn't write back to the thumbdrive for saves.

How do I get a thumb install to check the HD for .2fs files like the Live CD does?

Thanks in advance. I searched for a couple of hours. It's probably stupid simple, but I'm drawing a blank here. Confused
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Wed 06 May 2009, 23:20    Post subject:  

Try this:

1. Copy the pup_xxx.sfs file onto your hard drive.

2. Go to your thumb drive and open the file syslinux.cfg.

3. You should see the argument "pmedia=usbflash". Change it to "pmedia=atahd".

When the thumb drive boots, this will force it to look on the hard drive for the .sfs file. It will then save the pup_save.2fs file in the same place.
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jafadmin

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PostPosted: Wed 06 May 2009, 23:43    Post subject:  

Very close. You got me looking in the right place.

It needed "pmedia=cd" (even though the machine has no cd drive)

That made it look on all drives for all .2fs files.

Thanks!

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jafadmin

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PostPosted: Thu 07 May 2009, 00:07    Post subject:  

That is MONSTER!

I can boot with the thumbdrive and choose between the .2fs file on the machine's HD or the one on the USB thumb. If I use the one on the local HD I can remove the thumbdrive once puppy boots. It no longer needs the thumbdrive for anything.

Man, that's beautiful.
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irishrm


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PostPosted: Fri 08 May 2009, 16:12    Post subject:  

This is something I would also like to do. Could you help me find the file syslinux.cfg. I have been using Puppy for some time but am not great at finding my way around. Thanks irishrm.
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jafadmin

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PostPosted: Sat 09 May 2009, 10:17    Post subject:  

irishrm wrote:
This is something I would also like to do. Could you help me find the file syslinux.cfg. I have been using Puppy for some time but am not great at finding my way around. Thanks irishrm.


the easiest way is to boot a machine with a LiveCD then insert and mount the thumbdrive. You'll find the .cfg file in the root of the usb thumbdrive.
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irishrm


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PostPosted: Sat 09 May 2009, 13:17    Post subject:  

Thanks for that jafadmin. It worked well. Its great to be able to pick up so many tips here on the forums. Irishrm
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