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Glenn Ramsey glenn@c...
Mon Aug 21 08:27:06 NZST 2006


I have sucessfully installed XUbuntu Dapper onto an external USB disk 
drive. I would like to be able to run it using this drive but the PC I 
have does not have the option of booting from USB.

I understand that one solution to this is to create (or obtain) a custom 
  boot floppy or CD, but I am wondering if it is possible to do it just 
with the live/install CD by passing the right parameters at the boot prompt.

I tried pressing F6 and changing the root=/dev/ram to root=/dev/sda1 and 
removing all the other stuff but that didn't work. It boots but still 
runs from the CD.

If that approach is not possible then is there a small (we're still in 
the DSL dark here) prebuilt iso that can be used to do this? I notice 
that there is a mini.iso in the distribution which I understand has 
something to do with network booting. Since that isn't too far removed 
from what I wan't to do then would it possible to use that?

I have done some web searching for this but could only find the 
instructions for making a custom boot floppy or CD.


Glenn Ramsey <glenn@c...> 07 8627077

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