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Posted: Oct. 30 2004,03:01 QUOTE

After much trial and error, I finally got my new USB drive (512 mb PQI Intelligent Stick) to boot. I tried many many suggestions on this forum, and after spending somewhere around 8 hours over this forum and many others, I thought I'd finally post this.

First, I downloaded the USB utility from HP ( and formatted the drive normally.

Next, I used my DSL cd (which I had already burned for use about a week ago), and rebooted into it. I used the boot option "dsl 2" because I didn't care much for the gui for what I was doing.

During reboot, I went into the BIOS and made my cdrom drive the first boot device, USB-HDD the second, and SCSI third (which is required to boot my sata drive).

Once inside of DSL, I ran "fdisk /dev/sda". I deleted the existing partition and recreated it and made it bootable. This is apparently required due to the formatting the HP utility did, but this may just be for the 512 mb PQI drives.

Finally, I ran "dsl-usbinstall". This ran without errors (which almost frightened me).

Once this was done, I rebooted and voila, it worked!

Many of the solutions here did make my drive bootable, but I kept running into a problem where it would show the SYSLINUX banner and stop. Also, I found that using USB-ZIP did not work with this. I suspect this has to do with how the HP utility sets up the drive as opposed to other methods used on this forum.

This is what fdisk -l /dev/sda reports, for those that are curious:

newb:~ # fdisk -l /dev/sda

Disk /dev/sda: 524 MB, 524025856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 63 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

  Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1          63      506016    b  W95 FAT32
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Posted: Oct. 30 2004,19:17 QUOTE

After reading through this and remember other stuff I'd been through, I'd like to add that it may not be required to reboot to dsl at all to do this. I suspect that you can use winimage and isobuster all from within windows to complete this. I haven't tried this so I don't know. Since I have the HP program for formatting and setting the USB drive more like how a hard drive is set up, I'm going to be experimenting with other things as well.
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Posted: Nov. 03 2004,18:30 QUOTE

Is there a way to get dsl-usbinstall to work via a port other than 80? I was able to sucessfully accomplish all the steps but the last one as I am behind a proxy server using port 8080 for all outbound HTTP traffic. I can't get DSL to boot on my home machine with a 3.0 Ghz P-4 on an AZUS mainboard w/ Intel chip set...

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Posted: Nov. 03 2004,19:37 QUOTE

look into /home/dsl/.wgetrc
you will see a line like:
#http_proxy =
remove the #
and change the proxy, to the values of your proxy

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