Joined: Sep. 2003
||Posted: Sep. 26 2003,05:32
If anybody wants to know how to boot DSL from a CF card this is what I have done so far. Keep in mind that this recipe does not use USB (yet), I've started with a simpler approach.
I got a $20 IDE to CF adaptor off of a web store (ebay sellers carry them), stuck a 256mb Transcend 45x CompactFlash card into it, and did the HD-install. Whooomm it runs fast! Windows98 also runs FAST from CF by the way but corrupted itself within a few reboots when installing new devices.... I ran out of disk space on the CF, apparently, during driver installs. DSL thankfully is smaller.
The main advantage of running this way is that any customizations that you do are saved on the CF card (X windows settings, HTML pages, word processing documents, perl scripts, etc). Plus, the speed is nearly as fast as a RAMdisk, I think.
And let's not forget that with a short IDE cable, it makes an ideal silent low-power boot device in a mini-ITX system... I have my eyes on creating a tiny Linux box that fits into a slipcase or hangs on the wall like a pictureframe.
Now if I can just get this to boot in my USB slot using a CF-to-USB adaptor...