Joined: Jan. 2004
||Posted: Mar. 08 2005,03:40
Is this possible with DSL:
Running off the .iso that has been placed on a hard drive partition, even /dev/hda1 in the case of Windows 98 computers.
When I want to burn a cd, and need the drive, I can with the small DSL just "toram" at the boot: prompt, then remove the cd from the drive, leaving it open for burning purposes.
Now, with my Knoppix remaster, 672MB, I have to use a knoppix cd to boot the stored .iso with the "bootfrom=" cheatcode to get it running off the .iso. Very soon in the boot process, usually before the "autoconfiguring devices" line, I can remove the cd from the drive, as I am running off the .iso. Compared to Windows 98 or XP, the OS runs very quiet, as far as working the hard drive is concerned, when I run it this way. I get a good laugh as to how noisy the computer is when running XP, for instance, with the hard drive banging around, etc.
This is compared to running off the CD with that little lag when an application is opened, or a new web page is viewed, etc, and the CDROM drive needs to spin a bit.
I often upgrade my Knoppix remaster, but for general use, I find that keeping the .iso around for a while and running off it, rather than the cd, has it's advantages, as far as reducing wear and tear on the hard drive and on the CDROM drive. I can still burn copies using k3b off the running .iso.
So, does anyone know if DSL responds to the "bootfrom" knoppix cheatcode, and if so, I recommend trying the above method out, to see if you get a little performance boost, etc. Here is my full "bootfrom" line that I use:
All of that is on one line. Problems with this method is that one cannot store the .iso on a Windows XP partition, (cannot write to it), so only older computers with Windows 98, or specially built machines with several hard drives will work. On a Windows XP machine I have, there is a GB of RAM, so I just "knoppix toram" and wait the few minutes for the cd to be copied. In the case of the smaller DSL, it is not long at all.
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