Joined: April 2006
||Posted: Feb. 05 2008,07:17
Finally getting back to this and answer some questions.
The laptop is a Dell Inspiron 3500. Essentially a PII-400 with 196MB RAM.
The hard drive has an intermittent glitch that causes the system to
lock up. Reason 1 to avoid doing anything but booting from it.
But otherwise, this thing is a great knockabout laptop, runs great
with DSL and if it gets bashed or stolen, I won't cry too much.
I have done a frugal on this drive in the past and it will read my
backup file from the stick which would be enough to satisfy most folks.
I have several USB sticks that I boot from with various versions of DSL
and I've noticed that some of them behave abnormally with the latest version
of the DSL Knoppix image. Reason 2 why I don't want to be fixed to the
Knoppix on the drive.
My aim is to setup the drive so that any bootable stick will be recognized.
Also, I have been using Linux for over 10 years and I am ashamed at how
poorly I understand the boot process and GRUB. So I hope to learn.
I figure if anyone is going to know how to do this kind of thing, it is you guys.
I have done a Frugal install, then deleted the Knoppix image. It got further
than I imagined. It posted "Finding USB devices" then the next line
"Could not find Knoppix..." "dropping to a shell..." etc.
I am going to play with GRUB a bit more and get back this week with results.