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Posted: Oct. 21 2004,16:38 QUOTE

** I am an hardcore Linux Newbie ** :-)

Now that you have been warned, the question ...

How do I do this !? I have a Lexar 512mb Jumpdrive ... Do I only need to put the "iso" (What's inside anyway) on it (Like on a CDR) or is there some manipulation to do ?

Thanx !!

* Sorry about posting previously in the wrong topic !
* I can manage my way around in Linux easily but have only install it once (Debian) a very long time ago ...
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Posted: Oct. 21 2004,16:59 QUOTE

Load DSL

Right mouse click: Apps/Tools/Install to USB Pendrive



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Posted: Oct. 21 2004,18:02 QUOTE

I've got a 256mb version and I've spent all day with sfdisk fiddling with different numbers of cylinders to try and get rid of this error:
Setting up boot loader on /mnt/sda1
Total number of sectors not a multiple of sectors per track!
Add mtools_skip_check=1 to your .mtoolsrc file to skip this test
Error writing boot sector

There seem to be four/4 partitions but I only setup the first one. I've tried some values I found on this board like '0 75' (that's a no no as IT DOESN"T GIVE YOU 75mb), '0 267' and a lot around 256 '0 256', someone else had a 262mb card '0 233'.
sfdisk -S32 /dev/sda

Here I set the first partition to type 6 FAT16. I played with the bootable flag and making the second remainder partition type b win95 fat32 and plain deleting it.
cfdisk /dev/sda

Edit a little while later:
I finally got it to work on my dell laptop, I think I was rebooting in the wrong place. I was rebooting after cfdisk instead of after sfdisk. Also the dell and hp windows usb formatters didn't work on my win98se. I initially used '0 256' in sfdisk, but deleted and remade the partitions in cfdisk after rebooting.
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Disk /dev/sda: 257 MB, 257949696 bytes
16 heads, 32 sectors/track, 984 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 512 * 512 = 262144 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 267 68336 6 FAT16
/dev/sda2 268 984 183552 b Win95 FAT32
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Posted: Oct. 22 2004,01:34 QUOTE

and me to think that this was gonna be simple ...

OK thanks ! I guess that my weekend is now set ! :S
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Posted: Oct. 23 2004,13:42 QUOTE

Ok i have the same problem

so in simple terms (linux noob)
what do you actually have to do to get the 256mb USB drive to have 32 sectors/track
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