Joined: Oct. 2004
||Posted: Oct. 30 2004,03:01
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 (http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/hpcpqdt/us/download/20306.html) 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