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capo-wear-i
wrote 5 years ago


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OK - I'm a Linux Newb, and I'm really struggling with booting slax from a USB stick. Harware wise I'm familiar with using boot menu's etc (Slax live CD boots fine)- it's making the USB stick bootable that seems to be the issue. I can't seem to get the bootinst.bat to work. I'd like to keep the stick FAT32 if poss, but I'm willing to give anything a go.

In windows XP sp2:

I use the 6.0.7 .TAR file and extract to the newly fomatetd (FAT32) stick.

Run the bootinst.bat script from the boot directory in the USB stick and after going through the initial screen to confirm , the command line says :


Setting up boot record for E:, wait please
The system cannot find the path specified
Disk E: should be bootable now. Installation finished.

Read the information above and press any ket to exit...

Hmm... so no boot file is written :(

I've tried 2 different sticks and a USB hard drive so far.

Live CD works fine, but I'd like to be able to add some additional drivers and programs etc.. and I think that running a USB stick version would give me the most options.

Any ideas ?

or Could I just be unlucky with my choice of USB sticks ??
 
fundamental
wrote 5 years ago


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The choice of USB sticks should not affect the compatibility with Linux. I would suggest using the bootinst.sh script while running Slax on the intended USB stick. I would also check you bios to make sure that booting from USB is enabled.

Lastly if neither results turn up anything try the boot-from-usb iso images here:ftp://ftp.slax.org/SLAX-6.x
 
Guest
wrote 5 years ago


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fundamental wrote:
The choice of USB sticks should not affect the compatibility with Linux. I would suggest using the bootinst.sh script while running Slax on the intended USB stick. I would also check you bios to make sure that booting from USB is enabled.

Lastly if neither results turn up anything try the boot-from-usb iso images here:ftp://ftp.slax.org/SLAX-6.x


Thanks for your speedy reply

I've tried booting into the Live CD version of slax - that works fine (I"m typing this post on Slax after installing some wi-fi drivers)

If I attempt to run the bootinst.sh file from the slax konqueror browser (via a shell command??) it also doesn't work.

First the shell command asks me to verify the path.
Then the following occurs

/bin/bash: line 0: cd: /sdc1/slax-6.0.7/boot: No such file or directory
/bin/bash: ../../../../sdc1/slax-6.0.7/boot/liloinst.sh: No such file or directory


The liloinst.sh is definitely there in the directory that it says it is

Should I be copying the bootist.sh file somewhere or re-directing the shell command somewhere else ?

Sorry for the Newb questions...
 
burninbush
wrote 5 years ago


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Ahhh .. if you read through that bootinst.bat file, you'll see that the first half of it is a kludgey way to discover what drive letter windows gave your usbstick. The error message you got is because that first routine failed somehow, windows couldn't determine the usbstick's drive letter.

I suggest that instead of running bootinst.bat you instead open a cmd window, cd to the usbstick, and run the syslinux commandline from the bat file manually.

\boot\syslinux\syslinux.exe -ma -d \boot\syslinux %DISK%:

Just put in your explicit drive letter where the bat file has %disk%:, e.g., E: if that's the drive letter. I believe this will fail if you use E:\, so leave off the \.

If it still won't boot, then you should consider reformatting the stick using fat16 instead of fat32 -- some sticks won't boot with fat32. [and don't ask me why, dunno]

This has worked here for several sticks that failed using the linux version of syslinux.
 
capo-wear-i
wrote 5 years ago


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OK - I managed to get the syslinux.exe to run by using the above method, and the USB stick looks bootable ;)

...but it comes up with an error when booting almost straight away.

Could not find Kernal Image : Linux
Boot :

I'll retry using a different disk Format.

EDIT: The stick Im using at the moment is a 4gb EasyDisk USB stick. Is there a list anywhere of 'good' bootable usb sticks ?
 
Guest
wrote 5 years ago


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Fixed !

I used the FAT File system instead of FAT32, and it works.

Thanks for your help

:)
 
shubham
wrote 3 years ago


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hai....

i tried to boot slax through USB, in first go it was alright but when i rebooted my system slax window gets open but nothing works neither mouse nor keyboard.
 
mocabilly
wrote 3 years ago


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Do you use he slax remix version? if you do, please apply the service packs if you don't:

Try booting with the "always fresh" boot option.
----- Does it work?
- yes: remove the "changes" directory from your USB-Stick and try booting again.
- no: which error messages do you get?
- no: run "chkdsk" on your USB-stick
 
polo89
wrote 3 years ago


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hi,im trying to make a bootable uab flash drive but when i give the the comman i the command prompt (cd boot) system cannot find part specified.can any one please help me?
 
jayflood
wrote 3 years ago


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I have a script you can run that will setup a USB drive automatically for you. If you prefer to do it manually then plug in your USB device and a window should pop up asking what you want to do. Choose to open the USB in a new window. Navigate into the boot folder and then there should be a 'tools' menu at the top. From the tools menu choose to open a terminal. It will open the terminal at the boot folder location. From there you can run the bootloader script of your choice.

If you prefer the console, then plug in your USB device and then open a console. type in: mount

You should see a list of drives and the last one ont he lit will be your USB device path. You can change to the boot folder by giving that path followed by boot.


root@slax:~# mount
aufs on / type aufs (rw,si=94bec185,xino=/mnt/live/memory/.aufs.xino,nowarn_perm)
/proc on /proc type proc (rw)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
usbfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs (rw)
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)
/dev/sda1 on /mnt/sda1 type fuseblk (rw,noatime,allow_other,blksize=4096)
/dev/sda2 on /mnt/sda2 type fuseblk (rw,noatime,allow_other,blksize=4096)
/dev/sda3 on /mnt/sda3 type ext3 (rw,noatime)
/dev/sda4 on /mnt/sda4 type vfat (rw,noatime,quiet,umask=0,check=s,shortname=mixed)
/dev/sdb1 on /mnt/sdb1 type vfat (rw)
root@slax:~#

The last on is my USB device: /mnt/sdb1

cd /mnt/sdb1/boot
 
tony
wrote 2 years ago


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solved

hell with vista or windows 7

run it under windows xp only

for all of you who are having problems with access denied or system cannot find the path

do the following

extract the tar file to your usb stick

copy boot and slax to root directory

go to boot directory and run the batch file

done!
 

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