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Puppylinux Usb Install Not With Cd Install - Solution?


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Posted 22 April 2012 - 08:37 AM

I have this 512 MB USB drive which is more than 4 years old and i want to use it for something better like rescue USB. I know that in order to install the puppy linux one has to create the CD live and then boot into that and then go ahead and install the files on USB. This is quite common and suggested method for the newbies.

I am wondering that other than this popular method, is there any other way to install puppylinux on USB disk without having to create livecd? I know some people do it by erasing the disk and sestting boot flag to the USB. But i am not aware of that method. It would be good if there is step by step instruction for this method.

just tried some of the youtube and wiki for the alternative method. I found that USB install is not quite easy with the livecd either. Some of the members are having issues on their official forum. So not sure if i want to do this cd basesd method. It is unnecessary in my opinion considering the amount it takes for doing all of this.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:39 AM

I directly created my USB multi-boot drive, with puppy and some other ones. No need to boot from a liveCD disk.
Have a look here : http://From : http:/...showtopic=18846

guide will create a multi-boot USB stick with options for BartPE, Linux (DSL, Puppy Linux & Gparted), Windows PE 2.0 and various floppy boot disk images (Windows98, Memtest86) - additional options can be added. You will need a 512MB USB stick if you want to include all of the options (excluding WindowsPE 2.0)

You will need a lot of work editing the "menu.txt" and "syslinux.cfg" files and putting files at the correect place on the USB flashkey, but it works fine.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 01:12 PM

Here is one more way if it works. I have ubuntu installed which allows me to install a startup disk creator. So i can choose the .iso file and also install the same on USB disk. So is it possible to install that way?

I mean by following this method -

System > Startup Disk Creator. Here i can choose the .iso file and the USB which enabled me to add the install files. Not sure if this metthod works but if i am not wrong it will let me copy the contents from the .iso file to the USB key. So theoretically this method should work. I'll digg the thread anyway but just asking to save the time.


I just checked your thread and found that the method explained there is quite generic and lets anyone boot from the specified boot configuration. I failed to find the puppylinux current version specific instructions over there. Any idea where that reply shows for the puppylinux 5.2.8 specific install notes?

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 01:42 PM

Not right that. Read the document in my link. You will have to read the files inside the iso file (with any iso reader) and put them on the folder you will mention in the syslinux.cfg and on the menu.txt
this should work for any version, the settings says that the system should boot from inird.gz, pup_*something and vimlinuz, it's a rather classical situation for a linux system. Sorry it's fully manual, but it should not be very difficult for a linux guy.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:54 PM

Here is something interesting i have found. The thing is UNetbootin. This software either downloads or uses your own iso to create a bootable system on your USB drive. So it seems it is possible to do this way. I have the 512mb disk ready and just installed the unetbootin and not yet booted to the USB but going to do that once i finish the network stuff on this laptop.

Just for the information, those who are using ubuntu can download the Unetbootin from the software center and then run it. Just select the .iso file downloaded or download online using the UNetbootin, so that it can download the software on your system. It also lets use the erase or format option if you need.

I am thinking that this should work because most of the time UNetbootin method works for ubuntu and some other distros. It's just not sure that distros like slitaz and puppy are possible. But they have now supporting these distros in their menu options as well.

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 10:05 PM

Here is something interesting i have found. The thing is UNetbootin. This software either downloads or uses your own iso to create a bootable system on your USB drive. So it seems it is possible to do this way. I have the 512mb disk ready and just installed the unetbootin and not yet booted to the USB but going to do that once i finish the network stuff on this laptop. Just for the information, those who are using ubuntu can download the Unetbootin from the software center and then run it. Just select the .iso file downloaded or download online using the UNetbootin, so that it can download the software on your system. It also lets use the erase or format option if you need. I am thinking that this should work because most of the time UNetbootin method works for ubuntu and some other distros. It's just not sure that distros like slitaz and puppy are possible. But they have now supporting these distros in their menu options as well.


great tool... i use this to create Windows XP USB installations for my Netbook... although i sometimes have issues with creating Linux USB installs, so i ended up using other tools like Universal USB Installer or YUMI



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