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Ive got a little 256mb memorex usb drive. I tried putting finnix and stuff on it, but it gives an error on boot. I am downloading the ISOs and extracting them and placing onto the root of the usb key. I dO have removable boot enabled (->cd ->hd) and it will just skip over it. I can go into F8 and boot via the "255mb drive" but it justs says disk boot error or something to that degree.
I dont want to use DSL and I can fit something a little more on it.
I also have a 2gb microSD card in a SD adapter it came with. I tried burning a hardy dvd and installing to the 2gb card but it actually ran out of space. Im trying to find a distro thats light, that is nice on the eyes (decent looking), and that I can actually INSTALL onto the portables somehow to save files or programs and such.

I also tried extracting OCNix to both the usb key and the sd card manually booting and both still give the error although different. Booting works when burned to a CD/DVD though.

Does my USB drive have to support booting from? Does my p5n32-e support usb boot? It does say removable but to my understanding is floppy. I would imagine a high end board such as this would include this feature.

Blah, thanks for all the help guys and +REP will be given accordingly.
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post #2 of 14
most new boards can boot form a usb key (yours included) im not sure ecactly what format it has to be in, but i believe you have to put some files on the usb drive and then copy the install to it.
Try this guide, seems pretty concise.
http://www.bootdisk.com/pendrive.htm
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This one looks pretty good too HERE
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Thankyou!
Does it matter if I use the SD card? Id rather use that since its bigger (but slower..)

Oh, and I dont have a floppy drive. Who does these days?
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i think that works, provided the sd card can show up as either a USB stick or a regular hard drive.
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It does.
Im trying the HP boot drive utility.
Gonna try fluxbuntu on it.
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Well if you want to do anything on it then you're basically stuck with DSL.

You could try SLAX, but I have it on my 1GB stick and it takes up over 200 mb for the minimal install.

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2006/09...e-usb-slaxzip/
    
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It will be only be smaller files or programs. Nothing huge. Just to take around with me to friends or what not.
Although I might try and put steam/cs 1.6 on it.
Thatd fit on the 2gb card. I gotta go to school so I dont have time now but Ill try when I get home.
Thanks guys.
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FluxBuntu install worked after messing with the GRUB menu.lst. Dont like flux though, I desperately want a DE and simplicity of function here.
Going to try finnix and see how it goes.
Does anyone know of a distro with a DE ~1gb?
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Idk how big XFCE is, but it has the best (speed/size) to functionality ratio.
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When I tried installing it on flux it was bigger then KDE, which was I think 573mb.
Slax-usb worked, but I want the killbill slax for the usb install file becauce I cant get it to boot from the usb key. Ive yet to find anyway to get it to boot either.
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