[svlug] How reliable are LiveCD HD installs?
conover at rahul.net
Thu Sep 29 17:54:41 PDT 2005
Rick Moen writes:
> Here's something to do and take note of: While booting Knoppix, at the
> first prompt, try hitting several of the function keys that it says you
> can optionally use to find out more information, as opposed to just
> pressing Enter. You'll read about boot-time parameters (keywords) you
> can pass to the booting kernel, that disable particular pieces of the
> kernel's built-in hardware-support code that are likely to cause
> problems on some hardware, e.g., noapm, acpi=off, noapic, etc. They're
> actually broadly applicable to Linux systems' boot-time environments.
> Odds are, one or more of those will make Feather, DSL, etc. work fine on
> your P466. (Er, not that it matters, but are you quite sure about that
> "466 MHz" bit? One suspects a typo. 266, maybe.)
On the Knoppix CD, there is a text file that lists the gazillion
"Cheat Codes" to use via the Boot: prompt for HW configuration.
Knoppix 4.0 is not available, yet, and the live CD will be on
DVD-although there will be a mini-CD, like the old 3.X versions; so I
The Ubuntu distribution has good HW detection, too. But the install is
a bit more complicated than just typing "knoppix-installer" at a root
prompt-its an install CD, (you can test drive it with their live CD,)
and then you get to use the debian apt-get to get all the stuff you
need-the default install is minimal-which can be kind of painful if
you don't take notes on what you put in your machine, and lose an HD,
etc., and have to reinstall.
John Conover, conover at rahul.net, http://www.johncon.com/
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