Installing Feather Linux on SanDisk 512 Mb

Hi experts! Thanks for helping! I am really insterested in using Feather Linux on a SanDisk 512 USB drive. I went to Feather Linux web page and got the most current .iso file which is feather-0.7.5.iso the i read the following post http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Linux/Linux_Setup/Q_21361328.html?query=install+.iso+on+USB&clearTAFilter=true
I saved the feather-0.7.5.iso file to my desktop (i run Fedora Core 4 on HP Pavilion ze 4210) then i did this (while USB drive was plugged in and it was completely blank, formatted) I became root and typed
dd if=feather-0.7.5.iso of=/dev/sda
I made sure sda was my USB drive by checking dmesg log.
Right after i did the dd command, the flash drive started blinking interminantly, finally shell came back to a command promp without any errors. I tried turning my laptop off and restarting (adjusted BIOS to book with removable devices). I don't have a specific option in BIOS to boot from USB, i just have HD, CD, Removable devices and LAN, so for this i chose Removable devices... As a result, my Fedora Core still loads while the USB device is plugged in... Am i doing something wrong or is my laptop not capable of booking from USB, what do i do?!?!
Thanks a million!
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GvigorusAsked:
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slow1000Connect With a Mentor Commented:
The USB zip file is not available yet for 0.7.5.  You can try 0.7.4 from here:  http://feather.gus.to/mirror/feather-0.7.4-usb.zip
Use these instructions here:
http://featherlinux.berlios.de/usb-instructions.htm

Post back if you can't figure out the syslinux part.


If you have a floppy drive, but your computer doesn't support booting from usb, try booting your usb stick using this floppy image (or try a different computer):  ftp://ftp.berlios.de/pub/featherlinux/bootusb.img



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GvigorusAuthor Commented:
Also, worth mentioning that i went to Feather Linux official site and read the USB installation procedures. They were not clear, i could not find the feather-0.7.5-usb.zip file in their FTP share. What they described there made no sense to me. Can someone help me with this!? Thanks -=G=-
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slow1000Commented:
I think this includes everything you need for syslinux:
http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/boot/syslinux/Old/syslinux-2.11.zip

It is the right version, but there are a couple more files on the server, if something is missing, they are here:
http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/boot/syslinux/Old/
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GvigorusAuthor Commented:
Thanks Slow, i looked at all the instructions, got feather linux usb file and syslinux zip. Extracted Feather Linux to my blank USB drive, the unzipped syslinux to C: drive on XP and in CMD terminal (DOS version of shell) typed syslinux.exe H: where H: was my USB drive. Now when i open the USB drive in XP, i can see the uzipped Feather Linux files and syslinux configuration file, but still when i try booting from USB, nothing happens. I hope i did everything right, i followed the procedures closely. I am going to try booting from floppy, mybe my machine does not support boot from USB, in BIOS it lists USB as bootable device...
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GvigorusAuthor Commented:
I noticed in an article that USB has to be formatted to FAT and not FAT32, well, my USB is FAT32 at this point. Maybe that's what causing the problem. I will move all the files from USB to C: drive, format USB to FAT and put everything back on USB. Do you think this could help?!
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slow1000Commented:
I don't think the FAT vs FAT32 should be a problem.  Linux (and your bios) should recognize either.
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GvigorusAuthor Commented:
That's good to know, but... too late :) I have already reformatted to FAT and rewrote Feather to USB. Still no luck booting to it though. Don't know what to do at this point. My BIOS does support USB bootup and i set it to boot from USB before C: drive. Still, the machine boots from C. I wonder if i didn't do something right about the syslinux file? Maybe i need to try something else?
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slow1000Commented:
I would agree: it's probably a syslinux problem.  I should be able to find time to go through the process myself tomorrow.  I will let you know if I find anything out.
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GvigorusAuthor Commented:
I hope to get this resolved tomorrow. I'm going to try several things, hope something works. I post the results.
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slow1000Commented:
Sorry, but I couldn't get to testing it Friday, and I will be away from high speed internet for most of the weekend.  If you don't get it figured out this weekend, I will definitely experiment with it myself next week.
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GvigorusAuthor Commented:
Well, i guess i'm going to close this question, since i have the idea of how to get this done now, however i haven't got it to work. I'm confident though that i can get it to work now. Thanks Slow!
BTW Slow, you really are slow when it comes to posting replies :) "next week" was a long time ago!!! Ha ha, i guess otherwise it would be pointless to call oneself "Slow". No problem though, thanks for your help!
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