bootloaders and USB

Eric Miller miller.eric.t at gmail.com
Mon Jun 28 07:05:33 PDT 2010


i'm trying to avoid using plop, the interface is very ugly and this is for a
professional project.

plop functions perfectly though....it just looks like a video game from
1985.

could I do a full boot into a small linux like tinycore and then do some
kind of scripted chroot?

On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 9:51 AM, Smartboy <smartboyathome at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 5:12 AM, Andrew Benton <b3nton at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 28/06/10 00:35, Eric Miller wrote:
> >> do most of the standard bootloaders (grub/,lilo, etc) have the ability
> >> to boot to usb even when the BIOS doesn't natively support boot to usb
> >> or floppy emulation?
> >>
> > I don't think so. I don't know about lilo. I don't think that grub has
> > the drivers to do hardware probing. I think it just takes whatever the
> > BIOS tells it and can't "see" anything else.
> > If you can make a small partition on your hard drive (or some other
> > device that the BIOS can "see") you can put the grub files and the
> > kernel on that. Then grub can boot the kernel and the kernel (if you've
> > compiled in all the correct drivers) should be able to mount a partition
> > on the usb as it's root partition.
> >
> > Andy
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> Another way could be to make a small LVM partition which then is
> shared with the other hard drive. Then, boot should be able to boot
> the USB partition without actual support for USB (I say should
> because, in theory, this works, but I haven't tested it).
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