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"Successful people don't have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward." -- Dr. Ben Carson
  • Still Trying
    Board English forum Hardware
    I would've installed from the USB stick, except I still had to create it. *grin*

    So far, the computer's okay with these live CDs: SAMity's 8/10 test, SAM (i.e. pre-SAMity), PLoP Boot Manager, Ultimate Boot CD, Kolibri, SuSE On A Diet, Fedora 13, Puppy, Slitaz, Knoppix, OpenSuSE LXDE, OpenSuSE GNOME, PCLinuxOS LXDE, Gujin, and System Rescue CD. (I've been using PLoP because while the system claims to boot from USB, it won't.) So I'm figuring it's an odd incompatibility/config issue, rather than hardware failure.

    Since I couldn't get the SAMity live CD to successfully boot, I tried following the instructions on another Linux system. Booting the resulting USB stick gave me a gfxboot error of "bootlogo file too big" and a prompt. I tried searching the web for info on that, but this is all I found, and it (or rather, the posts they linked to) wasn't helpful -- http://www.pclinuxos.com/forum/index.php?topic=76553.0

    I then tried using the Gujin bootloader (http://gujin.sourceforge.net/) with the ISO, since that worked with the SAMity test. That actually got fairly far, but then informed me it couldn't mount the live CD without telling me why.

    I need to get to bed, but tomorrow I'll try booting my other computer (the one I'm typing from) with the SAMity live CD, and see if following the instructions that way works better than doing it from within OpenSuSE.
    "Successful people don't have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward." -- Dr. Ben Carson
  • Tests ran, final won't...
    Board English forum Hardware
    I was able to run test versions of 2010, though the most recent test threw I/O errors if I tried to start OpenOffice from the live CD (if I used a live USB OO worked fine).

    The 2010 final doesn't want to boot, though, eventually giving this error:

    mount: mounting /dev/loop0 on initrd/loopfs failed: Invalid argument.
    ERROR: Unable to mount loop filesystem,
    Commands were: losetup /dev/loop0 initrd/cdrom/livecd.sqfs
    mount -r-t squashfs /dev/loop0 initrd/loopfs
    Most likely cause is a bad burn or bad download

    I then wind up at a limited shell, which gripes "/initrd/bin/ash: cant access tty; job control turned off" but still gives me a functional prompt. Running the mediacheck results in the system going unresponsive after running the CD for a few minutes.

    I've tried burning it three times with blank CDs from a spindle that has worked well so far, and re-downloaded so I could check the old md5sum vs. the new one just to make sure the first wasn't damaged. I haven't tried shoving the final onto a USB key, so I'm going to make it do that overnight using your instructions.

    Hardware: ThinkPad T20 - 700MHz Intel Mobile PIII, 512mb RAM.

    Thanks for any suggestions anyone can make! :-)
    "Successful people don't have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward." -- Dr. Ben Carson
  • md5sums ?
    Board English forum Feedback
    I love SAMity -- you're basically the only lightweight distro that offers OpenOffice on your live CD. Since I'm a writer rather than a programmer, and dealing with a 700MHz laptop, both traits are pretty much a necessity!

    After running into some problems with the recent release, though, I wanted to mention that it would be very helpful if we could have the live CD md5sum on the homepage or something.

    Heck, maybe since SAMity isn't wildly popular yet, you could get some universities to serve the ISOs so we can use wget/gwget or FTP rather than relying on Firefox not borking the download? ;-)
    "Successful people don't have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward." -- Dr. Ben Carson

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