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Message 2053939 - Posted: 23 Jul 2020, 21:39:10 UTC
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I'm now the owner of 4 Intel Atom based netbooks or similar devices.

The oldest is a Samsung NC10, which used to run various BOINC projects under Windows XP Home
I recently upgraded it to to Puppy Linux 32bit.

I also have an Acer Aspire One 533, which had Windows 7 when I got it.

I have a Dell Inspiron Mini 1010 which has hardware issues.

The newest machine is an Acer SW5-014 running Windows 10.

All 4 machines came with licensed copies of MS Windows.

More to follow...
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Message 2053941 - Posted: 23 Jul 2020, 22:25:48 UTC - in response to Message 2053939.  

The Puppy Linux support forums were hosted at http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy

Unfortunately the owner of this domain died recently.
Many of the references are currently lost, although i believe some other community members are trying to get some of the support content re-hosted elsewhere.

I didn't know about the loss of the support website when I chose to install Puppy, instead of a different distro of Linux.

Can anyone recommend an easier route to take ?
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Message 2053948 - Posted: 23 Jul 2020, 23:30:05 UTC
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Take a look at Distrowatch for 32-bit distros?

Hope you're not too spoilt for choice?!


Aside: Yes, I can recommend Puppy Linux. Myself, on an old 32-bit system, I'm running Devuan GNU+Linux.

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Message 2053951 - Posted: 24 Jul 2020, 0:27:05 UTC - in response to Message 2053948.  

Thanks Martin

Did you know of John Murga ?
Apparently he was an active member of the Linux development community.

The missing status of his forums makes it difficult when I try to find an answer online, as many Google searches point to http://murga-linux.com

One annoying thing that I'm trying to fix is the powerapplet_tray.
It doesn't update correctly on my Samsung, or Acer One. I think others have experienced the same issue.

I currently have one charger between 2 working netbooks. The Dell also appears to use the same charger, but it tries to power on for a few seconds, then shuts down.
I'm concentrating on 2 working netbooks for now.
I have managed to get the HDD out of the Dell Mini 10, and I have a USB drive caddy to try to recover data from it.
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Message 2054496 - Posted: 1 Aug 2020, 15:25:43 UTC

OK, I've been concentrating on the Aspire One 533 for the last few days.

I can boot Puppy 32bit successfully, with working sound and correct screen resolution.
I can boot from HDD or USB.
The CPU is 64bit capable, so I tried to install the 64bit version of Puppy, without much success.

I have also downloaded 64bit Ubuntu 20.04

After countless install attempts, I eventually managed to get 800x600 screen resolution, and very quiet sounds.
I originally tried to get Ubuntu running on the same drive as Puppy on different partitions, but something didn't want to play, so I eventually wiped all the partitions and did a clean install.
It runs very slowly in 1gb RAM, and I haven't been able to get the correct display resolution.

I subsequently wiped it again because of problems with the boot loader.

I have heard of Lubuntu, and downloaded 2 different 64bit versions, but I am still having problems with creating a multi boot, or single boot installer on USB.
I have about 6 or 7 different USB thumb drives and SD cards of various sizes from 1gb up to 64gb.

My current problem is creating a Lubuntu boot USB from Puppy.
I am probably missing something obvious, but I just need a way to create a single or preferably multi boot Linux USB boot drive under Linux

I have used the YUMI creator from Windows 7, but I no longer have a working Win 7 system, I do have working Windows 10 and XP systems, and also several different Android tablets and phones.

Any help please ?
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Message 2054500 - Posted: 1 Aug 2020, 16:51:54 UTC

Rufus is the best USB boot creator in Windows.
Balena Etcher is the best USB boot creator in Linux.
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Message 2054511 - Posted: 1 Aug 2020, 22:18:39 UTC - in response to Message 2054500.  
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Thanks Keith.

I have downloaded Etcher for 32bit Linux, I see that it's also available for Win
First run I seem to be missing a dependency.
At least I'm getting an error message, but the window is too small to see the complete message, with no way to enlarge it !
I'm going to look for a Log File, and also try to install again so that I am not missing dependencies.

[Edit]
I've tried putting the app and the image file in the same directory.
Etcher loads, I select the ISO, select a writeable Flash Drive with enough space.
Hit Flash, Starting...

About 10 seconds later:

Attention, Something went wrong...
There are about 20 lines of error reports, but the popup window can't be expanded or the content copied !

At the end I just have Cancel or Retry buttons !

I can't find a logfile to copy, could I create one by running in Terminal or Console ?

Getting late, Help please.
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