# Bootstrapping a DSL installment onto an equipment without BIOS boot assistance

I have a classic 2001 laptop computer (Vaio R505) which is really equipment minimal. The good news is there is much that jobs, yet I can not figure just how to make it function much better. Both largest restraints are 256MB RAM and also no saggy or CD and also it can not boot from a USB drive due to the fact that the BIOS is old.

It does have adequate disk for a diminished WinXP dividing, an Ubuntu Lucid dividing, swap, and also 60MB unallocated. Also disrobed Xubuntu installment with a personalized constructed marginal bit is a little also heavyweight for the tiny core and also ultra-slow swap.

I would certainly such as to install Damn Small Linux due to the fact that it is made for equipments of this vintage and also specifications yet I can not identify just how to get it filled. To get Xubuntu on, I began WUBI in home windows which is made to after that install Unbuntu. My bootloader is currently GRUB2 and also gladly boots Linux or XP (which I maintain around for no excellent factor).

I'm virtually particular that placing the appropriate products on my free dividing and also informing GRUB concerning the DSL installment is feasible, I simply do not recognize what the appropriate products are.

As this is a rather weird condition and also I can rolling a personalized bit, I'm primarily seeking reminders to details to debunk the boot process and also what update-grub demands to attend add DSL to the boot-list.

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2019-05-07 01:17:54
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You claim, you look extra for reminder on just how to get details than a concrete solution. Below is such a reminder : You encounter the very same trouble as individuals renting out a committed web server running a circulation they do not such as. They additionally have accessibility to the equipment over network, and also need to bootstrap a various other distro. Searching for "committed web server bootstrap linux" on Google offers me a lot of hits ...

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2019-05-12 03:43:17
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You can install Linux under a chrooted setting (from your existing Ubuntu). I can not locate a DSL overview now yet this Gentoo guide might aid.

Including the new install to the boot food selection is as very easy as running update-grub (there is a manuscript that attempts to penetrate your disk drive and also includes points as it locates). If that does not function, by hand including a new access to Grub2 is simply vim /etc/grub.d/40_custom and also update-grub once more (this Ubuntu guide showed up first from googling).

All the best!

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2019-05-10 23:38:07
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Since you currently have grub mounted the tough component is currently done. To continue :

1. create a dividing in your 60 MEGABYTES unallocated room, create filesystem
2. Boot right into ubuntu
3. loop - back place the iso
4. cp the materials to your new filesystem
mount /mnt/$SOURCE/current.iso /mnt/iso -t iso9660 -o loop=/dev/loop0 cp -r /mnt/iso/KNOPPIX /mnt/$TARGET