USB Linux Install

Create usb net inst device for x41 tablet. Because of conflicts with SATA and the usb cdrom I couldn’t get an install to work with the usb cdrom. I could get the installer to start, but it wouldn’t detect the hard drive no matter what I did. I tried loading t he drivers manually, but nothing worked. I decided to try my luck with an old Lexar Jump Drive (256M). It worked! See my notes below.

  • Partition usb key (/dev/sda) – cfdisk /dev/sda
  • Create msdos filesystem on partition – mkdosfs /dev/sda1
  • Run syslinux on partition – syslinux /dev/sda1
  • Mount the partition – mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
  • Copy the files from here to /mnt
  • Copy the net inst iso to the partition -
  • Run lilo on the drive to create MBR – lilo -M /dev/sda
  • Unmount the partition – umount /mnt
  • Try your luck!

Create Image over network in Linux

Create image of hdd over network with linux

Copy Image over network

# on receiving machine
nc -l -p 9000 | dd of=tablet.sda
# on sending machine
dd if=/dev/sda | nc 10.1.0.3 9000