[SATLUG] Via C7 Eden and booting from USB (Ubuntu, Debian... other?)

Tim corpustexn at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 30 08:09:41 CDT 2009




--- On Tue, 6/30/09, jaret <jaret at aberlorn.com> wrote:

> From: jaret <jaret at aberlorn.com>
> Subject: Re: [SATLUG]  Via C7 Eden and booting from USB (Ubuntu, Debian... other?)
> To: "The San Antonio Linux User's Group Mailing List" <satlug at satlug.org>
> Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 1:04 AM
> Ah-ha!  I got it.  I had to
> enable "Use USB Legacy Keyboard" in the BIOS.  Now I'm
> able to install ubuntu 9.04 i386 (server) from my usb flash
> drive. The install goes slow but it will finish - patience.
> I created the pen drive boot files using syslinux as opposed
> to using unetbootin. I did try unetbootin with debian but it
> didn't work for me. I followed the syslinux tutorial here:
> 
> http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-install-ubuntu-linux-from-usb-stick.html
> 
> Also, I think it was Bruce who asked recently what
> router/firewalls people use... I'm trying to build one with
> the via c7 chipset for around $200. It has one 10/100/1000
> lan but I got the jetway motherboard which has an expansion
> slot for 10/100/1000 lan. The expansion slot only works on
> certain models. The case is book-size. There is a small fan
> and the power supply is 12Volt, 60W.  Hopefully this
> works great as a home router and saves on electricity.
> Unsure what the "uptime" will be but from newegg posts it
> sounds like people have been running via c7 firewall/routers
> successfully.  If anyone wants exact hardware specs,
> let me know.
> 
> ~Jaret
> 
> 
> 
> jaret wrote:
> > Hi everyone,
> > 
> > Has anyone installed linux on a via c7 from usb pen
> drive?  Any distribution tips?
> > 
> > The problem I'm having is either hardware related or
> linux distro. I don't know. Help?  I recently purchased
> a via c7 eden and am going to get where I can try Tweek's
> firewall setup as in http://xcssa.org/files/XCSSA-SOHO-Firewall-DMZ-Web/img0.html. 
> But I digress... The case doesn't have any hard-drives in it
> nor does it have a cd-rom.  I am using two usb pen
> drives.  One usb is set to boot ubuntu 9.04 i386. When
> the via turns on, it boots ubuntu and gets to the "select
> language" intro, which is the first ubuntu install
> screen.  At this point the keyboard is not responsive.
> There are lights on the keyboard, so I know it is drawing
> power from the usb slot. I'm using a dell usb-keyboard. I've
> even tried plugging the keyboard usb into a usb-to-ps/2
> adapter. (It has the picture of a mouse on it but isn't this
> the same spec?)... No responsiveness from the keyboard
> still.
> > 
> > I then used unetbootin to put debian stable on a usb
> pen drive but the via just hangs on the initial bios screen
> and before debian installer can go. (I didn't use unetbootin
> for Ubuntu 9.04 - just the debian distro for sake of
> comparison.)
> > 
> > It'll be a few days but I've got a slim CD drive
> hidden away and somewhere I might have a different
> keyboard... but maybe the via needs a special distro of
> linux to work?  (Not i386? -- or use something other
> than a debian-based distro) Maybe it's not hardware
> related?
> > 
> > Thanks for any help,
> > 
> > Jaret
> > 
> > Wow.  I replied to your first post, then go check my spam folder, and yahoo has decided one of your messages is spam, and of course its the one where you answered your own question.  Yahooooooooooo!
> 
> 
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