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Concept & Installation

Basic system (description and download)

Addons (description and download)

Boot options

Man Pages

Concept of SPB-Linux 2:

Installation of SPB-Linux 2: (back to top)

folders and files: basic system 

Steps to get the basic system:

  • unpack disk1.zip and write disk1.raw with dd (linux) or rawrite.exe (windows) to a formatted 1.44 MB floppy disk
    and unpack then the files of disk1.zip with folder structure to the floppy disk (details)
  • unpack disk2.zip (with folder structure) on a second 1.44 MB floppy disk (details)
  • boot with the first floppy disk and insert the second floppy disk when asked
    (if you want to use the small system you need disk2b.zip instead of disk2.zip)
  • to see the boot messages use ctrl+o and then shift+page up

folders and files: addons 

Steps to load addons from usb storage media:

  • create the first boot floppy disk as described for the basic system
  • put the contents of disk2.zip on the usb storage (i.e. file init6.gz in folder /spblinux)
  • create inside folder /spblinux the subfolders basics, doc, net, video (for mplayer), other
  • put the addons which you want to use into these subfolders
  • plug in your usb storage device and boot with the first floppy disk

folders and files: boot from usb 

 Steps to boot from usb storage media: short version

  • download usbboot.zip (5.6MB); (basic system and disktool, libs, smb_cl, plip, zipunzip, directfb, doc_all)
  • unzip usbboot.zip with folders to your usb storage device
  • look at readme.txt in the folder spbsetup to install the bootsector (from win9x/ME or from winNT/2k/XP or from linux)

 Steps to boot from usb storage media: detailed version

  • run the basic system from floppy disks and switch with alt+F2 to the second console (alt+F1 switches back to the first console)
  • then plug in your usb storage device and watch for a message like
    scsi1: SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices ... sda: sda1
  • run makebootable /dev/sda1 (or makebootable /dev/sda1 -mbr; details)
  • mount device sda1 by typing mount /sda1 and switch back to the first console (alt+F1)
  • copy the files from disk1.zip and disk2.zip with folder structure to folder /sda1 (details)
    (typing enter when disk1.zip is active in midnight commander opens the archive disk1.zip, - if addon zipunzip.bz2 is loaded) 
  • create subfolders basics, doc, net, video, other inside folder spblinux and copy addons to these subfolders.
  • try to boot from your usb storage device; use bios option: boot from USB-ZIP (memory sticks) or USB-HD (compact flash readers)

folders and files: boot from harddisk with grub 

 Steps to boot from harddisk:

  • decide into which partition on the harddisk the SPB-Linux files shall be copied
  • copy the folder /boot with all files from first SPB-Linux boot floppy to folder /boot on the selected partition of the harddisk
  • copy the folder /spblinux with all files from second SPB-Linux boot floppy to folder /spblinux on the selected partition of the harddisk
  • copy any addons to /spblinux (or subfolders of /spblinux) as described above
  • if the files have been copied with windows then reboot with SPB-Linux (from floppydisk 1 and 2) and try to mount the harddisk partition with the folders /boot and /spblinux
        e.g. type mount /dev/hda1 /mnt to mount the first partition of the first IDE harddisk.
  • boot from the first SPB-Linux boot floppy and, when the grub bootmenu is displayed, type c to get the command prompt of bootloader grub
  • on the grub command line:
    • help gives the available commands
    • help mycommand gives information about the grub command mycommand
    • root (hd0,0) switches to the first hardisk (the bios determines which harddisk is the first) and selects the first partition; (hd0,1) selects the second partition...
    • cat /boot/grub/menu.lst displays the contents of the file menu.lst (this command allows to check if the right partition and harddisk is selected)
  • take a note which grub command (root (hd0,0) or root (hd0,1) ...) gives you access to the SPB-Linux files
  • if
    • you know that playing with boot loaders can make a system unbootable
    • you have a working (!!!) boot floppy for your system
    • you can undo changes to the mbr (master boot record):
      • 9x/ME/NT4 users need DOS fdisk on their boot floppy to repair the mbr with fdisk /mbr
      • 2k/XP users need the windows installation CD to boot into the recovery console (command fixmbr)
      • Linux users should save a copy of the mbr with dd
    • you know, that your existing bootloader is not installed into the mbr

    then you can install the bootloader grub into the mbr using the grub commandline
     (you have to replace hd0,0 with the values for your partition):

    • root (hd0,0)  
    • install /boot/grub/stage2 d (hd0,0) /boot/grub/stage2 p 
  • the last step is to edit the grub boot menu file /boot/grub/menu.lst:
    • the command root (...)
    • and the parameter root=/dev/... have to be edited
    • example:
      root (hd0,0)
      kernel /boot........... root=/dev/hda1
  • try to boot from harddisk

Configuration details can be found on the boot options page

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