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Bootable SD/MMC on Amilo Pro V2000

Postby theboss » Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:59 pm

I was wondering if the SD/MMC reader on Amilo Pro V2000 was bootable to start a distro like Puppy or DSL. The BIOS setup in boot priority menu has an option for "Removable Drive" but not sure where this option points to. I have tried booting from USB with no luck. I was thinking to get Linux distro on this abandoned notebook and use it for learning Slackware. The screen is broken so im using external LCD on VGA port and CD-ROM is dead as well. Only option is to boot it from something else since repairing is not really viable from economic point..just not worth the expense.
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Postby snyggsomfan » Wed Sep 12, 2007 11:58 am

I don't think so, on my amilo pro 3205 the cardreader is not bootable. The "removable device" is probaly ment for a usb discette-drive.
However I use puppy on an expresscard in the expresscard slot wich is much nicer than USB-stick since it doesn't jets out from the notebook - I asume thats why u want to use the card?
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Postby theboss » Wed Sep 12, 2007 2:06 pm

good idea..what are you installing in express slot?? This is an old unit so it has PCMCIA. I will think of installing something bootable in the slot..like CF / SD reader or something?? what do you think??
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Postby hikaru » Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:12 pm

@snyggsomfan:
Sorry for reanimating this dead thread, but as you did nearly exactly the same that I'd like to do, I have some questions.
V3205 and Si 1520 are nearly identical, so your experiences should help me.

I'd like to boot Debian from a SDHC-card in an Expresscard-Cardreader. Do you use an Expresscard-SSD or a Cardreader+Card?

Did you try to suspend the HDD via hdparm -Y or something similar?

What have you done to prevent the OS from permanently writing to the flash-memory?
In VirtualBox I successfully tested to install debian without swap; mount /tmp, /var/log, /var/lock, /var/run and /var/tmp to a tmpfs and mount the HDD with ext2 and noatime.
Additionally I created a 512MB ramdisk to store data in a single session.
Is there something more (still reasonable) that can be done to reduce the write-accesses to the drive?
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