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Just trying Linux Puppy but it's prompting me to browse to an ISO file. What would that be and where would I find it?


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Full instructions for Puppy below;

 

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***Required Hardware*** 

CD Burner (CDRW) Drive, 

Blank CD, 

Extra Storage Device (USB Flash Drive, External Hard Drive)  

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1. Save these files to your Desktop/Burn Your Live CD:

  • Download Latest Puppy Linux ISO (i.e.: lupu-528.iso) 

    Download BurnCDCC ISO Burning Software 

     

    There are instructions on how to boot from flash drive with puppy here; http://www.pendrivel...e-from-windows/ 

     

     

  • Open BurnCDCC with Windows Explorer 

  • Extract All files to a location you can remember 

  • Double Click 1%20BurnCDCC%20Icon.PNG BurnCDCC 

  • Click Browse 2%20BurnCDCC%20Browse%20Button.PNG and navigate to the Puppy Linux ISO file you just downloaded 

  • Open/Double Click that file 

    IMPORTANT: Adjust the speed bar to CD: 4x DVD: 1x 

  • Click Start 3%20BurnCDCC%20Start%20Button.PNG 

  • Your CD Burner Tray will open automatically 

  • Insert a blank CD and close the tray 

  • Click OK 

Puppy Linux Live CD will now be created 

 

2. Set your boot priority in the BIOS to CD-ROM first, Hard Drive Second 

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  • Start the computer/press the power button 

  • Immediately start tapping the appropriate key to enter the BIOS, aka "Setup" 

    (Usually shown during the "Dell" screen, or "Gateway" Screen) 

  • Once in the BIOS, under Advanced BIOS Options change boot priority to: 

    CD-ROM 1st, Hard Drive 2nd 

  • Open your ROM drive and insert the disk 

  • Press F10 to save and exit 

  • Agree with "Y" to continue 

  • Your computer will restart and boot from the Puppy Linux Live CD 

     

    4%20BIOSBootPriorityImage.png 

 

 

 

3.  Recover Your Data 

  • Once Puppy Linux has loaded, it is actually running in your computer's Memory (RAM).  You will see a fully functioning Graphical User Interface similar to what you normally call "your computer".  Internet access may or may not be available depending on your machine, so it is recommended you print these instructions before beginning.  Also, double clicking is not needed in Puppy.  To expand, or open folders/icons, just click once.  Puppy is very light on resources, so you will quickly notice it is much speedier than you are used to.  This is normal.  Ready?  Let's get started. 

     

    3a. Mount Drives 

  • Click the Mount Icon located at the top left of your desktop. 5%20Puppy%20Linux%20Mount%20Icon.PNG 

  • A Window will open.  By default, the "drive" tab will be forward/highlighted.  Click on Mount for your hard drive. 

  • Assuming you only have one hard drive and/or partition, there may be only one selection to mount. 

  • USB Flash Drives usually automatically mount upon boot, but click the "usbdrv" tab and make sure it is mounted. 

  • If using an external hard drive for the data recovery, do this under the "drive" tab.  Mount it now. 

 

3b. Transfer Files.

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  • At the bottom left of your desktop a list of all hard drives/partitions, USB Drives, and Optical Drives are listed with a familiar looking hard drive icon. 

  • Open your old hard drive i.e. sda1 

  • Next, open your USB Flash Drive or External Drive. i.e. sdc or sdb1 

  • If you open the wrong drive, simply X out at the top right corner of the window that opens. (Just like in Windows) 

  • From your old hard drive, drag and drop whatever files/folders you wish to transfer to your USB Drive's Window. 

 

For The Novice:  The common path to your pictures, music, video, and documents folders for XP is: Documents and Settings >> All Users (or each individual name of each user, for Vista and above  C:\Users\$USERNAME\[...]. CHECK All Names!) >> Documents >> You will now see My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos

 

Remember to only click once!  No double clicking!  Once you drag and drop your first folder, you will notice a small menu will appear giving you the option to move or copy.  Choose COPY each time you drag and drop. 

 

YOU ARE DONE!!!  Simply click Menu >> Mouse Over Shutdown >> Reboot/Turn Off Computer.  Be sure to plug your USB Drive into another working windows machine to verify all data is there and transferred without corruption. Congratulations! 

 

 

 

PuppyLinux528screenshot.png 

 


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Now, I get to 3a and when I click on 'mount drive' the only optical drive that comes up is the ATAPI DVD-no hard drive at all! It's the only drive recognised, not even the USB.

Stumped.


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when I click on 'mount drive' the only optical drive that comes up is the ATAPI DVD-

 

 

We dont want to mount an optical drive but the above suggests that the DVD drive is at least detected.

 

So there are no icons anywhere that are labelled sda1 or sda2.

 

It is odd but not impossible that the two HDDs have failed at the same time.

 

Are you ok with working inside of a computer.


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Let's have a go. It'll be interesting.


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So there are no icons anywhere that are labelled sda1 or sda2.

 

 

Can you confirm this for us first please.


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Yep, no SDAs anywhere on the screen.


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Please make a note of where anything that you disconnect needs to be reconnected to later.

 

With the computer and other hardware already powered down, disconnect the mains power lead and anything that is connected to the computer, screen, printer etc.

 

Press the power on button to get rid of any residual charge from within the system.

 

Remove the side of the case.

 

Ground yourself on a bare metal part of the case or PSU.

 

Remove the CMOS battery (see attachment below) press the power button again for a few seconds.

 

Disconnect the power and SATA cables from both HDDs.

 

Replace the CMOS battery, attach only the screen and keyboard to the computer, connect the computer and screen to the mains power and turn on the power, let us know the outcome.

 

 


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ok, done that. At reboot a new screen came up saying that IDE channel 0 Master and Slave none(on 2 separate lines). CMOS checksum error - defaults loaded.

I pressed F1 to continue. The usual error messages occurred as previously mentioned. Tried to reboot but couldn't get to Linux Puppy. Went back to setup menu and realised that I had disconnected the SATA and power cables to the DVD! I did this because I thought that there would be 2 sets of power and data cables. I reconnected the dvd SATA and power cables. Linux puppy loaded. I clicked on Mount again and the same thing happened: the ATAPI DVD was the only optical mentioned.


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To avoid confusion and any possible mishaps please only do the suggested steps.

 

ok, done that. At reboot a new screen came up saying that IDE channel 0 Master and Slave none(on 2 separate lines). CMOS checksum error - defaults loaded.

 

 

This means that no HDDs were detected. 

 

I reconnected the dvd SATA and power cables. Linux puppy loaded. I clicked on Mount again and the same thing happened: the ATAPI DVD was the only optical mentioned.

 

 

As per my reply #19 we don`t want to mount the optical drive, you cannot in any event as they do not store data on them. 

 

So that we are clear on where we are up to can you tell us if both HDDs are still completely disconnected and have you reset the time and date in the BIOS.


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My problem is that the HDDs are sitting behind the DVD. I've removed one set of SATA and power cables. Should there be another set? I'll have another closer look.


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Each HDD will have its own SATA and power cable, remove the DVD drive from the computer altogether if you need to.

 

have you reset the time and date in the BIOS.

 


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Yep, reset the time. Just looking for this second pair of cables.


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Time and date correct, acknowledged, this would have caused a checksum error on its own if not set correctly.

 

If it helps any, you can just disconnect the hard to reach HDD from the SATA port on the MB. 


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That did occur to me. At the moment I can't see the other data cable's source from the motherboard.


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