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Thread: USB and text mode

  1. #1
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    Dec 2004

    USB and text mode

    I'm trying add USB ports to a computer (Pentium1, 32Mb RAM, Win95) in order to use a USB storage device. Since Win95 won't recognize new USB devices, will I be able to use Knoppix (currently downloading) in text mode to write/download files off of a USB thumb drive? I don't think I'll be able to run the GUI with so little RAM.

    Thanks in advance

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    Nov 2002
    Long Island, NY USA
    Yes you should be able to use the USB drive in text mode. With the power off, insert the USB data device into the USB port. Next boot off of Knoppix with the boot prompt
    knoppix 2 vga=normal
    It will boot up & get you to a command prompt. USB devices shouls be detected as either /dev/sda or /dev/sdb. In order to copy data from the hard drive to the USB device you will first need to mount both devices. For the C: drive use the following.
    mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/hda1
    Then check if you can see the C: drive's files
    ls /mnt/hda1
    For the USB drive use
    mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1
    See if you can write to the USB device
    touch /mnt/sda1/testfile && ls /mnt/sda1
    If this is successful then you can now begin copying file from the C: drive to the USB device.
    cp -v /mnt/hda1/autoexec.bat /mnt/sda1/
    I hope this helps.

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    Dec 2004
    Great! Thanks for the info

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