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    Poor Man's Install to one NTFS partition; can it be done?

    Hi all,

    I have been searching these formus (fora?) and the Knoppix wiki for a while now. I have found several different discussions regarding "Poor man's install". There are various theories on running Knoppix from one single HD partition, and I have managed to get it done myself ... from a FAT partition. My question is: can it be done from one single NTFS parition?

    I know the answer must be someone around here ... perhaps I am just looking in the wrong place, perhaps this simply cannot be done. Can some kind sould give me a gentle shove in the right direction.

    Thanx for looking.

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    Re: Poor Man's Install to one NTFS partition; can it be done

    Quote Originally Posted by SiKing
    Hi all,
    I have been searching these formus (fora?) and the Knoppix wiki for a while now. I have found several different discussions regarding "Poor man's install". There are various theories on running Knoppix from one single HD partition, and I have managed to get it done myself ... from a FAT partition. My question is: can it be done from one single NTFS parition?
    I know the answer must be someone around here ... perhaps I am just looking in the wrong place, perhaps this simply cannot be done. Can some kind sould give me a gentle shove in the right direction.
    Thanx for looking.
    Yes I have done it and I use it evey day.
    The trick is to use a special port of grub: grldr which is started from the Windows boot loader (ntldr) via an extra line in the boot.ini
    and a new boot ramdisk: minirt_usb2.gz which includes and loads the ntfs linux kernel module
    and also includes a patched linuxrc boot script to allow knoppix to boot from the iso cd image located in the ntfs partition.
    Please have a look in here to find all the details about it:
    http://www.knoppix.net/forum/viewtop...?p=97923#97923
    The minirt_usb2.gz boot ramdisk will also allow you to boot Knoppix from a ISO file located on fat12/16/32, ext2/3 or reiser partition.
    Moreover, it will allow you to change the hostname of the machine with a fixed or dynamic name (network_hw_address or time)
    and has a bug fix for using the USB2.0 kernel module on USB2.0 hardware (instead of always using the slow USB1 kernel module).
    Cheers,
    Gilles

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    Thanx for the link and advice. However, I think I am still doing something wrong.

    I got all the "preliminaries" done: grldr, installed grub in c:\boot\grub (or /dev/hda1/boot/grub, which is NTFS), got the KNOPPIX image and linux kernel in c:\boot\KNOPPIX along with your initrd file.
    After booting Knoppix, I get up to
    Code:
    RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
    RAMDISK: incomplete write (-28 != 32768) 4194304
    Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(1,3)
    So what now?

    Very much appreciate your time and patience, SiKing.

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