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    How do I make a cheat-code permanent on Knoppix 8.6.1?

    Summary:

    How do I make the following cheat-code permanent on knoppix 8.6.1 on usb stick,
    because filesystem type is iso9660 (read-only) and won't let me edit
    /mnt-system/boot/isolinux/isolinux.cfg.

    Cheat code entered at boot prompt: knoppix xmodule=vesa


    Full Details:

    I've just put knoppix 8.6.1 on a usb stick (persistence was there by default).
    But X Window won't display unless I enter the cheat-code "knoppix xmodule=vesa"
    at the initial boot prompt.

    Incidentally, when using Knoppix 7.7.1 on a usb stick, on the EXACT SAME laptop
    (Acer Aspire 5755G), I don't need the cheat-code.

    I'd like to not have to type the cheat-code in every time I boot the 8.6.1, and
    believe that I can achieve that by adding "xmodule=vesa" as a kernel parameter
    on an "APPEND" line in /boot/isolinux/isolinux.cfg.

    I can get to that file using the path
    /mnt-system/boot/isolinux/isolinux.cfg.

    But it won't let me write to that file because /mnt-system is mounted read
    only. When I try to remount /mnt-system as read-write, it says "write-protected."

    /UNIONFS is mounted as read-write, but the path /UNIONFS/boot/isolinux/ does not
    exist.

    I understand that because partition 1 (the main Knoppix system) is filesystem
    type iso9660*, that it is by definition read-only. (*On which I believe
    /boot/isolinux/isolinux.cfg sits).

    Main Question:

    So could you tell me please, what method I need to use to make my cheat-code
    permanent?

    Reason for Using 8.6.1:

    I'm trying out 8.6.1 because it has a newer kernel than 7.7.1, and I've read
    that a newer kernel might fix my problem of downloads halting when the lid is
    closed. I've already tried many lid disabling methods, but none of them prevent
    the downloading from halting.
    Last edited by winger9; 01-02-2020 at 10:26 PM. Reason: text improvement

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