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I am a huge fan of free (as in freedom) software, such as GNU/Linux, but my bread and butter (unfortunately) has often come from working with Windows as a computer repair technician.  I started playing video games on an Atari C380 at around 7 years old, began programming in BASIC on a neighbor’s VIC-20 at about 9, and was hacking away on my first computer, a C64, by 10.  I have an A.S. degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET).  I worked in IT (and occasionally web design/development) professionally from 1996-2014, and am now a full-time software engineer.  As you might have guessed by now, science and technology are and were my first love.  😉

I picked the nick “g33kgrrl” with “g33k” first, because I am first and foremost a geek… being female is secondary to what I do.  “Grrl” is a term embodying female geeks and/or feminists and/or political progressives.  I fall under all of these categories, so it seemed rather fitting.

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  1. Dean permalink
    December 28, 2009 10:05 pm

    I tried your “poor man’s” install, for my ‘puter completely fits the needs of one. I went all the way though the instructions, trying to install PCLinuxOS, but it stalled at “Probing SCSI devices”

    So! I downloaded Kubuntu, and I’m trying to install it, but when I get past the Grub loader, it quits, “File Not Found”

    History:

    I have a 2 hard drive system. 10G that came with the system (Compaq Presairo 5BW, PIII) and a 500G Hitachi Deskstar. I had problems initially setting all that up, but it’s setup successfully.

    Fdisk -l shows:

    /dev/hda1 /dev/hdb1
    /dev/hda2 /dev/hdb2
    /dev/hda3 /dev/hdb3
    /dev/hdb4

    I’m trying to install to /dev/hdb1.

    This is my /boot/grub/menu.lst file:

    timeout 15
    color cyan/blue white/blue
    foreground ffffff
    background 0639a1
    gfxmenu /boot/grub/message

    title MEPIS at hda1, newest kernel
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda1 nomce quiet splash vga=791 resume=/dev/hda2
    initrd /boot/initrd.img
    boot

    title MEPIS at hda1, previous kernel (if any)
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz.old root=/dev/hda1 nomce quiet splash vga=791
    resume=/dev/hda2
    boot

    title MEPIS at hda1, kernel 2.6.27-1-mepis-smp
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-1-mepis-smp root=/dev/hda1 nomce quiet
    splash vga=791 resume=/dev/hda2 /mnt/mepis/boot/grub/menu.lst
    boot

    title MEPIS at hdb1, newest kernel
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb1 nomce quiet splash vga=791 resume=/dev/hdb2
    initrd /boot/initrd.img
    boot

    title MEPIS at hdb1, previous kernel (if any)
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz.old root=/dev/hdb1 nomce quiet splash vga=791
    resume=/dev/hdb2
    boot

    title MEPIS at hdb1, kernel 2.6.27-1-mepis-smp
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-1-mepis-smp root=/dev/hdb1 nomce quiet
    splash vga=791 resume=/dev/hdb2 /mnt/mepis/boot/grub/menu.lst

    boot

    title Kubuntu virtual liveCD
    kernel (hd1,0)/casper/vmlinuz livecd=livecd initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/rd/3 acpi=on vga=791 splash=verbose fstab=rw,auto
    initrd (hd1,0)/casperx/initrd.lz

    boot

    The file that the boot freezes with error is: the “kernel” line.

    All the generated files are in /mtd/livecd.

    /mtd/iso is empty.

    What have I done wrong?

    Please, if you can find the time, email me at country0129@yahoo.com

    And I’d be forever in your debt.

    Thanks,

    Dean

  2. Satish permalink
    May 9, 2010 9:44 pm

    Hi, I have read(& followed) your article regarding installing Linux using Internal Hard drive, in which upto the 3/4 of the article,the explained procedure can be done from any Linux distro live cd,and the later part you expect the user to have a Linux distro installed in his/her computer in order to complete the procedure explained in the article. But what if the user doesn’t have any linux distro installed in his/her computer, how can we install a Linux distro, without any cd/dvd or usb, by just using internal hard drive,with no other Linux installation installed in the computer previously.
    I have tried your method in my windows 7 machine(note:windows 7 machines use a 100 MB system partition as active partition to boot the windows 7 OS), in which I don’t have any Linux distro installed. I could not complete the method because of the reason I said earlier. Can u kindly suggest a solution or a method to install a Linux distro using internal hard drive without having any Linux distro installed in the system already or previously.

  3. April 3, 2013 9:09 pm

    Hi, I have read your articles and I think you’re awesome! I think I love you…. How do you feel about internet stalkers?

    • g33kgrrl permalink*
      April 3, 2013 10:29 pm

      Tell you what. As long as you fix your own stuff and don’t make me do any tech support for you, knock yourself out. 😉

      We should figure out a way to visit sometime, my friend. It’s been way too long.

      • April 3, 2013 10:34 pm

        Soon! I’ll be down again to see all me m8’s, you’ll be at the top of the list. G33KF3ST 4tw!

      • g33kgrrl permalink*
        April 3, 2013 10:44 pm

        Causing trouble is just not the same without you. 😉

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