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Can I install an OS with 128mb memory stick and card reader.

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I have a memory card reader and 128mb can i install fedora/suse/mandriva with it? How? Just copy and paste the iso file.

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ambiguous

Do you mean install an OS onto the removable storage, or install it using the removable storage instead of installation CDs/DVD?

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install using the removable storage instead of installation CD

yea this one.

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Total confusion
fr0zenmon wrote:

yea this one.

Which one? a thing mentioned two different possibilities. ;-)

So, do you want to
[ ] install from CD onto the memory-stick/cardreader?
or
[ ] install from the memory-stick/cardreader onto your harddisc?

Please check one. ;-)

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Look at the title of his

Look at the title of his reply Eye .

The answer is as follows:
1 install on the memory stick / card
2 boot from the stick / card
3 install to harddisk from there

It seems puppy linux can do it

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Oh yes. Sorry. Well,

Oh yes. Sorry.
Well, usually I don't read the titles, maybe I should change that. ;-)

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two problems

1. If the computer's so old that it doesn't have a CD drive (which it sounds like yours doesn't), its BIOS probably doesn't support booting from USB.

2. The only distro that would fit on 128MB is DSL.

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still, it seams unlikely

still, it seams unlikely that your machine can book from USB to me, though laptopscan be special cases.

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only DSL?
a thing wrote:

2. The only distro that would fit on 128MB is DSL.

Not true. Puppy would also fit easily (the iso is about 85 MB)

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it can handle it has a dvddrive swappable and has usb port

but i dont have easy ways to burn discs and i do have media sticks around. I try to use removable media thats non-moving i.e. memory sticks, compact flash. I find this media easier to handle and is natively rewritable.

dsl and puppy i had a feeling that would be the case. I was hoping for fedora or suse as well. Is there a way to take a minimal install less than or equal 128mb?

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floppies

I think your only choices are:
1. Install from floppies.
2. Get a CD and/or DVD drive.
3. Get a whole new computer.

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what about net intalls

how does that work? any issues with dualbooting.

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could work

If you booted from a floppy, you might be able to do that, depending if the floppy had drivers for whatever you use to connect to a network.

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