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Offline spark

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Hi,

I want a step by step instruction with most simplicity on how to install TC x64 on my laptop. Its not bootable from fat32.

Before you yell at me about looking at the forums for the answers,
Its been nuisance to browse all the threads on this forum for this question.
I want to go back to simpler times and make software light.

Thank you.

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Re: Can I get a beginner friendly guide to installing tinycore x64 from usb?
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2023, 08:54:42 AM »
Do you want to boot from hd or a usb stick?

Does your laptop have a version of linux on it already?

Does your laptop have a cd/dvd drive?

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Re: Can I get a beginner friendly guide to installing tinycore x64 from usb?
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2023, 09:13:01 AM »
I would like this post to be a defacto "the thread post" for beginner installers. I have a previous windows laptop with just a boot loader running.

So lets go over scenarios

1. I would like to boot TC from HD. I have another computer to download iso and mount it on usb for booting. However the laptop doesnt support FAT32 for me to install TC, I get taken to the terminal prompt.
1a) single bootable partition
1b) multiple partitions (TC could be a sandbox partition environment for me to boot up code, I may have another partition for a linux distro to do dev work)
2. I would like to also know how to get TC X64 running from usb only.

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Re: Can I get a beginner friendly guide to installing tinycore x64 from usb?
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2023, 09:21:53 AM »
Does your laptop have a version of linux on it already?

Does your laptop have a cd/dvd drive?

Which boot loader does your previous windows laptop have on it?

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Re: Can I get a beginner friendly guide to installing tinycore x64 from usb?
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2023, 09:33:16 AM »
standard windows boot manager

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Re: Can I get a beginner friendly guide to installing tinycore x64 from usb?
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2023, 09:34:32 AM »
..and the answer to the other two questions?

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Re: Can I get a beginner friendly guide to installing tinycore x64 from usb?
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2023, 10:12:01 AM »
atm my bios did get corrupted trying to install different distros. I got TC installed in unsafe mode though it only loads the terminal. update : I have installed a temporary linux distro.

assume no os installed.

no cd drive.
« Last Edit: October 09, 2023, 10:16:33 AM by spark »

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Re: Can I get a beginner friendly guide to installing tinycore x64 from usb?
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2023, 11:15:38 AM »
If you managed to get tinycore to boot to the console prompt and you have a wired internet connection you can download a basic gui with the following commands:
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tce-load -wil Xorg-7.7 flwm aterm wbar
startx
« Last Edit: October 09, 2023, 11:17:51 AM by Juanito »

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Re: Can I get a beginner friendly guide to installing tinycore x64 from usb?
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2023, 12:00:02 PM »
I want a step by step instruction with most simplicity

- create partitions
- install a boot-loader
- copy the files
- create/configure boot-loader menu paths


on how to install TC x64 on my laptop. Its not bootable from fat32.

why tc ?
once you have a boot loader installed you can copy any distro's files (including tc ^.^)


I want to go back to simpler times and make software light.

try creating a disk image and following the above steps
then test it all works in a virtual machine (eg:qemu)
 ???
... then (if!?it?works?) consider writing the image to some physical media !
« Last Edit: October 09, 2023, 12:02:30 PM by mocore »

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Re: Can I get a beginner friendly guide to installing tinycore x64 from usb?
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2023, 12:11:49 PM »
standard windows boot manager

no such boot loader exists
(way OT see also .en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Microsoft_Windows_versions )

options for booting afaik include

- efi (32 or 64 bit) loader
and/or
- bios(legacy) loader

then comes the choice of partition table mbr OR gpt

any hw/config could have some combinations of the above , and perhaps if your lucky  ;) some bugs / quirks

ftr & considering
I would like this post to be a defacto "the thread post" for beginner installers.

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Re: Can I get a beginner friendly guide to installing tinycore x64 from usb?
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2023, 01:39:55 PM »
Lots of valuable information missing and others clearly wrong; It is impossible to give a clear and satisfactory answer in this way.

standard windows boot manager
no such boot loader exists
Indeed. Unfortunately I don't remember how it was displayed in BIOS mode (maybe nothing, just the name of the device/HD?) but, in UEFI mode, Windows creates a UEFI entry in the bios called Windows Boot Manager, so I suppose the topic author is confusing these things.


As well as this
atm my bios did get corrupted trying to install different distros.
Which to me doesn't make much sense since a distro installation, supposedly (to the common user) does absolutely nothing other than insert a new entry in UEFI and simply mess up the boots list.
This can be resolved with clear cmos, but if this is too difficult, it is very easy to manually delete these entries with uefibootmgr.

If he is actually using UEFI, this statement
However the laptop doesn't support FAT32
It is completely incorrect since FAT32 is, unfortunately, REQUIRED to use UEFI.