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Offline 10binary

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successful tiny core install
« on: October 10, 2011, 08:58:21 AM »
Hi. I'm new and this is my first post. I'm currently running the minefield browser in tinycore.
I wrote the method I used to install it. I'm probably not the first to do such a thing but I imagine this may help
someone else who wants to install tinycore on an empty partition.

This is how I installed tinycore linux on my first partition. I did this using knoppix 6.4.4, which is running from
my second partition.

First, I changed to the directory where I downloaded the iso.

cd /mnt-system/iso/tinycore

Then I mounted it in a temporary place.

sudo mkdir /tmp/tinycore
sudo mount tinycore-current.iso -o loop=/dev/loop1 /tmp/tinycore

Then I copied the "boot" folder to my preformatted sda1 partition. I used the file manager
to copy since I'm lazy.

Then I added this entry to my existing menu.lst file.

title tinycore
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/bzImage quiet
initrd /boot/tinycore.gz

At first, it worked, but I was stuck at a 640x480 resolution.
Later on, after installing Xorg-7.6 and Xfbdev it worked at the usual 1024x768
resolution I'm used to.

In case you're interested, I boot knoppix from my second partition with this grub entry.

title Knoppix
rootnoverify (hd0,1)
kernel /boot-knoppix/isolinux/linux ramdisk_size=100000 lang=en vt.default_utf8=0 apm=power-off nomce libata.force=noncq loglevel=1 tz=localtime no3d
initrd /boot-knoppix/isolinux/minirt.gz

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Re: successful tiny core install
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2011, 09:33:39 AM »
Hi 10binary,  welcome aboard.

What you have described is the essence of a manual Tiny Core install.  When you go to update (*), you can save some of the earlier steps by downloading the "distribution files" (the kernel and tinycore.gz) directly instead of the iso file.  Also Tiny Core doesn't really need its own partition.

The wiki has a bit to say about installing.  There are easier ways, for those less familiar with Linux , though there's nothing wrong with doing it by hand.

(*) It sounds like you've got an older version of Tiny Core, in the 3.x series, as the file manager was removed from the Tiny Core base.  In the 4.x series, the kernel is vmlinuz instead of bzImage.

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