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Plop Linux / Re: Problem with bnx2 module
« Last post by The_Raven on November 20, 2019, 15:05:37 PM »
Thx for fast response!
But does this work with PXE booting?
Correct me if i am wrong, but first it loads kernel and initramfs. Then it connects the network and load the other files (usr.sqfs, lib.sqfs etc.).
But if the firmware is not present, it can't load the other files. ;)
Plop Linux / Re: Problem with bnx2 module
« Last post by Elmar on November 20, 2019, 14:53:14 PM »
Now, you have to use lib.sqfs for firmware updates.
Plop Linux / Re: Problem with bnx2 module
« Last post by The_Raven on November 20, 2019, 14:41:53 PM »
I tried to add firmware to plop 19.4 (initramfs.gz).
But after boot i have no folder /lib/firmware and firmware loading fails.
Has something changed in plop 19.4?
Boot Managers / boot directly to mSATA
« Last post by ieee488 on November 10, 2019, 16:46:56 PM »
I have a Lenovo X131e

I was able to install Windows 10 on a mSATA drive that is connected the WWAN slot in the laptop.

But the BIOS does not let me select the mSATA drive to boot. It is a known limitation of the BIOS.
I have purchased a mSATA to SATA adapter board.

But before it arrives, I was thinking it would be interesting to see if I can install Plop boot manager to SD card.
Boot from it, and then automatically have Windows 10 boot on the mSATA.

Can this be done?

Boot Managers / Re: Using micro SD to boot Windows 10 on Nextbook
« Last post by ieee488 on November 10, 2019, 16:40:54 PM »
I am no kind of programmer, just a middle aged mom with time on her hands and wanted to see if I could... I am trying to upgrade a Nextbook NXW10QC32G from Windows 8.1 to 10.  My terminology may not be correct, but I hope you can follow my train of thought.  First, not enough storage on the tablet to do a traditional download for the upgrade.  I came across this website: and have successfully followed the path to creating the bootable micro SD.  Problem is, the detachable keyboard no longer works, so I am unable to use the F2 key on start up to boot Windows 10 from the micro SD.  I cannot figure out another way to accomplish this.  So, I am looking for any way to get my HOURS of diligence to pay off.  I don't know if your 'Plop' software would help, but thought it worth a shot to post here in hopes that someone would see and offer me a possible solution.  ANY suggestions are welcome....


Because your Nextbook only has 32 GB hard drive, the only thing you can do if you want Windows 10 is to do a clean installation of it.

Before you do anything, you must:
1.  Run Disk Cleaner and check the System Files checkbox.
This will rid your hard drive of gigabytes of useless Windows update files

2.  Save all your files to the "cloud" or to USB flash drive.

Then, on another PC, download and install Media Creation Tool.
Run MCT to create bootable USB flash drive.

Boot into Windows 8 on your Nextbook
Insert the bootable USB flash drive
Double-click on setup.exe

I have done this on laptops that have only 32 GB eMMC hard drive.

Good luck.
Boot Managers / Re: Questions about your project "New boot manager"
« Last post by MasterCATZ on November 07, 2019, 02:19:59 AM »
seems to only boot USB 1.1

hangs if I do USB 2 and loose USB keyboard
and has boot error if USB 1.1

after I am finished slowly booting from USB 1.1 for my unraid test I will match up the logs for settings tried ..

what has got me is it did boot once as USB 2 , but since then USB keyboard keeps dropping so can not tell it to boot from USB ... going to try digging up my ps2 . even going into settings and selecting not to use 0 or 2 / 3 etc it does not boot

every-time I attach log files it will not let me post ?

Boot Managers / boot manager plpbt-5.0.15 linux
« Last post by pdb128 on October 09, 2019, 14:32:15 PM »
when trying  on linux to boot from a (valid) USB stick containing  also a linux iso with the command

plpcfgbt hiddenusb plpbt.bin     ->  results only in

data error

On another subject your captcha is way too difficult for me compared to almost all previous encounters. Your letters always have 1 or 2 which are not legible. Could you relax it a bit please.
Boot Managers / Re: Unable to mount SD card
« Last post by Brettvan on October 08, 2019, 20:15:25 PM »
i'll check it out. 

Yes, SD cards rock in comparison to a usb 2.0. 
Boot Managers / Re: Unable to mount SD card
« Last post by aclef on October 08, 2019, 17:36:43 PM »
Glad to see I'm not the only one running linux on SD cards :D

PS: Running Linux on SD card with EXT4 may not be a good idea, because wear leveling mechanism in SD cards are usually weak(like local dynamic wear leveling), and journaling filesystem can kill USB drives(without sophisticated SSD controller) relatively fast, even faster with SD card.

I'd recommend using COW filesystems like BTRFS(if you want compression but with more intricacies), or log-structures FS like F2FS/NILFS2.

PS2: Do not turn on discard mount option on a SD card if 1)you are going to use BTRFS on SD card and 2)The SD card reader is connected to your computer via PCI-e. This combination will cause data loss regardless of  card brand. (I don't know yet why)
My mount option for SD card with BTRFS is: noatime, compress=zlib, commit=0,ssd_spread, autodefrag, nodiscard. Which has been tested on multiple cards and works flawlessly.
Boot Managers / Re: Unable to mount SD card
« Last post by Brettvan on September 30, 2019, 23:30:21 PM »
Hi Elmar

I was able to get it working today by creating a PlopKexec.cfg file in the /boot partition of the SD card. I changed all the attributes to match my linux to boot.

Inside the that config file is the following:
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   LINUX ./vmlinuz-4.19.0-5-amd64
   APPEND boot=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rw
   APPEND root=/dev/mapper/rootfs rw
   INITRD ./initrd.img-4.19.0-5-amd64

This SD card is encrypted with a LUKS partition.  Good to know that it boots despite the extra complication :).  This worked on my work computer so in theory it should work with my t410.  I won't know until i get home to test.

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