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walterav

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Firewire boot
« on: May 05, 2010, 20:10:25 PM »
In theory, should it be possible to make a plop like boot manager to boot from firewire storage devices?

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Re: Firewire boot
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2010, 09:56:02 AM »
yes, in theory its possible to write a driver to boot from firewire.

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Re: Firewire boot
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2010, 21:47:44 PM »
Hi team,

... and it's not a brand-new idea. S' ahead (I'm a genious ! 1st. on my google search):

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-fireboot.html

Why it interests me ? because I'm stuck with one old PC with a loose USB and probably others too in a stormy night & no lab open. I bought an adopter USB-female to firewire-male. I didn't succeed much. I also tried an adopter to the green round socket of the mouse. NADA.

But I hope SB will take it ahead. I think it's a MUST-HAVE-IT to my Potchan (=opener).

Potchan  ;)


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walterav

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Re: Firewire boot
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2010, 23:13:59 PM »
Hi team,

... and it's not a brand-new idea. S' ahead (I'm a genious ! 1st. on my google search):

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-fireboot.html

Why it interests me ? because I'm stuck with one old PC with a loose USB and probably others too in a stormy night & no lab open. I bought an adopter USB-female to firewire-male. I didn't succeed much. I also tried an adopter to the green round socket of the mouse. NADA.

But I hope SB will take it ahead. I think it's a MUST-HAVE-IT to my Potchan (=opener).

Potchan  ;)

That looks like booting a 'small' Linux Kernel first, after it comes the rest of the OS from the Firewire device.

Will it be possible to load a part of the Linux Kernel, until it detects firewire/usb storage devices, than chainload a MBR sector from the storage devices?

There is somekind of fast-reboot mechanism for Linux with going through BIOS again, but I doubt it can be made to jump to MBR again.

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Re: Firewire boot
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2010, 22:55:16 PM »
there is kexec , boot from cdrom first then bootstraps other kernel
http://www.solemnwarning.net/kexec-loader/

 , only not sure ??? firewire hard discs are bit expensive , usb memories are economical.

what exactly is problem , malfunctioning usb onto a old pc?
(perhaps may be alternate ways)