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  1. #21

    I need a driver to run a USB memory right?
    The list of packages tells me nothing because there are no descriptions of what they do.
    I need some way to access root and to install sandisk USB card + wireless USB card.

  2. #22
    Linux Newbie glene77is's Avatar
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    I played with TinyCore 3.0 to 4.0, and always was able to use my USB FlashDrives as Data.
    Nothing special required.
    TinyCore is designed for a Linux geek,
    who has followed the very good progress from Damn Small Linux to Tiny Core Linux.
    It is a 'minimal' system, as stated by Mr. Shingledecker, the author and chief team leader.
    It is not designed to be a 'do-all' system like Ubuntu or maybe Puppy Linux (my all time favorite).

    In one of Mr. Shingledeckers postings, he remarks that there is 'minimal' documentation available.

    Get access to the internet from somewhere, and read all the literature about Tiny Core,
    then you might change your mind,

    Then you might order something like Puppy Linux Live-CD, from for $2.35 plus postage.
    The Live-CD will work first time. A remarkable and secure OS.
    You need internet access to read the relevant literature and documentation from these OS groups.

    If you do not have internet access,
    then how did you post to this forum !!!


  3. #23
    what i meant was d/l the TC stuff via the other PC that you used to d/l the TC iso in the first place.

    as far as mounting USB drives, this section of the TC FAQ describes mounting one manually:

    Tiny Core Linux Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Edit: Okay, my curiosity got the better of me...i downloaded TinyCore CorePlus ISO and booted my machine with it. At the boot prompt, I selected the minimalist option:

    Boot Core command line only. no X/GUI or extensions.
    Then mere seconds later, I was at a tc# prompt.

    after several failed attempts at guessing the root password using su, i decided to try sudo - bingo.

    so to mount a USB thumb drive, in the terminal window, i did this:

    1. list partition tables
    fdisk -l
    this will list all detected hard drives, and their respective partition tables. you could also run dmesg right after plugging in the USB drive. in my case, the drive is detected as sdb, and the fdisk command tells me that there is one partition on it, sdb1, and it is a FAT filesystem.

    2. make a mount point
    sudo mkdir /mnt/usbdisk
    3. mount the drive
    sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 /mnt/usbdisk
    you should now be able to read and write to the USB disk using /mnt/usbdisk. if you had a file manager installed, you should be able to point it there and see files on it.
    Last edited by atreyu; 06-09-2012 at 02:04 AM. Reason: sudo

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  5. #24
    Linux Newbie glene77is's Avatar
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    I hope you will do a standard 'frugal' Live / Install trial ,
    and let the GUI present itself.
    Much more satisfying experience of this (Too) Small OS.

    The main problem I had was in chmod / chown across to a Ubuntu system,
    wherein TCL wrote strange user-id onto the entire hard drive.
    After My heart started again, I was eventuall able to restore it, using Puppy Linux.
    That was so stressful, that I forgot how.
    Do not plan to do that specific thing again.
    Can't make money screwing up somebody's HD. !

    Anyway, I suggest you try the GUI Live and/or install.
    This Small system needs all the help that Shingledecker can code into its interface.


  6. #25
    OK so the mount sees my drive but I don't know how to access files on it and how to install them to my system.
    What to do next?

  7. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by GregRowling2 View Post
    OK so the mount sees my drive but I don't know how to access files on it and how to install them to my system.
    What to do next?
    Try these instructions, they seem geared for what you are trying to do:

    wiki:installing_applications - Tiny Core Linux Wiki

    From your internet-connected PC, you'll need to d/l all the relevant files from the packages repo:

    Index of /pub/linux/distributions/tinycorelinux/4.x/x86/tcz/

    to your usb drive. then plug in the drive to the TC machine, mount the drive, then copy over the files to the directory listed in the instructions. then run Apps Audit (which I guess is some GUI package manager, not sure).

  8. #27
    I have seen all those instructions. They tell me nothing useful.
    The only thing they tell me is that I am dealing with a poorly developed OS.
    Thank you.
    Gaining expertise in this unfinished product is not worth my time.

  9. #28
    Trusted Penguin Irithori's Avatar
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    Thatīs the point.
    It is not a product.
    It is not meant for customers.

    It is a specialized linux distributions for people, who
    a) already have a solid understanding on linux
    b) like to tinker, explore and build something out of the norm
    You must always face the curtain with a bow.

  10. #29
    Right. They are not thinking how practical it will be at the end. It is like a model railroad for people to pass time messing around with.

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