[clug] Ubuntu 7.04

Michael Cohen michael.cohen at netspeed.com.au
Sat Apr 28 10:44:41 GMT 2007

  I have a CF/IDE adapter which makes the CF look exactly like a hdd. It
  connects to a regular PATA cable. I think its nothing but a connection
  adapter because the CF itself supports ATA and appears like an IDE device.
  This kind of CF device will always boot because as far as the mobo is
  concerned its a hdd. Similarly installation on it is identical to installing
  on a hdd. (only caveat is i think it does not support slave mode so you can
  only have one of those per bus)

  I think if you do a google for a CF/IDE adapter you could get some options.
  If you like I can try to find its exact model number/manufacturer. I think it
  cost about $20 quite a few years ago.

On Sat, Apr 28, 2007 at 05:37:58PM +1000, Rodney Peters wrote:
> I have not done this, but the IPCop firewall supports running from CF, without 
> a HDD.  Their docs, available from http:// www.ipcop.org, give an overview of 
> the installation process.  However, they are confining their discussions to 
> those  mini-ITX style mobo which have a CF slot on board in lieu IDE 
> connector.
> If you install and setup GRUB on the CF drive, then notionally the kernel 
> should be bootable (however, the syntax of the "kernel" command would depend 
> on whether the CF drive is seen as sda, sdb etc).  
> You would still be up against what boot devices the BIOS supports.  On my 
> recent mobo, a message appears during POST indicating which "hot-key" to 
> press to get a menu of boot devices.  For my mobo (both Award-Phoenix BIOS), 
> pressing Esc and F11 respectively brings up a menu of all bootable devices 
> (whether they are actually present or not)  Even the later one does not 
> support booting from USB Card Reader or even USB flash drive.
> Rod

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