[CentOS] booting usb stick

Michel van Deventer michel at van.deventer.cx
Mon Jun 16 14:57:36 UTC 2008


On Mon, 2008-06-16 at 10:38 -0400, Jerry Geis wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have been trying to get a usb stick 8G to boot centos.
> I am as far a it boots and hangs at "Switching to new root".
> I take the same USB stick and put it another PC and it boots fine.
> What might I look for as to why the machine hangs at switching to new root?
> Of course the machines are different. The one that does not boot is an 
> ebox 2300sx and
> the one that does boot is an amd 4800+ with all disks unplugged except 
> the USB stick.
> I am sooooo close.
Looks like the ebox 2300sx has a Vortex86sx chip, which is i486
compatible, not i686 like a default CentOS install/live. You might have
to compile a new kernel for i486 architecture or use a different distro
which is directly i486 compatible.


p.s. getting this to work on a 2300sx might be a challenge :) But CentOS
doesn't support the i486. So you're on your own ;)

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