Subject: Re: LEXAR 128M JumpDrive Secure -- bootable?
To: Greywolf <email@example.com>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/19/2003 19:49:59
In message <Pine.NEB.email@example.com>, Greywolf
>I have a machine capable of booting from a USB HD, or so says the BIOS.
>I acquired a LEXAR 128M JumpDrive Secure, and outside of the problem
>I'm currently having on getting it to attach when it's plugged in
>(it attaches when it's already there on boot), I'm wondering if there's
>a way I can boot off the thing.
>I've dd(1)d off its original image so that I can put it back whif
>necessary, and I did the following:
> newfs sd6e # it's the first physical partition given outside
> # 'c' and 'd'
> mount /dev/sd6e /mnt
> cp /usr/mdec/biosboot /mnt
> installboot /dev/rsd6e /usr/mdec/bootxx_ffsv1
>It didn't complain, so I had assumed it did the right thing.
>However, it didn't find the thing as bootable.
>Is there some magic which will make this nice little 128M plugin drive
>a bootable drive?
Does your BIOS support booting from it?
>In any case, what devices do I need to have set up so that it will be
>recognised on plugin rather than me needing to reboot the box to find
>the drive? What information would help you in this regard?
I think that that's a generic bug in the USB support -- I, among many
others, have complained about it.
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.research.att.com/~smb