Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Sep 2005 12:17 UTC, submitted by Anonymous
Zeta According to the Cola Coder, an upcoming update to ZETA 1.0 will enable booting from USB devices. This will not only allow installation of ZETA on laptops that do not have an optical drive, but it will also make it possible to install to and run ZETA from a USB memory stick.
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RE: bah...
by Earl Colby pottinger on Sun 25th Sep 2005 15:20 UTC in reply to "bah..."
Earl Colby pottinger
Member since:
2005-07-06

As far as I know all BeOS versions have always required you to fight to the death to get them onto a Sony Laptop.

Plus if the Sonys have USB which should be all of them, then there should be no problem.

However, I notice your comment about copy/boot. Did Zeta do something dumb that prevents one disk image to boot all systems? Install diffirent files for diffirent systems?

I hope not. One of the tings that makes BeOS so great is the ability to plug a single hard drive into any supporting computer and just boot it. I regularly transfer drives with development work between my LapTop for portability and my DeskTop for memory and speed, and if I have an odd problem pop it into one of my friend's Desktop so he can see what I am doing.

If they did that I understand why you think there are still major limits. USB is fine for me, but one disk image should be all I need to work on diffirent computers.

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RE[2]: bah...
by MYOB on Sun 25th Sep 2005 15:24 in reply to "RE: bah..."
MYOB Member since:
2005-06-29

USB was not bootable until laptops/desktops sold in 2004 or later for the most part. This laptop is from 2002. And theres no BIOS upgrades for them, so no way to add support for it...

BeOS runs fine on all Vaio's I've tried it on, it just needs to be forced onto those without built-in CD-ROM's

You can still move an installed Zeta system, but not having another working x86 laptop worth a damn that wasn't an option - not many old laptops support 80GB 7200RPM ATA133 hard drives. I eventually had to copy all the files onto a new partition from within BeOS, then unzip all the zip'ped up packages, and create a few symlinks myself.

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RE[3]: bah...
by on Mon 26th Sep 2005 00:50 in reply to "RE[2]: bah..."
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USB was not bootable until laptops/desktops sold in 2004 or later for the most part. This laptop is from 2002. And theres no BIOS upgrades for them, so no way to add support for it...

I think you're off by a few years. Hardware from ~2000 could boot off of USB, though the BIOS support was iffy. That changed over the next couple years, and some pre-2000 systems can boot off of USB with the right BIOS.

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RE[3]: bah...
by ashokak on Mon 26th Sep 2005 08:29 in reply to "RE[2]: bah..."
ashokak Member since:
2005-09-26

I have a Sony Vaio C1VFK, made around 2002-3 and I've never needed to boot it from a USB stick, but I can boot from a generic USB floppy drive, which suggests to me that you can USB-ly boot the thing.
I stuck RC3 on it by wrestling the files via zips, but it was painful, as you say.

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