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Howto Move the Preinstalled Xandros Linux from Internal HDD to external SD and boot from SD

please see the Wiki Xandros Boot from USB on (

If you do the follow the above procedure, your result should look like


The current procedure is documented by a PDF File ( 2008-03-03 by Sigurd )

You can find the file on Hobbes (

The initial procedure is described by Sigurd Fastenrath

I just did it this way:

1. Installing Windows XP
2. Installing Partition Magic 8.0
3. Use Partition Magic to make the XP Drive smaller,
   added a Primary FAT formated 900MB Partition with Drive letter "D" to the end of the SSD
4. Downloaded DFSee 9.06 for Windows, start it, checked the LVM tables,
   realized that some of my attempts caused some "wrong" entries in the LVM table
   corrected the LVM table suing DFSee and the "lvm -c" command from the DFSee command line 
  (So  I guess this is only necessary if you messed up your LVM table like I did before) 
   - that is why the Installation progress before almost stopped 
   because the eCS CD told me that something is wrong with the Partition.
6. Copy eCS 2.0 RC4 CD to this Partition, as well the license key
7. Boot eCs CD from USB attached DVD Drive (LG)
8. Select "Own values"
9. Select "VGA" and marked the driver for "USB CD DRIVE"
10. Used "ALT+F2" to see wich driver may cause a hang - in fact no one did
11. Selceted "Mantainace tool" (in German: Wartungspartition)
    to use the graphical Enviroment of LVM 
    to delete the Windows Partition and create new ones,
    after that LVM reports this:
    C: 1.200 MB - Primary Install Partitition
    D: 900 MB - Primary FAT Partition, that containes the ECS CD (in fact it is at the end of the SSD)
    E: and F: two logical Drives, "Non compatible"

 After that I just restarted the installation and went through.
 I used JFS option for the boot partition, and choosed: VGA mode, NO audio, NO network Driver.

 EVERYTHING went well. The WPS comes up. 

 Then I installed the latest full SNAP Edition (rev. 504) that works well as well!!!!
 It recognized the Intel i915 GM/GMS chipset (strange reporting 7.872KB of RAM) and offers 
 resolutions for 640X480 up to 2048X1536! In the bigest mode it startet,
  I went down to 640X480 - 
 Have to try to get somehow the 800X400 resolution manually.

What works:

ACPI - perfect!!! The battery symbol is there, it reports the right states etc!!!
USB  - perfect!!! Even the SD card reader is recognized "Out of the box" and
       work with a 512FAT formatted SD card!!!
SNAP - despite the resolution 800X400 perfect!!!!

Still to come - to test:


Next step Version of the above instructions / steps: ( has to be intgerated )

Are you really need the steps 1 to 6 of your list?

1.  Boot the installation CD  from the USB DVD

2.  Do the your steps to the maintenance tool

3.  Delete all the Partition of the Preload,
    create the partitions

     C: Primary Install Partitions
     D: Primary FAT Partition -  Source for Install - will contain the EDS CD contencse
     E and F ....

4.  Reboot from USB do your step to the Maintenance

      Format D: /FS:FAT /V:ECS_CDRUN
      Do  the Copy step :CD to D: Partition plus eCS reg file

5.  Boot from D:

Hint from ED:

Reason for the specific label name of the drive D:

When the locateCD program goes looking for the drive (having lost the one it had because USB stopped working when the install mode changed) it wont find it and you'll get that annoying "please insert CD !" error.

latest development:

by Sigurd:

SNAP - I've been able to add the 800 X 480 resolution to SNAP by using:
 1. Go to command prompt
 2. change to the SNAP directory i.e.:   C:\SNAP
 3. use the " gamode add " order, for example:
     gamode add 800 480 16 0
     adds resolution 800X480 at 16 bit to adapter 0

  I've done this with 4, 8 16 and 32 bit (sometimes the 0 is not necessary, don't know why)

After reboot I am able to select this one, but the resolution does not fit to the size of the screen,
it is to wide. Strange!

There must be another thing I should have done.

Tips are welcome!!

Last changed: 03.03.2008 20:28 by Rainer D. Stroebel - HomePage Reload page Edit Versions Download HTML

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