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Author: Alessandro Vesely
To: dng
Subject: Re: [DNG] How does win32-loader work?
On Fri 12/May/2023 11:39:26 +0200 altoid via Dng wrote:
> On 12 May 2023 at 9:59, Alessandro Vesely via Dng wrote:
>> ... installed LibreOffice and it works pleasantly well.
> Your OP says you want to use a pen drive.


> Do you have a properly working USB port in that box?


> Can it boot from a USB drive?


> Check the BIOS settings for that.

Done, it can only boot from cdrom, floppy or hd. I wouldn't use the cdrom
because inserting disks in the drive can only be done by physically unmounting
the drive and removing its lid.

> If you can boot from a USB, burn a Devuan Live *.iso to a good
> quality pen drive and boot Devuan from there.
>> .. opened the CD drive to place an old Windows XP cdrom inside it.
> I thought you had problems with the CD-ROM drive.

I do.

> Does the CD drive work properly or not?

It can read the disk, but doesn't open the door.

> Can you boot from the CD-ROM?


> Again, check the BIOS settings for that.
> If you can boot from CD, try burning a Devuan Live *.iso to a CD and
> boot from there.

It's not the easiest thing to do, also because I'm not familiar with CD
burning. That's why I installed win32-loader, but it's not very well documented:

ale@pcale:~$ dpkg -L win32-loader

ale@pcale:~$ file /usr/share/win32/win32-loader.exe
/usr/share/win32/win32-loader.exe: PE32 executable (GUI) Intel 80386 (stripped
to external PDB), for MS Windows, Nullsoft Installer self-extracting archive

Perhaps, it boots from the drive where it was loaded from? Perhaps it will
ask? One of the changelog comments says:

   * Download signed grub efi file of testing (bullseye) if the one
     of stable (buster) is faulty determined by its sha256 fingerprint

Hmm... What if I miss the network device driver?