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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:12 am    Post subject: [solved] Gentoo on a diskless Gigabyte Brix 2807 Reply with quote

I'm planning to buy a Gigabyte Brix 2807 and install Gentoo and xbmc. Should I be able to plug a bootable USB stick and install there without ever attaching a disk?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm guessing yes it can be done. One way would be to use a USB CD-ROM or DVD drive to boot the install, with the USB Stick in the other USB slot.

Or you may have decent luck using this wiki page for help: https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/LiveUSB/HOWTO
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Better to use the System Rescue CD. Not only does it include instructions to use it as a live USB but makes the install easer as well.

You might also want to consider installing Gentoo on the hardrive before you install it or use something like resync or a stage 4 tarball to speed things up. Only 2 gigs of ram is going to be hell for compiling anything.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I will go ahead with this. That board maxes out at 8GB though. Later I'd like to run the entire OS from RAM and pull the USB stick unless I'm booting or I want to make changes. Should that be OK with 8GB?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856164017
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you think guys? Run an entire Gentoo install from an 8GB ramdisk?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never tried running an OS strictly from ram. I don't imagine you should have any difficulty with 8 gigs of RAM since 4 gigs seems to be enough to avoid swapping in most cases. That should be okay for the base system, but I don't know about xbmc. If it is a memory hog, maybe not. If it is okay then it should work. I don't have any experience with either xbmc or running Linux from ram to say for sure.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The key is adding rootwait to the boot commandline.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

grant123,

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