General Stuff - Installation

There is no Problem booting Linux from an USB-Stick (mine is from Lexar). Just plug it in and check in the BIOS in the 'Boot'-Section that the Stick shows up and change - if necessary - the order of the devices so that it is listed before the Harddisk.

If your USB device doesn't boot make sure you have the latest BIOS downloaded (eg from and installed. With my original BIOS version I could boot only from one really old USB-Stick and from an USB floppy drive (very useful for upgrading the BIOS...).

If you have a CD/DVD-drive with USB-interface instead it is of course easier to install the OS directly from CD/DVD and not mess around with several Linux installations on different partitions, though it is a nice challenge and there is much to learn.

One remark - the first and the last - regarding windows. When booting it for the first time you get immediately to the setup routine, with horrible Sound & Music playing. Unfortunately the volume cannot be muted or at least decreased. So I booted it exactly once, switched it off very quickly and then repartitioned the harddisk.

How to install

Boot Feather-Linux or the installer of your preferred distribution. I used Feather-Linux as an intermediate step because the driver for the IDE-Chipset (Ali 15x3) was not included in the ramdisk of Debian Sarge (and thus the harddisk was not detected) and I didn't want to mess around with the driver-archives.
From Feather-Linux install knoppix to a separate partition and from there continue following the description at (link doesn't work any more, somewhere on there will be the necessary documentation).

Finally you have a pure clean Debian-System distributed on several partitions.

The easy way is to install Linux from a running Windows System, a nice document about that can be found at