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Author Topic: booting vectorlinux from a compact flash card?  (Read 1524 times)

haywire

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booting vectorlinux from a compact flash card?
« on: October 19, 2009, 11:33:27 am »

I opened my vector box to install a newer video card, and I was wondering about using a compact flash card to boot vectorlinux.

The ide adapters make it appear like a regular hard drive I assume, but is there anything else required to know before I try this?

I would like to order a very fast 16gig compact flash card and adapter, and re-install vector linux to that as the boot drive.

Is anyone doing this and if so, how fast is the boot times? Do you find the whole system faster?

Before I try this myself, I'd like to get some feedback from anyone else who may be using this kind of boot setup.

Thanks for your thoughts...

Steven
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nightflier

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Re: booting vectorlinux from a compact flash card?
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2009, 01:45:44 pm »

I have been using that kind of a setup for a couple of years:
http://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?topic=4564.0

You need an adapter that supports DMA. The card appears as a regular IDE device. No drivers or hacks needed.

Boot times are not significantly improved over a hard drive. General performance is also similar.

My main reason for doing this was noise. At this point I'm considering switching to a Solid State Drive. Although still expensive, I understand that performance has increased a lot lately, and prices have come down some.
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haywire

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Re: booting vectorlinux from a compact flash card?
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2009, 02:24:29 am »

Thanks for your thoughts...

If the boot time and general speed of the system is really not improved, I guess its not worth the effort or trouble for me.

I thought it might be a good idea to improve boot time and general performance. Ah well, hard drives are cheaper anyhow.

Thanks,

Steven
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