The machinery: EeePC 701 4G with 512Mb RAM. Note: As standard these things have a SSD, a card slot, and 3 USB ports.
The OS: LXDE 2009.
The Story So Far: (Succinct version. I could dribble on for ages given the chance)
-LXDE 2009 .iso downloaded around 4 weeks ago from "Downloads" PCLOS. Version unknown, not updated.
-Installed same on my laptop. Very happy with it.
-Made a Full install from the Live CD to a 4Gb SD card for the EeePC. This booted up without comment when placed in the Eeep's card slot.
-Proceeded to pimp install with "useful things". Left only 300Mb vacant for future expansion. Very happy with OS, even the battery monitor works, so decided to remaster to 8Gb SD.
-As the reader will no doubt realise, witchcraft is involved in remastering off a drive with too little space to create an .iso upon, and so I failed as I have read that I should have expected to.
-Read and admired Johnboy's tutorial on making a Live usb install. Easy to back up the Changes file in case it all goes pear-shaped, and easier (?) to remaster.
-Put 8Gb SD into a usb card writer, plugged it in, and created a Johnboy Live Install.
-Placed said card in card slot. Boot stops at starting udev and finally times out with a page of errors. As this represents about 30 minutes of two-finger typing to reproduce I have not yet done this. I can view the screen and answer questions though, when we get to that bit.
-Put card back into card writer. Fired up the Full install and checked the Live one. Noticed that there was a Changes file. Since there was no indication to me that it was valuable, I deleted it. Shut down, removed the 4Gb Full SD and rebooted the 8Gb Live in the card writer. It booted all the way to the desktop but would not retain any changes made, ie no Persistance.
-Put 4Gb Full card back in card slot, booted, and examined the 8Gb SD in the writer. No Changes file present. Shut down, replace 8Gb card in card slot, reboot. Still hangs at udev but on the way there it creates a Changes file!
-Compare menu.lst in both 4Gb Full and 8GB Live installs. They are radically different. Johnboy's is as per his instructions, the Full one looks like, well, a Full one should, with no fromusb and those long number strings that identify drives instead of /boot/grub/menu.lst
I have concluded that whilst I may make functional Live SD's of other Eeep distro's with a LiveCD and a card writer there is something LXDE 2009 deeply resents about that card slot. I can make Full installs it seems (unproven yet on the 8Gb SD until the Live install idea cannot proceed) but LXDE 2009 sees the card slot as a non-usb drive and chokes. And yet it plays nicely from the usb card writer, persisting and all. I just don't like things hanging out of usb ports as I go about.
Please, would any of you really clever members (OP?) who are willing to step up to the plate mind giving your opinion on how I might:
Remaster my 4Gb SD either on to the SSD and then off to the 8Gb SD, or directly to it,
-or, make a new bootable Live 8Gb SD that will boot up in the card slot.
I would like to avoid an install on the SSD because it is only 4Gb and those things have a finite write-to life.
Thank you for listening,