[openbeos] Re: Is it possible to boot Haiku from a USB key?

  • From: "Raymond C. Rodgers" <sinful622@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2008 23:17:05 -0400

Michael Lotz wrote:
I'm not sure if this question has been asked before, and I apologize if it has, but is it possible to boot Haiku from a USB key currently? If so, and someone give me an idea of the process or point me to documentation on doing so?

It is possible and pretty simple too. The only thing necessary is that the USB stack, the host controller drivers and the usb_disk driver are added to the boot module symlinks. If you build Haiku yourself you can add the targets "usb <usb>uhci <usb>ohci <usb>ehci usb_disk" to the targets list of "AddBootModuleSymlinksToHaikuImage" in "build/jam/ HaikuImage". Otherwise you can do this manually by creating symlinks to "/boot/beos/system/add-ons/kernel/bus_managers/usb", "/boot/beos/system
/add-ons/kernel/busses/usb/{u|o|e}hci" and "/boot/beos/system/add-ons/
kernel/drivers/bin/usb_disk" in the "/boot/beos/add-ons/kernel/boot" folder where all the other boot symlinks reside already.


Thank you very much for this information! I'm guessing that there might still be a bit more work necessary to make it boot, possibly something involving the boot floppy, but I haven't yet tried my newly built image. I'll be beyond happy if this works right off the bat, but even if it doesn't, I'm very happy to see the progress that Haiku has made over the years. I wish I had taken the time to become a participant and contributor to the project, but my life was not my own...

Thanks again Michael!

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