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 From:  "Aaron Cherman" <aaronc at morad dot ab dot ca>
 To:  <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] USB Issues
 Date:  Tue, 21 Aug 2007 07:45:05 -0600
> I'm currently trying to get m0n0wall running on a PC in Democratic
> Republic of Congo.  In order to prove that m0n0 will work in our offices
> here I want to be able to boot from CD and leave the hard drive alone.
> The problem I am having is there don't seem to be any working floppy
> drives here (I've been through three so far).  I can't save the config,
> and thus can't use m0n0wall.
> I've tried saving the config to USB flash drive, but it just doesn't
> seem to work - the USB flash drive is formatted as FAT32, with nothing
> else on it.  When I plug it in and out, m0n0 reports it, but doesn't try
> to save to it when I change config, and doesn't try to read it when I
> boot m0n0.
> I was going to try and write the whole of the generic-pc image to the
> USB flash drive using physdiskwrite and boot from that, however I have
> no way of knowing which disk physdiskwrite will try and write to (I
> don't want to wipe my hard drive 6000 miles from home)  Contrary to what
> is shown on the documentation for physdiskwrite, when I run it from
> Windows all I see is the following:
> ******
> C:\>physdiskwrite.exe
> physdiskwrite v0.5.1 by Manuel Kasper <mk at neon1 dot net>
> Usage: physdiskwrite [-u] <image-file>
>           -u    remove 2 GB restriction (WARNING!)
> C:\>
> ******
> Any advice on getting m0n0 to save to the USB drive or use physdisk.

Can you drop the CD/Floppy config and just use the USB drive?  Just use 
physdiskwrite to put the m0n0 image on the USB drive and boot to that - 
assuming the bios has support for booting to a USB device.