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Knoppix Linux Gripes
Knoppix is the classic Live CD distribution of Linux
Using: Knoppix Live CD version 3.9 running kernel version 2.6.11.
March 6, 2006. Knoppix is popular for rescuing files from a Windows machine that no longer boots. Boot the machine from the Knoppix CD - it can read all Windows file systems - and use Knoppix to copy files off the problematic machine. The first time I had to do this for real, there were some annoyances along the way.
The computer in question didn't have a floppy disk drive. I connected an external floppy disk drive to a USB port. Knoppix would neither read nor write the floppy disk.
Then I connected a thumb drive to a USB port. Knoppix read the thumb drive but wouldn't write to it. The file system on the thumb drive was FAT32.
Then I connected the machine to my LAN. The basic TCP/IP networking was fine. It could see shared folders on the network. It could read shared folders on the network. But, of course, I needed to write to the shared folders. That it wouldn't do (despite providing the appropriate Windows file sharing userid/password).
Being a nerd I know that Samba is the Unix/Linux software that does Windows file sharing, so I started the Samba server. I told it to share the entire partition and provided a password. It took a while (watched pot and boiling and all that), but eventually another machine on the LAN saw the Knoppix machine and its "shares".
However, Knoppix only uses a workgroup name of "workgroup". When the Samba server was started there was no way to specify a workgroup name.
When I finally tried to connect to the Knoppix machine from a Windows machine on the LAN, I was prompted for a userid and password. Say what??? When the Samba server started, it asked for a password which I dutifully entered twice. Nothing about a userid. So typical. I guessed that the userid was the same as the machine name which was "Knoppix". Lucky guess.
Update: March 25, 2006. FYI: A reader of this page (thanks Rich) offered the following advice.
KNOPPIX makes things read-only on purpose as it is intended to be a non-destructive demo of Linux. To write to a given volume:
Using: Knoppix Live CD version 4.0.2 running kernel version 2.6.12.
On a ThinkPad T42 laptop it detected FireWire at startup. The machine had no FireWire ports.
Also on a ThinkPad T42 laptop, when the mouse hovers over hda1 and hda2 the file system is shown as Auto. It was really NTFS.
I clicked on a big file and Open Office started up to process it. I waited
and waited and waited while the poor hard disk was constantly active. Eventually
wanted to kill Open Office for it seemed like it would never start up. Clicking
the X did nothing. Closing it from the task bar was also ignored. There must be
something akin to Task Manager, but I couldn't find it.
|Created: March 6, 2006||Page last updated: March 25, 2006|