Set-up of Casper Cartridge (2013 Summer)

Japanese, Casper Cartridge (2013 Summer), Casper Cartridge Top, (2014/06/02, 22:21 JST)

Making a USB memory stick as boot device

This document describes the procedure to make a USB memory stick into Casper Cartridge.
Please visit Casper top page for project overview.

(Step:1) Required hardware

Temtably 20GB on Windows HDD will be used.
Fast Internet connection is required because you will be asked to download 5GB - 10GB later.

(Step:2) Making a USB memory stick into "standard" boot device

  1. Download and execute Universal USB Installer (UUI).
    (Ver. was used here)
    (You must use UUI, since other similar applications cannot work properlyl for Casper Cartridge)

  2. Plug in new USB memory stick. Say it can be found at drive F:.
    (Be careful not to specify other drive!)

  3. On UUI, set parameters as:
    (Choose Ubuntu-12.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso)
    (Download Ubuntu-12.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso for the first time. It is about 695MB)
    (Only 100MB is set because this persistent file will be only used for function test. It will be replaced later.)
    UUI setup

  4. Boot the PC by the Casper Cartridge. Avoid booting through EFI.
    (Ask BIOS manual for boot from USB memory stick)
    (Boot menu could come by F12 on some BIOS)
    (If you boot your PC by EFI, you successfully boot it, but sometimes you cannot access persistent file ... you cannot record your work there)
    (On a successful boot up, splash screen like below will come up. Just wait for 1 minutes or so.)
    Ubuntu startup

  5. On the end of first boot, Ubuntu will ask you for this session. Choose "Try Ubuntu".

  6. At the end of first boot, the PC settles down with the screen below.
    Ubuntu 12.4.2 desktop

  7. Let's make one icon on the desktop for verifying recording avility.
    (Right click -> Create New Document -> Empty Document -> rename the file like "kameda.txt")
    Ubuntu 12.4.2 + Icon

  8. Reboot the PC.
    (Shut down menu could be found at the right-top wheel icon.)
    (Do not forget to boot from USB memory stick)

  9. The preparation succeeds if you see your icon on the desktop.
    (If not, DO NOT GO FURTHER. Check the procedure again.)

(Step:3) Replacing files to make it Casper Cartridge

Return to Windows environment.

Some files on the USB memory stick will be replaced here.
Say the USB memory stick is shown at E: this time.

The procedure is shown here. Suppose the target version is 5XX.
Prepare about 20GB on Windows HDD somewhere as work area.

(Step:4) Starting Casper Cartridge

Boot up the PC by the Casper Cartridge made at Step:3.
On success, the screen below comes up. Check the version string at the clock.
(In this case [Casper530] is the correct. If you see [Casper530RC3] or others, it is not in good state.)
Casper 530 screen 000

You can use this Linux just same as other HDD based Linux.
FYI, type "Windows" key on calling applications/commands. The picture shows what happens when you type Windows key.
Casper 530 screen 001

Always be careful for remaining file system size because it is 4GB at max.
(Checking the available size by df command in a terminal window. Available size at /cow is the remaining size[KB])
(At Casper530, only 2.4GB is remaining.)
Casper 530 screen 002

(Step:5) Changing Keyboad and Timezone

As Casper ver.5** is provided with the default configuration of Japanese keyboard and Tokyo timezone, you should better change them.