Lighthouse logoInstalling Lighthouse 64

NOTE: If the computer came with Windows 8 and/or UEFI support, you may need to boot from the CD/DVD or click here for a new method to boot from a USB Flash drive.

Click here for UEFI (Windows 8) hard drive installation instructions.

Lighthouse64 can be installed to your hard drive, flash drive, ran off the CD or some combination of the above. Let's delve a little deeper into the options:

* HARDDRIVE --- The Lighthouse Universal Installer (found in the Setup menu) walks you through a hard drive install along with other methods of install. After you select a hard drive install and answer some other questions, the installer will ask if you want to do a frugal install or a full install. Full Install is where the compressed files from the install CD is expanded and copied to harddisk, to a dedicated partition. This is the normal mode of installation for mainstream Linux system, such as Ubuntu or Fedora. Lighthouse 64 does not support this mode of installation. Please choose a frugal install.

In a frugal install the the initrd, kernel and compressed main file system, three files in all, are copied to the hard drive. Then after booting from the hard drive the first time a fourth file, your save file, is created. For more information on how this file system works click here.

You can also do a frugal install without using the Universal Installer quite easily. Just copy these four files from the CD... the root of a hard drive partition. The partition doesn’t need to be empty, it just needs enough free space. Then if you have GRUB bootloader installed, edit your /boot/grub/menu.lst and add a entry like this:

  title Lighthouse64 nnn (frugal on /dev/sda6)
  rootnoverify (hd0,5)
  kernel /vmlinuz pdev1=sda6
  initrd /initrd.xz

Let's explain a few things about this. The GRUB identifier (hd0,5) corresponds to hard drive number zero or sda, and partition number 5, or 6 if we start counting at one, which we do in the operating system. The pdev1=sda6 is optional, this tells the init script not to look anywhere else for the files except sda6. If we leave this option off, the init script will search all drives and partitions for your save file and boot time will be a little longer. If you need to install GRUB the GRUB installer can be found in the menu under System.

* FLASHDRIVE --- For this it’s best to use the Lighthouse Universal Installer with a empty flash drive. Flash drives tend to be formatted in very different ways. Sometimes they are not partitioned, sometimes the boot flag will not be set. If your flash drive install does not work, the first thing to try is use GParted to repartition the drive and set the boot flag. Then try the install again. The installer will also have some extra options for hard-to-boot drives.

* MULTISESSION --- If you burn you CD/DVD as multi-session you’ll be given the option at shutdown to save any file system modifications back to the CD/DVD. Everything has to be loaded and saved in RAM. So you need to have a bit of it. When the CD/DVD fills up you’ll be prompted to put in a blank disc and the system files along with your last session will be written to the new CD/DVD.  No hard drive needed. Pburn, found in the Multimedia menu, will burn a CD/DVD as a multi-session.

* CD/DVD --- You can just run off the CD/DVD. At first shutdown you’ll be asked if you want to make a save file. Answer yes and select where you want to put it. After that you’ll be asked if you want to move the Downloads folder to the hard drive. Answer yes to that, too. Then you’ll be asked if you want to copy L64-nnn.sfs, the sfs main file, to the hard drive. Answer yes to that and the next time you boot from CD/DVD, initrd.xz and the kernel will load from the CD/DVD, which is quite fast because these to files are relatively small. The large sfs main file will load from your hard drive. 

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