Install Arch Base to USB

I originally followed these instructions, which didn't work.
http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Usb … ch_Install
Then I decided to just use fsdisk to do everything, and followed the rest of the tutorial. All seemed to work fine, I reboot my computer
And I get an error saying it can't boot linux, saying it's not found and gives me the option of choosing a different boot image, which is what I am confused on. What should I do?
edit:
booted with /vmlinuz and I now get a kernerl panic error:
No filesystem could mount root tried:
kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root FS on unknown-block(9,2)
Last edited by twiistedkaos (2007-09-09 05:37:47)

raymano wrote:
lilsirecho wrote:
Please consider trying the new release of FaunOS-9.3.2-usb.img. 
This OS is based on archlinux, uses pacman and aufs, and permits save session to flash drive.
It requires a minimum of 1 GB flash drive.
It is available from the FaunOS website, a 900mb+ download.
I recommend a 2GB flash device which permits expanding the ext2 partition generated by the FaunOS download.
It allows for boot to RAM.
Best to you......................
The correct version is faunos-fortytwo-0.3.2-usb.img
Eh I am lookinh got a slim linux distro for USB, faunos seems to be bloated with things I don't need nor want. For example, KDE

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