As a fun project, I've been installing lubuntu 12.10 using unetbootin and a usb stick on an old laptop (PII 333, 128 MB RAM) with no floppy, cd-rom drive or bootable usb feature for the last several hours. It's been going very slow. Fer the last hour and a half it's been stuck at "in-target: Building dependency tree..." during the "Select and install software" stage of the installation. Going into the second console and running "free" every so often, I can see that there is some memory and swap usage going on, but nothing seems to be changing when I run the "df" command.
To get the install to work I used unetbootin to boot off of the disk drive and start the install. Once I got that going I ran the following commands (sdc1 is the usb flash drive):
mount -t vfat /dev/sdc1 /mnt/usb
mount -t iso9660 -o loop /mnt/usb/lubuntu-12.10-alternate-i386.iso /cdrom
I was then able to partition and format the c drive and installation had been going fine up to the point when it started to build the dependency tree. I was even able to get the usb wifi adapter to work. I choose OpenSSH Server and Lubuntu Desktop options for package installs if it makes a difference.
At what point does the boot loader get installed? I'm afraid to restart this thing since I won't have any means of booting if there is no loader installed. Any ideas?
UPDATE: Almost 2 hours later and the next step is happening: "Reading State Information" lol