I finally installed Bart PE on my Verbatim Store'n Go 1GB flash drive.
Started all the process on my desktop with a micro 512 SD card in an adapter. Neither the desktop or my Notebook Compaq n6230 would boot to the UFD (both have USB boot enabled in the BIOS).
Next, I took the 1 GB stick and went thru the described process step by step . This time the stick attempted to load the RamImage (on the the laptop only) but generated the error: "cannot load c:\windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe".
Went back to research the error, and slipstreamed the win XP sp2 into the installation as suggested (it took about 1 hr). Then I pointed BartPe to these slipstreamed source files.
Booted up the systems and again only my laptop recognized the UFD, although it took about 5 minutes to load the ramimage. After getting to the BartPE desktop, no network adapters were detected (Broadcom NetXtreme), so network was unavailable.
I also tried the DSL option. It took about 20 minutes to download, format the stick, install the image and to boot to Linux. Again no network support for me.
I'll keep both versions handy just in case.
Thanks for all the advise.
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