Boot issues with live USB (loose fit but please be patient with me)

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http://crunchbang.org – Hi chaps, this one started over in the 'newbies' forum but I've posted the second iteration here. I don't think it fits particularly well in either place, but I suspect that the 'dev' group will have a good chance of recognizing the problems. Background: I'm something of a distro tart, having gone through eight or nine Linuxes over four years. I'm trying to standardize. One of main working machines is an EeePC 901 with an Phison internal flash drive of 20Gb. Oddly, the drive shows up as two devices, SDA1 (0,0,0, with the bootflag and the system) and SDB1 (HowTos)