openwrt backfire x86 install

vision: portable internet router, to carry on my travels, or use at home.
openwrt on a portable (thin-client/netbook) device. internet sourced from ethernet-port or 3g-dongle or wifi. internet served via ethernet-port or wifi.

latest openwrt x86 sources:
http://downloads.openwrt.org/backfire/{latest}/x86_generic/
download openwrt-x86-generic-combined-ext2.img.gz

$ gunzip openwrt-x86-generic-combined-ext2.img.gz
# dd if=openwrt-x86-generic-combined-ext2.img of=/dev/sda {disk not partition}
# e2fsck /dev/sda1
# e2fsck /dev/sda2
# reboot


i could not telnet or ssh. but discovered the web interface http://192.168.1.1 up and open, ie no password. now i could set a password, and ssh into my openwrt. all systems go...

ref: my previous post on this topic needed an update, and instead of rewriting the whole thing, i decided to create a new post.

http://open-wrt.ru/forum/viewtopic.php?id=20478
https://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?id=31695
http://macbruins.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/easy-live-usb-for-x86-openwrt/

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