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    How to install from an sd card?

    I want to install ubuntu to an sd card, so i can live boot it on my new laptop. how would i got about doing this?

    Ive only ever installed linux from a dvd drive so im kinda noob at usb and sd stuff.

    Thanks,
    thadas

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    Re: How to install from an sd card?

    Install to a SD card just like to a flash drive, use Startup Disk creator from the Live CD or UNetbootin.
    (Older computer BIOS may not boot SD).

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    Re: How to install from an sd card?

    yeah i tried the thing that ubuntu recomends on their site. And then when i tried to liveboot it, it didnt show up. BTW the laptop im trying this on is this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    As i said im new to booting from a usb drive,.

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    Re: How to install from an sd card?

    I want to install ubuntu to an sd card, so i can live boot it on my new laptop.
    Do you know for certain that your laptop CAN boot from an SD card? Just because you have an SD card slot, doesn't mean you can boot from it.
    Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17; MS Win 8.1.
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    Re: How to install from an sd card?

    Know i don't know that i can boot from a sd card, how do i check?

    CC from somewhere else: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I was trying to boot 13.04 off an sd card.

    Mine has windows 7 not 8, and i didn't see my model listed in your link. It turns my iso file are corupt-maybe because i download them in chrome-so im trying to re-download them in firefox. It also might be an issue with my sd card so im going to buy a usb thumb drive today or tomorrow.

    Do i still need to download the bios even if im in windows 7?

    Im not used to using usb/sd card, does anyone have any pointers? Whats usb burner should i use?

    Thanks,
    tahdas
    Last edited by tahdas; September 27th, 2013 at 09:30 PM.

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    Re: How to install from an sd card?

    Maybe you will find some useful information at this link

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...n/FromUSBStick

    Many (but not all) computers treat an SD card in the same way as a USB pendrive (like any mass storage device).

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    Re: How to install from an sd card?

    Im trying to burn it onto the sd card and it keeps saying files are broken, why is this, and to i fix them?

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    Re: How to install from an sd card?

    - What flavour of 13.04 are you trying to install? 32-bit or 64-bit? Standard Ubuntu or Kubuntu, Lubuntu or Xubuntu? Did you check with md5sum, that the download was successful?

    - What tool (or method) are you using to flash the iso file to the SD card? Several tools and methods are described in the link in post #6.

    - Is there a way to put the SD card at the top of the boot order menu (in the BIOS menu system)?

    - Have you checked if your computer is running in UEFI or old standard BIOS (alias CSM) mode?

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    Re: How to install from an sd card?

    64 bit ubuntu 13.04. No i didn't, can you link me to where i can download that?

    This http://www.pendrivelinux.com/univers...easy-as-1-2-3/

    I dont think so.

    No, how do i?

    Thanks,
    tahdas

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    Re: How to install from an sd card?

    I try to make clear the connection between (q)uestion and (a)nswer:

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    - q1: What flavour of 13.04 are you trying to install? 32-bit or 64-bit? Standard Ubuntu or Kubuntu, Lubuntu or Xubuntu?

    - q2: Did you check with md5sum, that the download was successful?

    - q3: What tool (or method) are you using to flash the iso file to the SD card? Several tools and methods are described in the link in post #6.

    - q4: Is there a way to put the SD card at the top of the boot order menu (in the BIOS menu system)?

    - q5: Have you checked if your computer is running in UEFI or old standard BIOS (alias CSM) mode?
    Quote Originally Posted by tahdas View Post
    a1: 64 bit ubuntu 13.04.

    a2:No i didn't, can you link me to where i can download that?

    a3:This http://www.pendrivelinux.com/univers...easy-as-1-2-3/

    a4: I dont think so.

    a5: No, how do i?

    Thanks,
    tahdas
    Tell me if I misunderstood

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    And here are my (c)omments:

    c1: 64 bit ubuntu 13.04 should be OK for that computer

    c2: You find checksums at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuHashes and check the output of the terminal window command
    Code:
    md5sum ubuntu-13.04-desktop-amd64.iso
    (use the appropriate file name and the corresponding md5sum from UbuntuHashes).

    c3: I'm not sure, but Pendrivelinux used to create boot disks with msdos partition tables and grub2. If you have UEFI, it will not work. Try Unetbootin, Startup Disk Creator or cloning with dd according to
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...n/FromUSBStick

    c4: This link (paragraph) is probably relevant also for SD cards.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...puter_from_USB

    c5: Start by reading about UEFI, https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI

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