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    Ubuntu Server asks for CD Drive when using USB

    Can anyone help?

    I am trying to install Ubuntu 9.10 Server using a USB stick. The target machine is a headless system with no CD drive. During the boot process all is ok until the installation starts in earnest - it has asked me for language and keyboard details etc.

    The problem then is that the installation fails because it cannot find a CD drive to pull the rest of the system from (despite me using the usb stick). I can not get further than this.

    Anyone suggest anything?
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    Re: Ubuntu Server asks for CD Drive when using USB

    How did you create the usb stick image? With the default method it will install from itself onto the machine. But if it wants to look on /cdrom/casper then you may try making a symlink to the correct location. Something like,

    ln -s /wherever_files_are/casper /cdrom/casper

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    Re: Ubuntu Server asks for CD Drive when using USB

    Thanks for the reply - it turned out to be a problem with unetbootin, I tried a different utility and all was ok.
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    Re: Ubuntu Server asks for CD Drive when using USB

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter09 View Post
    Thanks for the reply - it turned out to be a problem with unetbootin, I tried a different utility and all was ok.
    How did you do it!

    I was going to resort to using the alternate install mixed with the server iso .seed file.

    Please share with us what you used to get the server iso working?

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    Re: Ubuntu Server asks for CD Drive when using USB

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    Re: Ubuntu Server asks for CD Drive when using USB

    How did I get it working?

    Well do not know really.

    The non-working drive was built using unetbootin started from a terminal, the working one was built by using the menu item

    System->Administration->USB Startup Disk Creator

    I have no further information than that. Hope it helps.
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    Re: Ubuntu Server asks for CD Drive when using USB

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter09 View Post
    How did I get it working?

    Well do not know really.

    The non-working drive was built using unetbootin started from a terminal, the working one was built by using the menu item

    System->Administration->USB Startup Disk Creator

    I have no further information than that. Hope it helps.
    Ok cool, if I could just ask two more things.
    1 Was that from a live cd or from an installed ubuntu (and what version)?
    2 If you pointed the program to an iso what was it, ubuntu-9.10-server-i386.iso ?

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    Re: Ubuntu Server asks for CD Drive when using USB

    I did it from a live CD, with the i386

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    Re: Ubuntu Server asks for CD Drive when using USB

    Hmm I have only used the windows version usb-creator.exe I got it from the netbook iso.
    I will try the ubuntu linux port one and see how I go.

    Someone tell me where i usb-creator.exe is that works?

    Or fix it! The one I used would only work on the netbook iso.

    It keeps giving some sort of md5sum error but my iso all check out I've checked.

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    Re: Ubuntu Server asks for CD Drive when using USB

    i have this very issue as well...i am using hardy iso and usb creator in karmic and i have been unable to install. Ask for cd-rom also!
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