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    Multi OS install disk

    I have an install disk by Sardu containing 4 OS.
    When I boot up, regardless of whish OS I choose I get the error message

    Unable to find a medium containing a live file system.

    Is this referring to the install disk? Or to my HD. When I run the hardware detection tool on the disk , it detects everything in my computer.
    Anyone else experienced something like this?
    Thank you.

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    Re: Multi OS install disk

    An update here; The seller i bought this from offered this explanation

    "Since the disc does not appear damaged it is possible there is some sort of hardware incompatibility. It may be with the boot loader for the ISOs and not with the Ubuntu versions themselves".

    I have made arrangements with the seller, for 2 replacement disk's, one with kubuntu and
    one with xubuntu. This solves my issue, someone may have thoughts about his
    explanation.

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    Re: Multi OS install disk

    You can make your own multi-boot DVDs or flash drives. I have several Ubuntus & repairISO all on one flash drive. I did it manually before scripts were available.

    These are scripts to install many ISOs. Some that will not loopmount by installing a kernel and boot image.
    MultiBootUSB - Install and boot multiple Linux from Pendrive / Flash drive / USB disk w/grub2
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...shDriveUSBDisk
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1518273
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/multibootusb/files/
    MultiSystem Another LiveUSB Multiboot French(translate) w/grub2
    http://liveusb.info/dotclear/
    Another: multiboot055.sh
    http://blog.p-mt.net/blog/2009/12/27...oot-usb-stick/
    See yumi for multi-boot versions
    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/

    MultiBoot USB with Grub2 (boot directly from iso files)
    Basically you just install grub2, create a folder for the isos and edit a grub.cfg to loop mount the isos.
    HOWTO: Booting LiveCD ISOs from USB flash drive with Grub2
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1288604
    http://ubuntu-ky.ubuntuforums.org/sh....php?t=1535864
    Install grub2 to USB -general info
    http://members.iinet.net/~herman546/....html#GRUB_USB

    CD/DVD multiboot
    multicd.sh - combine Linux ISOS into one - syslinux boot loader or isolinux.cfg
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1071869
    http://multicd.tuxfamily.org/

    How to create an Ubuntu All-in-one Live DVD uses grub4dos
    http://prshah.blogspot.com/2009/10/h...n-one-dvd.html

    Older but procedure is same.
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/28299...-64-bit-ubuntu
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Multi OS install disk

    If the BIOS is set to boot from the CD/DVD drive and it loads some sort of menu, then the issue is with the CD/DVD. Surely, when you remove the disk and reboot it must boot into the OS on the hard disk? Unless the hard disk does not have an OS on it either.

    May be this disk has 4 ISO images that have been copied on to it and not burned to it in a way that will let you load either of them.

    Regards.
    It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
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    Re: Multi OS install disk

    Quote Originally Posted by grahammechanical View Post
    If the BIOS is set to boot from the CD/DVD drive and it loads some sort of menu, then the issue is with the CD/DVD. Surely, when you remove the disk and reboot it must boot into the OS on the hard disk? Unless the hard disk does not have an OS on it either.

    May be this disk has 4 ISO images that have been copied on to it and not burned to it in a way that will let you load either of them.

    Regards.
    Correct on all counts, I agree with the last point, although the seller would disagree.
    Thank you for the input.

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    Re: Multi OS install disk

    Thank you, oldfred; I will work my way through this.

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