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    "Make start up disk" GUI not working

    Hi everybody, can everyone give me an advice about "Make start up disk" GUI? I love to use this tool to create live USB because is straight forward and beginner friendly , however it does not seems to work in my system. I can't load any .iso file in the upper dialog box.
    To be more accurate I can select my .iso file using "other" button however the selection is always ignored and I cannot proceed with disk creation. Am I missing something or there is a problem with it? I'm using Xubuntu 12.04.
    Thanks for your help
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    Re: "Make start up disk" GUI not working

    Will this method work for you?

    Code:
    usb-creator-gtk -i candidate.iso
    Use the real /path/name to the iso file you want to use. See
    Code:
    man usb-creator-gtk
    for more details.

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    Re: "Make start up disk" GUI not working

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    Will this method work for you?

    Code:
    usb-creator-gtk -i candidate.iso
    Use the real /path/name to the iso file you want to use. See
    Code:
    man usb-creator-gtk
    for more details.
    Hi, thanks for your kind suggestion.
    I had a go using -i option as you suggested;
    I had this output
    isoinfo: Unable to find Joliet SVD
    program was actually launced but file wasn't loaded and still make start up disk button was disabled.
    Moreover I installed imageWriter and even that failed to upload my .iso file (I navigated to the folder containing .iso files but the program did not detect any of them)

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    Re: "Make start up disk" GUI not working

    Quote Originally Posted by ACon125 View Post
    Hi, thanks for your kind suggestion.
    I had a go using -i option as you suggested;
    I had this output
    isoinfo: Unable to find Joliet SVD
    program was actually launced but file wasn't loaded and still make start up disk button was disabled.
    Moreover I installed imageWriter and even that failed to upload my .iso file (I navigated to the folder containing .iso files but the program did not detect any of them)
    I think it is another problem, not with usb-creator-gtk or imagewrite. Maybe your computer cannot read the iso files.

    Can you try with a terminal window to list the file and its permissions?

    Change directory with cd to the directory where you have the an iso file. You can drag and drop the directory from the file browser Thunar (the blobs at the top of the thunar window)

    Code:
    cd /path-to-iso-file/
    Code:
    ls -l candidate.iso
    and post the output of the command in a reply

    Edit: Joliet indicates a CD or DVD. Is your iso file on a CD or DVD? Or are you opening the file instead of just selecting it to be imaged to the USB drive?
    Last edited by sudodus; February 26th, 2013 at 05:57 PM. Reason: Joliet ...

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    Re: "Make start up disk" GUI not working

    output is like this
    Code:
    -rw-rw-r-- 1
    and yes there is no CD or DVD involved, I downloaded the file and saved on the HDD
    (...yes I'm a newbie if someone is still wondering )
    thanks for your help

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    Re: "Make start up disk" GUI not working

    Quote Originally Posted by ACon125 View Post
    output is like this
    Code:
    -rw-rw-r-- 1
    and yes there is no CD or DVD involved, I downloaded the file and saved on the HDD
    (...yes I'm a newbie if someone is still wondering )
    thanks for your help
    Read and write for user and group, read only for others. So the file should be readable for everybody.

    1. But please show the whole line (change your user name to user, if you don't want to show it).

    2. And what about your USB drive, which you want to make bootable with Ubuntu? Please insert it, mount it (if possible) using the file browser and post the output of the following commands

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -lu
    Code:
    sudo blkid
    Code:
    df
    These commands will show drives, partitions and file-systems available and mounted (internal as well as external drives). I hope to understand if your USB drive is properly partitioned and formatted from this information.

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    Re: "Make start up disk" GUI not working

    I followed your instruction, these are the output I obtained

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post

    1. But please show the whole line (change your user name to user, if you don't want to show it).
    Code:
    -rw-r--r-- 1 user user 725921732 Feb 25 23:47 lubuntu-12.10-desktop-i386.iso
    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    2. And what about your USB drive, which you want to make bootable with Ubuntu? Please insert it, mount it (if possible) using the file browser and post the output of the following commands

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -lu
    Code:
    sudo blkid
    Code:
    df
    These commands will show drives, partitions and file-systems available and mounted (internal as well as external drives). I hope to understand if your USB drive is properly partitioned and formatted from this information.
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -lu
    Code:
    Disk /dev/sdc: 2003 MB, 2003828736 bytes
    62 heads, 62 sectors/track, 1018 cylinders, total 3913728 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00000000
    Code:
    sudo blkid
    Code:
    /dev/sdc: SEC_TYPE="msdos" LABEL="USB DISK" UUID="0012-D687" TYPE="vfat"
    and finally

    Code:
    df
    Code:
    /dev/sdc         1956608      672   1955936   1% /media/USB DISK
    For the sake of brevity I omitted info about hard disk partitions but I can post it if required.

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    Re: "Make start up disk" GUI not working

    It's fine with the info you provided

    The iso file is yours (not any strange ownership). And the size is reasonable for Lubuntu (I did not check it, but it should be what it is supposed to be).
    --
    But there is one strange thing with the USB drive. The file system sits on the whole drive. There is no separate partition from the identity of the drive itself. When we edit partitions with gparted on a HDD, SSD or USB flash drive (pendrive), there is the drive name /dev/sdx with the drive letter x, in your case c for the third drive. Then the partitions on the drive have numbers y so the block device name will be /dev/sdxy, in your case it should be 1 if only one partition. But there is no partition /dev/sdc1

    It could be mounted according to the output of df, and maybe you can read and write files on that pendrive. But I think it will make the USB creator programs confused.

    I suggest that you try to change it. Install gparted into your working Xubuntu with
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gparted
    Then run it with
    Code:
    gksudo gparted
    - Select the pendrive at the top right corner of the gparted window. Make sure it is the pendrive (check the size of it).

    - Select Device -- Create partition table
    and make an MSDOS partition table (the standard one with MBR etc)

    - Select Partition or right-click on the graphic field representing the drive space and create a new partition

    - Format the partition to FAT32.

    - Add a suitable label, for example USB-LU

    - Finally click on the tick icon at the top of the gparted window to perform the operations on the USB drive.

    And you should be ready to run usb-creator-gtk again, but maybe you'll want to check that there is really a partition /dev/sdc1 first.
    Last edited by sudodus; February 27th, 2013 at 02:36 AM. Reason: check that there is a /dev/sdc1 partition

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    Re: "Make start up disk" GUI not working

    hi there,
    first of all thanks so much for your help. I truly appreciate your support
    nevertheless I'm still stuck. I installed gparted and run it following your suggestion but something went wrong and I had the following error message (see pic) moreover the USB drive failed to mount since then.
    I'm kind of ready to give up.
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    Re: "Make start up disk" GUI not working

    No don't give up yet. It is time to get the supertool dd, nick-named 'disk destroyer'. dd is tool, that can write on devices, partitions and file systems at a very low level if necessary. It does what you tell it to do, and asks no questions. So if you ask it to do something stupid, for example wipe your internal drive, that is not backed up, it will wipe it.

    But if you know what to do and tell it to do that, it does miracles. But back to engineering language again ...

    As long as you have not changed the naming of your devices, so that the USB pendrive remains at /dev/sdc, change directory to where you have the lubuntu iso file. And then run this command

    Code:
    sudo dd if=lubuntu-12.10-desktop-i386.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=4096
    It asks no questions and won't tell you anything either until it has finished, unless you kick on it with a kill command from another terminal window.
    Code:
    ps -A|grep " dd$"
    and use the four digit number from the output in the next command, for example
    Code:
    sudo kill -USR1 5441
    That should produce a few lines showing how much it has written and at what speed.

    When dd has finished you have a boot drive. The USB drive has the same file system on it as if it were a CD disk.

    Good luck

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