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    problem getting usb drive to boot

    running 12.04 Ihave a maxtor 100g usb drive, downloaded a mageia3 iso instalation dvd ( sorry just thought I would look at it) used dd to "burn" image to usb drive, it worked, changed bios to boot usb and when it comes up it is just a black screen with a curser in top left hand corner, the isb drive is formatted to fat32 , any ideas? what else I can check? change? thnx in advance for any help';;;;;;;;

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    Re: problem getting usb drive to boot

    Use a usb-stick to boot up with, not a usb-drive. (I never try it with a usb-drive, but if it will work use the following):
    Use Multisystem or Unetbootin to make the live-usb, not 'dd'.
    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/multibo...sb-from-linux/
    Unetbootin: you install it via UbuntuSoftwareCenter.
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    Re: problem getting usb drive to boot

    Moved to otherOS since not Ubuntu.

    What video card. With Ubuntu I have to add nomodeset with all boots of live installers or first boot after install. Once I install proprietary nVidia driver then I do not need nomodeset.

    How to set NOMODESET and other kernel boot options in grub2 - both BIOS liveCD & grub first boot ( also UEFI with grub)
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1613132
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions

    Never dd to another larger drive. You just erased the entire drive as you overwrote the first 700MB of the drive including old partition table. dd is ok if a smaller flash drive that you are ok with totally overwriting, but I prefer any of the other methods as dd is dangerous if you do not understand consequences.


    Powerful command, but often misused and then nicknamed "dd" Data Destroyer
    http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ommand-362506/
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    Re: problem getting usb drive to boot

    Thnx for the help, using the usb ONLY for additional distros,

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    SOLVED Re: problem getting usb drive to boot

    Gheez do I feel idiotic, what I tried worked only when using dd NEVER NEVER put a number behind the of= drive,,, redid the dd and rebooted to iso and up she came,,,
    Thnx to all who replied

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    Re: problem getting usb drive to boot

    If you have a hard drive or larger flash drive and want to boot a variety of ISOs, you can just install grub to device and copy as many ISO as will fit. Most ISO now will boot with grub2's loopmount, a few will not.

    This will boot an ISO from a hard drive.
    ISO Booting with Grub 2 from Hard drive - drs305
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/ISOBoot
    Examples - you may copy & edit for your path & ISO version
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Gr...OBoot/Examples
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1549847
    Boot ISO from harddrive. To install it would have to be different partition
    [SOLVED] Using grub 2 to boot an iso off hard drive old examples
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1535864

    On a couple of my larger flash drives I have a full install of Ubuntu as a backup way to boot and then several repair ISO, gparted, partedmagic, Boot-Repair Remix, other Ubuntu etc that I can also boot from grub with loopmount.
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