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Thread: [SOLVED] Can't boot from USB stick

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    [SOLVED] Can't boot from USB stick

    I used intrepid's new USB startup drive creator. It worked fine, but I can't seem to boot off the USB stick. I tried two machines, a MacBook Pro, and a Dell Optiplex 745. The MacBook only showed the main hard drive as bootable. The Dell Optiplex just froze up on a black screen when I try to boot off the USB stick.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: Can't boot from USB stick

    I have a pair of 2 GB flash drives, both formatted FAT32. The USB Startup Drive creator in Intrepid (live CD) crashes when I use the first one. The second one installs fine, but I get a black screen with BOOT ERROR when I try to boot from it. My PC boots from other flash drives, using previous Linux distros.

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    Re: Can't boot from USB stick

    Sounds like a bug that needs squashing.

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    Re: Can't boot from USB stick

    This method from pendrivelinux.com worked just great, as far as I can tell:

    1. Download the Ubuntu 8.10 ISO and burn it to a CD
    2. Restart your computer, booting from the Live CD
    3. Insert a 2GB or larger USB flash drive
    4. Open a terminal and type the following into the terminal window:

    wget pendrivelinux.com/downloads/u810/u810.sh

    chmod +x u810.sh && sh u810.sh

    5. Follow the onscreen instructions
    6. Once the script has finished, reboot your computer and set your BIOS or boot menu to boot from the USB device

    Their web site is

    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2008/10...-from-live-cd/

    or

    http://tinyurl.com/6njspg

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    Re: Can't boot from USB stick

    Thanks for the info!

    Can anyone else confirm this (Intrepid's built-in USB startup disk maker) is not working properly?

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    Re: Can't boot from USB stick

    Usb-creator still seems to have a few problems.
    Works great for me with a 2G Kingston, but not with 4G or 8G Kingstons.

    Installs on all of them ok but the 4G and 8G don't boot.
    get everything from "grub_" to busybox with (initramfs)
    Last edited by C.S.Cameron; November 3rd, 2008 at 09:57 PM.

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    Re: Can't boot from USB stick

    Weird, why would the USB drive capacity make a difference, I wonder?

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    Re: Can't boot from USB stick

    Have tried dozens of times using usb-creator to install to a 4 gig Kingston, without success.
    This is what finally worked:
    Booted Live CD.
    Plugged in flash drive.
    Started Partition Editor
    Created 1 GB FAT32 partition, (on the left side of the bar).
    Created a 1.5 GB ext3 partition to the right of this, labeled it "casper-rw".
    Created a partition in the remaining space and labeled it "home-rw".
    Closed Partition Editor.
    Un-mounted and re-mounted flash drive.
    Started "Create a live usb startup disk", (usb-creator).
    Selected minimum "Stored in reserved extra space", (128 MB).
    Pressed "Make Startup Disk".
    When usb-creator finished, ran "gksu nautilus"
    Selected disk and deleted casper-rw.
    Shutdown, removed CD, rebooted.
    Changed desktop background, connected to wireless and installed FontForge.
    Rebooted, changes were persistent.
    Last edited by C.S.Cameron; November 4th, 2008 at 01:16 AM.

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    Re: Can't boot from USB stick

    Oops, double post.

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    Re: Can't boot from USB stick

    Quote Originally Posted by C.S.Cameron View Post
    Have tried dozens of times using usb-creator to install to a 4 gig Kingston, without success.
    This is what finally worked:
    Booted Live CD.
    Plugged in flash drive.
    Started Partition Editor
    Created 1 GB FAT32 partition, (on the left side of the bar).
    Created a 1.5 GB ext3 partition to the right of this, labeled it "casper-rw".
    Created a partition in the remaining space and labeled it "home-rw".
    Closed Partition Editor.
    Un-mounted and re-mounted flash drive.
    Started "Create a live usb startup disk", (usb-creator).
    Selected minimum "Stored in reserved extra space", (128 MB).
    Pressed "Make Startup Disk".
    When usb-creator finished, ran "gksu nautilus"
    Selected disk and deleted casper-rw.
    Shutdown, removed CD, rebooted.
    Changed desktop background, connected to wireless and installed FontForge.
    Rebooted, changes were persistent.
    This worked great, thanks! The only thing I found confusing is the "delete casper-rw" step. There's actually a FILE called casper-rw on the "disk" partition. I was looking at the casper-rw partition and wondering how/why I would delete it.

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