View Full Version : [xubuntu] Unetbootin persistent login problems

June 13th, 2012, 08:12 PM
I just used Unetbootin to create a persistent Xubuntu 11.10 install on a USB drive (FAT32). This worked fine the first time, but then required a password. I tried these combinations of logins and passwords:

ubuntu -
ubuntu ubuntu
xubuntu -
xubuntu xubuntu
root -
root root
root pass
root password
None worked. I reinstalled. Same thing. I mounted the casper file system:

mkdir /media/casper
mount /media/KITE/casper-rw /media/casper -o loop
And edited (/media/casper)/etc/passwd to delete the 'x' in the root line. Login fails, and the 'x' miraculously found its way back into the passwd line..

Has anyone come across this, or similar, or have any ideas about how to resolve it?

June 14th, 2012, 06:06 PM
It looks like there's some fault on the USB drive that makes it incompatible with unetbootin's install; it often hangs up while it's writing the casper-rw file.

After I downloaded the xubuntu 11.10 iso again (despite the md5sum checking out) the 'Startup Disk Creator' managed to create a persistent xubuntu 11.10 install on the problematic USB drive. And I was just able to make one with unetbootin on a different USB drive. Neither has the login problem described above.

Both of these installs function normally in casual testing, with one oddity: it's impossible to delete files in the GUI. rm works in the terminal, but it'd be nice to be able to delete as normal in the GUI...

June 14th, 2012, 06:11 PM
There was some issues with 11.xx.

Known Issues
Natty Narwhal 11.04 is having issues with USB flash drives from SanDisk that have U3 Launchpad. You can either use another brand or use either u3-tool from Ubuntu Repositories or SanDisk's U3 Launchpad Removal Tool to remove U3.

June 14th, 2012, 06:17 PM
Thanks irv - couldn't see anything obviously relevant to this trash problem in 11.10 tho...

I mainly need a USB install for fallback purposes, so working round it with rm isn't too bad.