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    Trouble with a Thumb Drive

    Ok, I am having an issue using the "Create A USB startup disk". here is what I have done
    I have a Kingston 2GB DataTraveler.
    1. I have successfully installed Ubuntu 8.10 on my system
    2. I have Used the "Create a USB startup" utility
    3. while using said utility, I used the Install disk to create the image
    and the program says it was successfully done.
    4. I also had that program format the drive for me.
    5. when rebooting and attempting to go into the USB drive. It leaves me with a command line "Boot:". No matter what I type in this command prompt, It throws back "Can not find Kernel." This happens on both of my computers.
    6. I have basically followed this websites instructions to the "T"
    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2008/11...usb-installer/

    It still wont work, what on earth am I doing wrong.

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    Re: Trouble with a Thumb Drive

    Quote Originally Posted by yakove View Post
    Ok, I am having an issue using the "Create A USB startup disk". here is what I have done
    ...
    It still wont work, what on earth am I doing wrong.
    Have you done an md5 hash on the iso you downloaded and compared it to the correct hash? Did you use the iso or a CD as your "source"? If you used a CD, does the CD boot up fully?

    to find the md5sum:
    Code:
    md5sum ubuntu-8.10-desktop-i386.iso
    of course, substitute the name of the iso you're using..

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    Re: Trouble with a Thumb Drive

    I used the image on the CD... not the ISO... the Md5sum came back
    24ea1163ea6c9f5dae77de8c49ee7c03

    I just checked this and it seems to be correct.

    The Cd does boot correctly
    Last edited by yakove; December 30th, 2008 at 04:54 AM.

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    Re: Trouble with a Thumb Drive

    ok, I also just tried to do it with ISO instead of using the CD... and I got the Same result.

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    Re: Trouble with a Thumb Drive

    ok my syslinux.cfg looks like this... is this correct? or is something missing?

    include menu.cfg
    default vesamenu.c32
    prompt 0
    timeout 300
    gfxboot bootlogo

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    Re: Trouble with a Thumb Drive

    ok, after doing a lot of reading I understand why it is not working...

    syslinux.cfg is not pointing to the location of vmlinuz or my initrd.gz on my USB drive at all.

    so my next question is... how exactly do I get this file to work properly? maybe someone can show me what their syslinux.cfg on their flash drive looks like.

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    Re: Trouble with a Thumb Drive

    Here's mine.

    Code:
    include menu.cfg
    default vesamenu.c32
    prompt 0
    timeout 300
    gfxboot bootlogo

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    Re: Trouble with a Thumb Drive

    Does yours works? that looks exactly like whats on mine... hmm I wonder what else could be wrong.

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    Re: Trouble with a Thumb Drive

    I just used the alternative installation that is shown here

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

    It still is giving me the same error even though the syslinux.cfg seems to be correct. Im starting to think that maybe this particular flash drive might have issues with being used as a bootable device...

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