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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Zeroed the full USB using mkusb, installed Persistent Ubuntu 18.04 using mkusb defaults, booted USB and ran sudo apt-get install qemu-kvm qemu virt-manager virt-viewer libvirt-bin , rebooted and made a Live USB using Startup Disk Creator, option to Test Disk appeared at end of installation.

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    That makes it easy to implement a testing environment, @C.S.Cameron,

    It could be a good idea to look at the code of usb-creator-gtk to see how 'test' is implemented. I think it is a python script.

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Currently following up on a problem where the booting process hangs at post login. It may be some backlight issue, but I would like to update the BIOS on this Dell Laptop Inspiron 3542. But how do you update with a non Windows OS ? Dell have a guide at Updating the Dell BIOS in Linux and Ubuntu Environments

    I'd much prefer to use mkusb though, so may ask on the Dell forum for them to change it. What is "disks" anyway ? I don't have that. Plus the Dell article states we will be notified if the BIOS needs updating. Nope, doesn't happen. Anyway, most of those issues I need to chase up with Dell; just checking here that mkusb is valid to use for updating the BIOS.

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Quote Originally Posted by oygle View Post
    Currently following up on a problem where the booting process hangs at post login. It may be some backlight issue, but I would like to update the BIOS on this Dell Laptop Inspiron 3542. But how do you update with a non Windows OS ? Dell have a guide at Updating the Dell BIOS in Linux and Ubuntu Environments
    Dell's link looks good. Please notice that there is a difference between systems 2015 onwards and systems before 2015. I found documentation for your computer model from 2014, but the computer might still be manufactured 2015 onwards, so I don't know what to select.

    Maybe it is safest to use FreeDOS.
    I'd much prefer to use mkusb though, so may ask on the Dell forum for them to change it. What is "disks" anyway ? I don't have that. Plus the Dell article states we will be notified if the BIOS needs updating. Nope, doesn't happen. Anyway, most of those issues I need to chase up with Dell; just checking here that mkusb is valid to use for updating the BIOS.
    - I have never used mkusb to update the BIOS, so I cannot give you any guarantee, but it can to do what Disks can do (to create a partition with a FAT32 file system) as described in Dell's link.

    - Disks alias `gnome-disks`is a tool to do several tasks with mass storage devices (disks, drives), and it is bundled with Ubuntu and several (maybe all) Ubuntu community flavours.

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    Re: Howto make USB boot drives

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    Dell's link looks good. Please notice that there is a difference between systems 2015 onwards and systems before 2015. I found documentation for your computer model from 2014, but the computer might still be manufactured 2015 onwards, so I don't know what to select.
    Thanks, I have since been notified by Dell that it is a 2014 model.

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    Maybe it is safest to use FreeDOS.
    Yes, probably.

    Quote Originally Posted by sudodus View Post
    - Disks alias `gnome-disks`is a tool to do several tasks with mass storage devices (disks, drives), and it is bundled with Ubuntu and several (maybe all) Ubuntu community flavours.
    Okay, I guess if that is the tool they suggest, I'd better use that. Thanks for your help.

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