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How to make a bootable USB stick from any iso? (Solved)
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bigcheez

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PostPosted: Mon 18 Jul 2016, 20:22    Post subject:  How to make a bootable USB stick from any iso? (Solved)
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I would like to us a mint iso to make a bootable usb stick from within puppy. please don't yell at me to just search. it is very difficult to search because all the results will tell me how to make a live puppy usb. I've tried unetbooting and other programs. they are either missing libraries that cannot be downloaded through the repos or are broken somehow

again, I'm trying to make a bootable usb stick from an iso ... NOT A PUPPY INSTAL

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PostPosted: Mon 18 Jul 2016, 20:27    Post subject:  

See MultiPUP utility: Feed it the ISO (1 or as many as you like) and out pops a USB bootable. (that thread's opening page direct you to this for the latest release for 32bit PUPs)

Post your finding or results on that thread for others to see.

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bigcheez

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jul 2016, 06:33    Post subject: !!! BOOTABLE USB OF ANY ISO OTHER THAN PUPPY !!!  

either I'm not understanding the multipup help file or I was not clear enough of my intention. I DO NOT WANT TO LOAD A PUPPY ISO to a bootable floppy. I am looking for a solution that will boot other ISOs
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jul 2016, 07:05    Post subject:  

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=67235
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jul 2016, 07:11    Post subject:    

Robert123 wrote:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=67235
just twelve easy steps?
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jul 2016, 09:39    Post subject:  

I have had the best luck with Unetbootin:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=99826&sid=7497810360a8348ee222f5b0f44ee4f7

but I think next time I'll try the MultiPup utility mentioned above by gcmartin.

I find the bootloader options with the Universal installer confusing because I never know which one will work. However, as an alternative to the above two approaches you can use the universal installer just as a means to copy the necessary files and then use a bootloader configuration utility such as the "grub4dos" which is included w/ puppylinux.

I did something like this recently. I used the universal installer to copy the files from the ISO to a linux partition and then I moved these files to the NTFS patrician since the universal installer won't let you install to NTFS, which is stupid because you can boot puppy on an NTFS partition using grub4dos. I than ran grub4dos to make the external hard drive bootable.

When I booted up I created the save folder on the linux patrician.

The reason that I kept the NTFS partition is that I didn't know whether there were any files in it that might enhance the hard drives functionality. Also in my opinion the universal installer should let you install wherever you want as long as you plan to do just a frugal installation, especially since the save folder does not have to reside in the same partition as the kernel, boot image and initial sfs file are located.
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jul 2016, 10:30    Post subject:  

I tried unetbootin from the link provided. it install fine but will not recognize my usb stick. it complains that I need to format the stick to fat32 which I tried and it still won't recognize it
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jul 2016, 10:40    Post subject:  

bigcheez wrote:
I tried unetbootin from the link provided. it install fine but will not recognize my usb stick. it complains that I need to format the stick to fat32 which I tried and it still won't recognize it


Perhaps your USB drive is defective. BTW l recomended using ext2 for a USB stick. I have had no problems with using ext2 with puppylinux and unetbootin. Also install to the first partician and make sure that your boot flag is set.

The only reason kept the NTFS partician in the above example is that the seagate external hard drive, that I had, may Of had some features which dependended on NTFS.

***as a side note.

If you are trying to do this on windows there are ext2/3/4 drivers that you can get for windows. I have successfully used unetbootin on windows but can't rember if i did it to a fat32 ,NTFS, or ext2 formatted USB drive.

When I was new to puppylinux I found it easier to install from a cd just because there are so many different scenarios with USB installations.

Another way to try puppylinux is on a virtual kachine. fatdo64 works well with virtualbox. And if you are using virtualb9x you can mount the iso rather than using a Physical CD

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jul 2016, 10:48    Post subject:  

s243a wrote:
Perhaps your USB drive is defective. BTW l recomended using ext2 for a USB stick. I have had no problems with using ext2 with puppylinux and unetbootin. Also install to the first partician and make sure that your boot flag is set.
tried fat32. tried ext2. tried setting the boot flag. unetbootin does not recognize the stick. never had a problem with the stick before. still no problems with it except when it comes to unetbootin
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jul 2016, 10:58    Post subject:  

bigcheez wrote:
s243a wrote:
Perhaps your USB drive is defective. BTW l recomended using ext2 for a USB stick. I have had no problems with using ext2 with puppylinux and unetbootin. Also install to the first partician and make sure that your boot flag is set.
tried fat32. tried ext2. tried setting the boot flag. unetbootin does not recognize the stick. never had a problem with the stick before. still no problems with it except when it comes to unetbootin


are you usining unetbootin from within windows, linux or some other OS?

How are you starting it? Is the USB drive mounted or unmounted? Is the drive write protected? Are you using an actual USB drive or an SD card with a USB adaptor?
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jul 2016, 11:04    Post subject:  

s243a wrote:
are you usining unetbootin from within windows, linux or some other OS?
puppy precise
s243a wrote:
How are you starting it?
from terminal
s243a wrote:
Is the USB drive mounted or unmounted?
mounted
s243a wrote:
Is the drive write protected?
no
s243a wrote:
Are you using an actual USB drive or an SD card with a USB adaptor?
usb drive
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jul 2016, 11:15    Post subject:  

Unetbootin.
http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
Follow the directions for using an iso file you have already downloaded.
http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/#other

If Unetbootin is not finding your USB drive.

Sometimes you have to force the issue with Unetbootin.

Start Unetbootin from the console by using this command.

Code:
unetbootin installtype=USB targetdrive=/dev/sdb1


You tell it the target USB drive you want it to use.

My USB flash drive is sdb1

Just make the targetdrive=/dev/ (whatever your USB drive is identified as)

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jul 2016, 11:37    Post subject:  

bigpup wrote:
If Unetbootin is not finding your USB drive.
Sometimes you have to force the issue with Unetbootin.
Start Unetbootin from the console by using this command.
Code:
unetbootin installtype=USB targetdrive=/dev/sdb1

You tell it the target USB drive you want it to use

thx much, forcing it with the command switches seemed to do the trick
the program ran as intended, loaded and burned my iso to the usb
I'll check back and confirm the boot when I have time
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PostPosted: Wed 20 Jul 2016, 00:59    Post subject:  

bigcheez wrote:
bigpup wrote:
If Unetbootin is not finding your USB drive.
Sometimes you have to force the issue with Unetbootin.
Start Unetbootin from the console by using this command.
Code:
unetbootin installtype=USB targetdrive=/dev/sdb1

You tell it the target USB drive you want it to use

thx much, forcing it with the command switches seemed to do the trick
the program ran as intended, loaded and burned my iso to the usb
I'll check back and confirm the boot when I have time
although the program seemed to run fine and the computer did boot to the usb, the boot menu has only one option, default, and it won't boot but just reboots
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PostPosted: Wed 20 Jul 2016, 02:04    Post subject:  

Please share

Hardware
  • What PC you are attempting to run the USB?
  • Is it 32bit/64bit?
  • How much RAM?

OS
  • What distro did you burn?
  • Have you used this distro that you burned before on the PC you're booting?
  • Does the booting PC pause at the boot manager screen?
  • Did you enter any additional boot parms at the boot manager screen?
The answers may be helpful in getting the correct guidance you seek, now that you have a USB with a distro on it thats trying to boot.

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