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How to make a bootable USB stick from any iso? (Solved)
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s243a

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PostPosted: Wed 20 Jul 2016, 02:12    Post subject:  

bigcheez wrote:
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


I'm not sure if this is related at all but did you follow this step:

Quote:

However you can manually tweak the syslinux.cfg file on the USB flash drive.

Change:

Code:

 append initrd=initrd.gz pmedia=cd   


To:
Code:
   
append initrd=initrd.gz pmedia=usbflash


http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=99826&sid=7497810360a8348ee222f5b0f44ee4f7

Did you install it to the first partition. Did you use fat32, ext2 or something else?

I recall you saying the boot flag was set. What type of partition table did you use. Was it MBR or GPT?
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bigcheez

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PostPosted: Wed 20 Jul 2016, 05:31    Post subject:  

I appreciate all of your help and apologize for being a pain
I did not realize this would be so involved for what I thought was a simple task
if you wish to suggest an alternate route, I'm open for suggestions
Confused
gcmartin wrote:
Please share
Hardware
  • What PC you are attempting to run the USB?
  • Is it 32bit/64bit?
  • How much RAM?


Dell Vostro 1500 (x64) w/ Puppy Precise installed
Sandisk Cruzer Glide 8GB
1GB RAM
the puppy is the latest ver & is x64 I assume. I do I know for sure?

gcmartin wrote:
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?

linuxmint-17.3-xfce-64bit.iso
never, not on any pc
it does pause with the usual countdown
I did nothing extra

s243a wrote:
I'm not sure if this is related at all but did you follow this step
Quote:

However you can manually tweak the syslinux.cfg file on the USB flash drive.

Change:
Code:
append initrd=initrd.gz pmedia=cd

To:
Code:
append initrd=initrd.gz pmedia=usbflash

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=99826&sid=7497810360a8348ee222f5b0f44ee4f7

the line was
Code:
append initrd=/ubninit

I changed it to
Code:
append initrd=/ubninit pmedia=usbflash

no change, same result

s243a wrote:
Did you install it to the first partition. Did you use fat32, ext2 or something else?
I recall you saying the boot flag was set. What type of partition table did you use. Was it MBR or GPT?

I used Gparted to create a single partition
I tried both fat32 and ext2
I do not know what partition table it is, who do I find out?

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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Wed 20 Jul 2016, 06:02    Post subject:  

bigcheez wrote:
Robert123 wrote:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=67235
just twelve easy steps?

Maybe it's time to revisit this method.
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s243a

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PostPosted: Wed 20 Jul 2016, 10:05    Post subject:  

bigcheez wrote:

s243a wrote:
I'm not sure if this is related at all but did you follow this step
Quote:

However you can manually tweak the syslinux.cfg file on the USB flash drive.

Change:
Code:
append initrd=initrd.gz pmedia=cd

To:
Code:
append initrd=initrd.gz pmedia=usbflash

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=99826&sid=7497810360a8348ee222f5b0f44ee4f7

the line was
Code:
append initrd=/ubninit

I changed it to
Code:
append initrd=/ubninit pmedia=usbflash

no change, same result


Check the name of your boot image. It is what follows "initrd="

normally it should be "initrd.gz" as noted above. You seem to have "/ubninit"

You should be able to find your boot image on your USB drive.

However, since you appear to not be trying to install puppylinux the name could be different.

Actually the above modifications to syslinux.cfg apply to puppylinux. They may not apply to "linux mint"
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bigcheez

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PostPosted: Wed 20 Jul 2016, 20:40    Post subject:  

it appears there was a conflict with the iso
I've downloaded linuxmint-18-mate-64bit.iso and it works fine

a review for unetbootin

Arrow although it's lacking a fancy gui, the isobooter script seems more straight forward and allows for a multiboot option
Robert123 wrote:
Maybe it's time to revisit this method
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=67235
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learnhow2code

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PostPosted: Wed 20 Jul 2016, 23:39    Post subject:  

i put refractahr (refracta+puppy tahr) on a usb a day or two ago, and all you have to do is use isohybrid.

you use it like this:

$ isohybrid nameofiso.iso

then dd the iso to the usb.

not the least bit against tools that make this easier on the user... its good to document the way that is closest to standard in case you need to do it on another distro, or you want to make your OWN tool to make it easy for the user (using yad in puppy for example.)

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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jul 2016, 21:31    Post subject:  

bigcheez wrote:
although it's lacking a fancy gui, the isobooter script seems more straight forward and allows for a multiboot option

Is that a confirmation that ISObooter worked for you? I tried it with linuxmint-17.2-xfce-32bit.iso and it worked fine.
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PostPosted: Thu 18 Aug 2016, 03:44    Post subject: boot Antix and QTos.  

Each Linux has its own boot.. (not really true.)
With GRUB4Dos from Puppy i boot Antix and QTos.
Ubuntu starts but scripts stop before success, Linux Mint too
Complete Flop with Suse and Fedora
I don't need These Linux. It's for training
ISObooter is in my projects. (Recommended by French Toutou team Esmourguit, translated from rcrsn51 topics)
boot Antix and Ubuntu Grub4Dos

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