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I'm going by the instructions here: How do I install Ubuntu to a USB key?

Everything is ok except I keep getting the error:

open /dev/kvm: no such file or directory
could not initialize kvm, will disable kvm support
failed to find rom file etc. etc.

Then the kvm window opens but it is black and says remove disks or other media and press any key to restart.

I am booted up in a live CD session and trying to install on a usb stick.

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I don't know how I got it working but I now have a full install on my USB stick. I think that it may have had something to do with how I preformatted the stick. STAY AWAY FROM FAT32!!! Ext3 is the way to go. If you format FAT32 then you will get stuck with a 4gig partition limit. I think I formatted the disk with gparted under the install cd somehow and then was able to install. – Joshua Robison Apr 7 '11 at 17:35
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Can you please try to make the USB key bootable using UNetbootin and ISO from

Please keep me informed.

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