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Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS x64 live CD or live USB doesn't boot on Gigabyte GA-H97M-HD3 motherboard

This is my PC: G.Skill Ares DDR3 1600 PC3-12800 8GB 2x4GB CL9 Gigabyte GA-H97M-HD3 Intel Core i7-4790 3.6Ghz Box Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB MSI GeForce GTX750 OC 2GB GDDR5 Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ...
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Bad/Damaged Drive No Longer Even Accessible via LiveCD

I have a bad/damaged hard drive that had Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS installed on it, and per suggestions in the Ubuntu Forums, I was going to try and use ddrescue on it to clone it to another drive and ...
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What version is this Live CD / Live USB?

I often have a number of Live CDs sitting around (actually USBs) and I'm not always sure which version is which. Is there some quick way to find out the Ubuntu version I'm looking at? Perhaps a file I ...
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How to boot from non-Ubuntu live ISO images like Fedora or CentOS?

I found that it can be done with loopback as follows menuentry "Lucid ISO" { loopback loop (hd0,1)/boot/iso/ubuntu-10.04-desktop-i386.iso linux (loop)/casper/vmlinuz boot=casper ...
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How is ubuntu live user graphical session (startx) started up in a LiveCD?

I am trying to build a custom ISO, using ubuntu-builder. I've taken a 12.40 mini remix ISO as a starting point. Here is my specific example - however, I'm interested in principle how the process goes ...
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How to remove X from Ubuntu Live?

Could somebody help me to build Ubuntu without X server, so it is Console Only? Also after it boots to run a certain script? I have very slow hardware, which doesn't have screen and need to run it via ...
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Can't write /etc/sudoers from Ubuntu live CD

I messed up the /etc/sudoers file, now I need to restore it. Booted up the system with an Ubuntu Live CD, installed LVM and mounted the Volume. I'm root and I can't write to the sudoers file in my ...
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Using custom 14.4.1 livecd on no-hardrive laptop, how can I use the CDROM temporarily to copy files into the ramdisk for that session?

I made a custom LiveCD with the tools I needed for a no-harddrive laptop (getting to reuse some old chassis I have for basic network config tasks), using the uck. I can boot to the new liveCD no ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 installation problems

When installing Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit I get this error message: stdin:not a typewriter mounting /dev/sdb3 on /cdrom failed: Invalid argument failed to change /etc/passwd to 600 buffer io error on ...
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Unable to locate package chntpw

To overwrite a Windows 7 password, one can boot from a Ubuntu LiveCD and run chntpw. Unfortunately, installing chntpw is not so easy: $ sudo apt-get install chntpw E: Unable to locate package chntpw ...
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Installing Ubuntu on a USB stick from live CD session

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 ...
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Run Ubuntu on an iMac G5

I have an old iMac G5 (without a webcam) that I would like to get running Ubuntu. The iMac has no hard drive in it, and I would like to get a live CD running so I can test out Ubuntu before I buy a ...
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Gparted: cancel pending operation

I started three gparted operations about an hour ago. It consist of moving a partition, growing another and then moving another partition. I would like to cancel the third one / stop after the second. ...
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No sound in 12.04 on VirtualBox

No sound when installed in VirtualBox. When I boot from the live CD in Windows, sound works fine on my speakers. When in boot the live CD in VirtualBox it does not see my speakers. In sound properties ...
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making windows install with WINUSB on live usb system

I am trying to make a windowsXP install usb with winusb. I get a winusb exit code 256. This error occurs whether i format the drive fat32 or ntfs. Ive tried the created usb and grub seems to load ...
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Recovering user files with a Live CD

For some reason my bootup isn't working. I get an error akin to "Operating System Not Found". So I tried bootrepair, and that didn't work. So then I decided I would just save my personal files, wipe ...
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How can I create a bootable iso from an extracted Ubuntu 13.04 iso?

I have an extracted copy of Ubuntu 13.04 iso (live CD), but if I burn it directly it will not boot. Is there any way to create a bootable iso so that I can burn it to a DVD or USB flash drive? I ...
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Ubuntu Live CD/USB - Available Space

I recently used a Live CD to resolve a file access issue on a .7z archive. I am a new Linux user and initially concluded that I could not install p7-Zip (or other software) in a live session. I later ...
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Custom LiveCD — Skip Install/boot to desktop and run custom app

Following the list of instructions here, I was able to create a LiveCD that I can boot (testing in Virtualbox) but I can't seem to find a way to "boot to desktop", skipping the "Install dialog" ...
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How to securily erase hard drive with ubuntu live cd?

I want to sell my old SSD on ebay. How do I prepare the hard drive to protect my personal data and get the hard drive in a good shape using a ubuntu live cd?
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Secure boot / UEFI Boot issues after 15.04 installed

I have a Dell XPS 13 (2015) with Win 8.1 Pro installed. I created a UEFI USB boot drive with Ubuntu 15.04 on it. Using Windows I shrank my windows partition by 40GB. I inserted the USB and rebooted, ...
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ubuntu 12.04 server livecd install with modules that aren't available in the generic header

I'm trying to install ubuntu on a device with SAS drives. For this to work I need the kernel module mpt3sas. I would need this module to be loaded on startup or do it manually(modprobe) However, it ...
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Installer gets stuck with a grayed out forward button

I have a CD with Ubuntu 10.10 and a laptop with Ubuntu 8.10. The laptop had all sorts of crud on it, and anything I wanted to keep was backed up on an external drive, so I was happy to do a wipe and ...
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Is it possible to customize the kernel when customizing a Live CD?

I am customizing Ubuntu Live by following this answer in order to obtain my preferred ISO. This method is fine, and I have made it work with Ubuntu, Xubuntu, v12, v14, and even Kali Linux. But it ...
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Is it okay to burn CDs of Ubuntu and then sell them for a low or cheap price? [duplicate]

Before possibly judging my question, here is my motive. I am a 13 year old teen from the Philippines. I am a Linux Enthusiast (although I still use Windows on my desktop for gaming). I wanted to make ...
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The installer needs to remove operating system files from the install target, but was unable to do so. The install cannot continue

After breaking Ubuntu I decided to reinstall Ubuntu, since I had heard it is quite simple with a live CD/USB, all you need to do is select "Something Else", then not select the "Format Partition" ...
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Ubuntu Live CD with /dev/nvram available

Is there any way to make /dev/nvram available when running from the Live CD? It says on the manpage for the nvram driver that it has to be compiled into the kernel. Is it possible to do that while ...
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Localized libre-office in Ubuntu

When I boot from Ubuntu live CD, I can choose "Marathi" language. But firefox and libreoffice User Interface is still in English. How do I translate the menu options? Update: Here is how to set ...
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Ubuntu won't boot without install CD

I'm having trouble installing Ubuntu on to a laptop that I have. The laptop originally had Windows 7 installed on it but I'd like to completely get rid of that and replace it with Ubuntu. I made an ...
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Is there a way I can partition my HDD without booting into LiveCD/USB?

It will not let me partition, it says the same amount for max and minimum amount of free-space, and the option to partition is grayed out, is there a way I can partition the HDD without using a ...
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LiveCD and IBM Thinkpad

I have an IBM Thinkpad (Type 2647) on my bench that is giving me some major issues. The hard drive has been wiped (deleted the old, virus-ridden Windows XP partition from it). Now comes the ...
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How to upgrade the kernel of Xubuntu 15.04 Live CD to latest 4.1/4.0.6 version?

I am trying to upgrade the kernel of Xubuntu 15.04 AMD64 live CD to the latest version available (4.1/4.0.6) so that I can try and install the same on hitherto unsupported hardware. I am using the ...
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Install ubuntu with the command line

I want to install Ubuntu without using Ubiquity. I want to install it through the command line only. Not looking for Ubuntu Server install. Just help on how I can install it through the command line. ...
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Macbook won't boot Ubuntu Live CD

I have downloaded the iso file, gone to Disk Utility, clicked 'Burn' to burn the iso to the blank DVD+R, but when I restart my Macbook and hold down the Option key, there is only my HDD shown as a ...
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Mouse not working in xubuntu

Hi i am new to the linux world and i decided to install xubuntu 14.04. To test xubuntu 14.04, I booted with the xubuntu live CD into my desktop. I was pleasantly surprised to find it worked nicely, ...
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Live CD loads and works. Installing shuts down?

I have a Toshiba Satellite A105 with 4G of Ram (2x2024). I have created Live CD's for Ubuntu, Mythbuntu, Fedora and SuperX. Every iso has been confirmed and burned correctly. I insert the CD and ...
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Live CD asks for a username and password

When I boot Ubuntu 10.04.3 from a live CD, it asks me to enter a username and password. I have not booted before, and I haven't created an account.
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Using the Installer and clicking Upgrade - Are they the same?

I'm currently using 11.10. I have a downloaded copy of 12.04 on CD. Question: Is it the same if I hit the UPGRADE button on the update manager, or install 12.04 through the CD? Will I lose my ...
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Should a 14.04 server iso operate as a live CD?

Do the Ubuntu 14.04 Server installation .iso files come with a 'Try Ubuntu' option, or is that only on the Desktop versions? In other words, can I use this media as a live CD, for tasks such as ...
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Ubuntu LiveCd hangs on boot screen

Every time I try to install or try Ubuntu I hit the booting screen and it hangs there forever. I've never had any issues installing Ubuntu. Currently I've tried putting Ubuntu on a live ...
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Auto hide Unity Launcher for customized liveCD

I need to change the behavior of the Unity Launcher of my liveCD of Ubuntu 14.04. I need it to auto-hide but I can't find the 'config' file to modify in order to set the auto-hide 'ON'. Thanks for ...
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how do I burn a Live CD onto a USB? [duplicate]

I got the LiveCD from Ubuntu.com and I only have a USB to work with, can I burn a Live CD onto a USB inside windows 8.1? (no disk tray installed, no budget to buy one with). Is it possible, if so, ...
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Installing Ubuntu 12.04 without installing Grub

Using the Ubuntu 12.04 Live CD, is possible not to install Grub? In previous versions, there was a checkbox called something like "skip grub installation", now in 12.04 this checkbox isn't there any ...
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How do I install for a Mac while the Mac's hard drive is in a PC?

Host = HP Pavilion i7 q 820 Target = Macbook Pro 6,2 Basically I have the drive partitioned for swap and boot, with the ISO already copied to the drive, how can I install grub for that target from ...
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Boot from Live CD, then install from USB stick? (because CDROM drive extremely slow/faulty)

I am trying to install Xubuntu on an old PC with: A USB port that can't boot, but otherwise works fine. A CDROM drive that can boot, but is extremely slow and fails often. I created a USB stick ...
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Install screen doesn't show on Ubuntu LiveCD/LiveUSB

I got a new PC about a year ago and back then I tried to install Ubuntu beside Windows 7. I used my 3 month (back then) old CD I used to successfully install on my old computer beside of Windows XP. ...
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How to find file on random partions then mount that partition

Im trying to write a batch script that will find a specific file (EX .homemnt) on a random partion then mount that partition to what ever location I want (EX /home).. Added notes: Will be used on ...
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Delete files on HDD while using LiveCD

I've got a little problem. After installing the latest upadates Ubuntu 13.10 (IIRC) and rebooting, I can access the GUI log-in interface, but after entering my password the monitor remains black with ...
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Can't boot live usb or cd on 2006 macmini running xubuntu

I had to install Refit to boot a xubuntu 12.04.4 install cd originally. I chose to use the whole disk to install xubuntu. I need to reinstall due to some user errors, but now I can't boot any cd's or ...