Questions related to live USB devices, which allow you to test drive Ubuntu without installing it on your hard drive.

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Apt-get dist-upgrade screws up USB stick with persistent file

I have read the Persistant File System vs Installation onto USB stick and realized I have my own question. The problem is: when you do sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade from ...
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Disk '/dev/sdb' doesn't contain a valid partition table

I have installed Ubuntu on the USB stick and afterwards tried to clean up the disc to install another version of Ubuntu. I was not able to do it (even when tried to delete files by using sudo -rm), ...
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How to properly burn and install Ubuntu 13.10 from USB-stick or DVD?

A few months ago, I've downloaded the Ubuntu 13.10 .iso file and made an usb flashdrive of it. It did not work, the boot seemed to start (that purple screen shows up) but not the screen asking about ...
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USB mouse and keyboard not working in Xubuntu LiveUSB

I'm at my wit's end trying to get the latest version of xubuntu to run or install from a USB drive. Here's what happens: when I boot from the USB drive, I choose the 'Try Xubuntu' option from the ...
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Error: No such device grub rescue (error appears when booting from USB too)

I know this error appears many times on the web, and the advice is to boot from a live CD/USB and re-install the grub from the terminal. This is not a solution for me since I am getting the error when ...
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Microsoft Surface Pro 2, dual booting Ubuntu Secure Remix 13.04 does not work, Live USB

If I boot from the Live USB and just select 'Try Ubuntu without Installing' it hangs on a black screen. If I go into edit options and type in 'only-ubiquity nomodeset' and remove 'quiet splash' and ...
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Toram option and persistence on live USB

I created an Ubuntu live USB using UNetbootin. I also know that the to RAM option would speed up the OS in exchange of RAM. But when I do append persistence with the toram to the boot options, it ...
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Ubuntu Boots, But stays on shell!

I have a Dell Optiplex 160L and I'm booting Ubuntu 13.04 from a LinuxLiveKey USB. It loads all the way through the purple Ubuntu loading screen then goes back to shell. then it gets stuck on ...
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Can't boot from USB “Secure boot not enabled”

I followed how to Create a bootable USB stick on Windows for creating a USB install with persistence. but when I try to boot from USB, I get this 1 line message "Secure boot not enabled". It's white ...
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My Ubuntu 12.10 partition is frozen in the Safe Graphics Mode?

I have an Acer Aspire 5315 with Ubuntu 12.10 on it. I had it fully customized, except for the fact that my cooling fan wouldn't work. After some research, I found out that the fans are run off of ...
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Is my Dell Inspiron n5050 laptop compatible with Xubuntu 12.10 ?

Xubuntu-12.10-desktop-amd64 doesn't boot in live usb mode. Only the boot screen appears and then it stops. My laptop is already running Ubuntu 12.04, and since Xubuntu 12.10 live USB boot only shows ...
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How to analyze why “Try Ubuntu” does not launch?

I downloaded the latest version of Ubuntu Desktop for i386 since I like to run it on an older computer which does not support 64bit. I successfully following this tutorial on how to create a bootable ...
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Cannot get Linux to boot from usb

this is my first time trying to install Linux. Any help is GREATLY appreciated. I have tried two different Linux distos as well as two different programs to create the usb live key and have tried to ...
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USB becomes unreadable after putting the .img on it-Mac

I am trying to put Ubuntu on my USB to install it on my MacBook Pro, but after following step 8 of this Ubuntu guide it becomes unreadable and it doesn't show up while rebooting my computer and ...
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Avoid TRY/INSTALL selector on 12.04

I have a live (persistent) 12.04 ubuntu distro set up on my pendrive I use for recovery/install purposes. Every time I boot the distro it asks me if I want to install ubuntu. How can I automatically ...
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Install Ubuntu to USB key, configure it, and then mark it as read only

Writing a Ubuntu image to a usb key and booting from it is great; you can check out Ubuntu before installing it, and it's great that it's read only because you could do some online ...
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Should I dual boot with ubuntu 15.04 or ubuntu 14.04? And how do I actually dual boot with these?

Almost all the guides I can find are for earlier versions of ubuntu or do not apply to my situation. It would be greatly appreciated if someone could explain whether I should dual boot ubuntu 14.04 or ...
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Tried Installing 12.04.5 LTS

Tried Installing 12.04.5 LTS, but after reboot I get the options to Intall, Try without Installing. I attempted boot-repair and no avail paste.ubuntu.com/12209015
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errors in mounting usb while trying to create live usb for an os

I am trying to create a live USB of an OS. but while installing, the USB is having problems being partitioned. On the install screen it says that the changes to the disk have been written but the ...
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How to see the GUI device already mounted?

When I boot Linux with live Usb persistence the storage is available in /lib/live/mount/persistence/sdb3 But I can't find the device storage volume in the desktop or in the nautilus device side ...
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Booting Ubuntu ISO via loopback not working

I tried to create a multiboot-UEFI-USB-Stick and Boot various ISOs with a grub menu, but I have the problem with Xubuntu and Ubuntu-Gnome that when I try to boot it it doesn't work. I've haven't ...
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Need help creating a persistent live usb, can any one help?

I was able to create a ext3 partition with out any problems using Gparted and now I am trying to send over a persistence.conf but it fails each time, here is what commands I am running: sudo mkdir ...
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installing from stick (USB)

I am trying to install and dual boot from a usb drive I started the install and it finished then I started the setup and I got to the point where I have to select the data amount I want Ubuntu to be ...
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14.04.03 LTS 64-Bit on Toshiba Satellite P75-A7200

I am new to Ubuntu and Linux in general, relatively technical so not completely green but I am having trouble running the current version from the USB drive. I have created the ISO (that all went ...
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HDMI works with LIVE USB but not installed Ubuntu

I have a bootable LIVE usb stick with Ubuntu Mate on it. When I boot up my machine with the Live USB, my hdmi output to my 32 inch Samsung TV works perfectly with default settings. After installing ...
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checksum mismatch when installing ubuntu server

I'm working on a 14.04.02 server install from a usb key. This is an offline install (I don't have access to the network yet). The ISO's checksum is ok. I made the usb key from Rufus on Windows ...
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Booting USB with LiveCD GRUB

Under VMWare Player, I cannot boot directly Ubuntu 14 from an USB drive, so I would like to start with the LiveCD and boot from GRUB, issuing a custom command. Is that possible? What should be the ...
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Deleted Kernels from Full Disk Encrypted Ubuntu 14.04 with home directory encryption - help?

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 OS on which I enabled full-disk encryption and home directory encryption. In the process of updating Ubuntu my boot folder was too full to update so I ran a command I thought ...
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14.04.2 ubuntu installation using hyper-v VM

i am new to Ubuntu. i tried installing 14.04.2 using dual boot, i was able to install Ubuntu, but had issues with my win8.1 boot, so i went back to win8.1 only (that uninstalled ubuntu though) now ...
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How to change the boot menu icons + rename on my MacBook Air for a liveUSB

So I have a liveUSB with persitence installed with unetbootin from my mac (using this tutorial : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpwrrQ36yqM ), and it works perfectly. However, when booting my mac ...
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Booting off of a usb

I Have Recently Dual-Booted a asus x401a netbook with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 15.04. Every time I want to boot into Ubuntu, I have to boot off of US to access the Grub boot menu, But once booted I can ...
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Deleted linux partition from windows, don't have any ISO backup, can I recover grub?

This may look like a duplicate but my situation is quite different:- I always create two partitions to install Ubuntu- swap and root. I create LiveUSB first and THEN delete the previous linux ...
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Logged as root changes are not made

Firstly I want to mention that my hard-drive today stopped to boot Ubuntu, because of I/O read errors. The problem seems to be related to a hardware one, not a logical one. I used Hirens tools on a ...
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Boot configuration grub.cfg missing on 32-bit 15.04 live USB stick

After creating a live USB stick using Ubuntu's start-up drive creator, I can add the persistent parameter to the "Try Ubuntu" kernel line in /boot/grub/grub.cfg This works if I use the 64-bit image ...
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Dual booting windows 8.1 and ubuntu 15.04 (Older BIOS)

I know this has been asked many many times, because I've probably read through most of these guides and answers but I just keep running into problem after problem. here is what I've done/tried so ...
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Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg received a segmentation fault

I have corrupted either my /boot partition, dpkg, or both. I was trying to free up space on my /boot by removing old Linux images. Now my machine will not boot. when i try to reinstall Linux-images, ...
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Unable to Boot After removing Old Kernels

I removed old linux-image and linux-header files to free up space in /boot. I did this first by purging them in terminal, and when I noticed some issues with how the the operating system performed, i ...
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USB bootable Pendrive for Laptop Windows & Ubuntu

Context: Laptop with a CORRUPT ubuntu 12.04 Partition and a corrupt Windows 7. Corrupt on the ubuntu partition was caused by accidently suspending the laptop during an operating system update to ...
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Installing Ubuntu 14.4 from USB

I have Ubuntu 12.4 installed on my laptop and Kubuntu 15.4 but now i decided to install Ubuntu 14.4 and erase the previous two. I downloaded Ubuntu 14.4 installation and i made a boot able USB using ...
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Install Windows 8 on USB using Ubuntu

I was wondering if there is any way that i can install windows 8 or windows server 2012 onto a memory stick and made it boot-able using ubunbu. I know that this is posible on windows by using ...
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Use boot-repair on live USB to fix ubuntu on Macbook Pro dual boot

I have been dual booting OSX Yosemite and Ubuntu 14.04 on my mid-2012 Macbook Pro using rEFInd for a few weeks now. Today, when prompted by Ubuntu, I ran some updates. When they finished, I tried ...
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How to get Ubuntu to run off a usb stick on RAM?

It's easy to put the iso on a usb stick to either install on a hard drive or 'try' it out. But just trying the latest distro even running on a usb3 stick takes forever to test run. And once there, you ...
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No configuration file found - Live USB error

I created a bootable flash drive with ubuntu 14.04 desktop, using the instructions from here http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows However, I got this message when ...
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Ubuntu usb install software on mounted system

I booted Ubuntu via a USB and mounted the partition where 'real' system is installed. How can I switch into this system as a user and install software there?
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Ubuntu Installer Hanging

My Ubuntu installer hangs at the first displayed step of the installation process. This step is the formatting of the drive to ext4 format for Ubuntu to be installed in. I have done a ton of googling ...
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Grub Error: Unknown filesystem(Tried stuff everything, but unable to resolve it)

I have a dual boot in laptop which consisting of Ubuntu along with Windows7, But my laptop is showing the error Grub Error: Unknown filesystem when booting. I tried everything in the web and followed ...
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Installing Ubuntu on Mac Pro 1,1

So I have a following problem: I have a Mac Pro 1,1 that I got from a friend for free. It had no hard disk, so I put one in. I'm trying to install Ubuntu Server on it, but so far I'm getting nowhere. ...
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Random USB ports turned off and ethernet not working

Bear with me, there's a lot to get through. I built a computer with the intention of writing android software as a project. Initially I installed Ubuntu and I couldn't, for the life of me, get the ...
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Lubuntu Persistent LiveCD with Encrypted Home

I've done a lot of searching on this topic but have yet to find a definitive solution/answer that is easy to follow. I have a 256GB USB3.0 stick, which has two partitions (small FAT32 partition with ...
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Is it possible to respin Ubuntu Minimal using a Live CD?(Or USB)

Trying to make a custom image of Ubuntu based on Ubuntu Minimal. Just wondering if it's possible to boot into a live CD, then edit the ISO it's running off of, then close the live session, saving ...