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How can I make an existing persistant live USB installation load more of the OS to RAM?

A while back I installed (a permanent installation, not a Live USB) Ubuntu on my USB thumb drive. Unfortunately, the transfer rates are too slow for a smooth and responsive experience, so I'd like to ...
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How to incrementally update a live-usb?

I have created a live usb from an Ubuntu 11.04 daily cd image using usb disk creator. I have bandwidth constrains so I would like to update the live usb from a current daily cd image without ...
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Persistent Installation to USB Stick [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install Ubuntu to a USB key? I want to carry around a persistent installation of Ubuntu on a USB stick with all my favourite bits of software. What's the ...
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How to fix syslinux error creating a bootable USB stick in Windows?

I downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 desktop and I am trying to create a bootable USB drive using the universal USB installer. However, I keep getting the message: An error(1) occurred while executing ...
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How can I boot from a 16 Gb pendrive with some old BIOS?

I need to boot Ubuntu in a computer (computer A) with no CD. I have a 16 Gb pendrive with a live Ubuntu version. The pendrive works in at least two newer computers. Computer A boots from a 2Gb ...
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“Continue button” grayed out in “installation type” screen during 13.04 installation

I'm installing Ubuntu 13.04 onto my 32-bit Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, from a live-usb. One of the screens says "Installation type", with the three options "Install Ubuntu alongside Windows Vista" or ...
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How to create a bootable USB stick?

I am looking at this: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-ubuntu I need to create a boot disk to test Ubuntu to make sure it will run on a PC (Compaq Mini CQ10-120LA) I was ...
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Is it possible to reboot Live CD powered computer?

I'm now discovering Ubuntu 11.04 to check that its good with my hardware. I need to install some additional stuff and then make reboot. Problem is that I use Live CD (or is it called Live USB if its ...
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12.04 won't boot from Live CD or USB

My laptop (the only PC left in my home to install Ubuntu 12.04 now that it's out) is not booting from Live CD or USB. I get past the screen with the little person in the circle. but right after that, ...
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Difference between LiveCD, LiveUSB, full-install, and persistence?

I am currently running Ubuntu as a guest vm on a Win 7 host via VirtualBox, but I would like to have a portable version of Ubuntu when I am not using my laptop. I am unsure as to the difference ...
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How to burn / create a bootable USB or CD for UEFI-secure-boot

I used Lili (LinuxLive USB Creator) to create a bootable USB Stick based on the 64bit Lubuntu 13.04 iso with Windows 8 Uefi secure boot. The stick starts only in legacy boot, but not in Uefi mode. ...
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When using Ubuntu on a Live CD or USB, how can I determine if a different, inactive install is 32 vs 64 bit?

I was not able to determine by searching whether this question has already been asked and answered. My search always turned up some other 32 versus 64 bit question. I want to know if it is possible ...
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bootable USB / installation requirements

Originally asked on One Hundred Paper Cuts Answers thread On the official site: http://www.ubuntu.com/netbook/get-ubuntu/download The instructions for creating a bootable USB key for ...
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Difference between Live Session and Full Installation.

When I boot a computer from a Ubuntu disc and choose an option to try ubuntu. How exactly live session runs? Is it a full running instance of ubuntu os or some sort of visual interface on top of ...
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How do I convert my Ubuntu installation into a Live-USB or Live-CD?

Say I have Ubuntu installed in a hard drive What can I do to generate a liveUSB that is as similar as possible to the installation ?
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Is it useful to run Ubuntu Friendly off a LiveUSB?

To secure maximum data for Ubuntu Friendly, the maximum number of computers should be tested. However, it is not possible for me (or anyone) to install Ubuntu on all the computers we have access to. ...
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Which file on a USB live installation made with UNetBootin persists file information?

I created an installation of Ubuntu 11.10 using UNetBootin on a usb thumbdrive. I've downloaded programs and installed them with apt-get so that they persist on the drive between boots. What file ...
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Unable to load live usb

I have created a bootable USB with ubuntu 10.10 with usb-creator-gtk from terminal. How ever it is not getting booted. It keeps loading in the ubuntu main screen.. Is there a way to debug this problem ...
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How to build a dynamic grub on a usb-drive?

I would like to setup GRUB on a USB where it detects automatically the available OS installations on the machine that it is plugged into... This could be useful if you messed up your default GRUB ...
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Installing Ubuntu using updated Live USB

I used Ubuntu's Startup Disk Creator to make the Live USB, for recovery purposes, and update it often. I have also installed additional software from Ubuntu's Software Center. If I use that same ...
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How do I put Ubuntu on a NON-flash external USB hard-drive?

Amazingly enough, circumstances have left me without a single USB flash drive, or a working CD-R drive. Also, because I moved about six months ago, I got rid of all my extra Ubuntu CDs that I used to ...
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Dual Boot - No GRUB [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: There’s an issue with an Alpha/Beta Release of Ubuntu, what should I do? I have Windows 7 installed in a primary partition and wanted to install Ubuntu 12.10 in a new ...
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Instruct Ubuntu to boot to RAM from flash drive using unetbootin

I have used UNetbootin to create an installable / live bootable flash drive from Ubuntu 12.04. However that didn't preserve the normal Ubuntu boot menu which allows to me to enter advanced options. It ...
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Force startx to run X in a specific resolution and refresh Rate

From my past experience (using Win-Xp), this particular monitor works only on 60Hz , Best resolution being 1024x768. I have "installed and configured" Ubuntu 12.04 Minimal (on USB stick) so that most ...
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Method to create a live USB disk (with persistence) which actually works?

I've tried so many combinations - all I want is a fast Ubuntu Live USB disk with persistence that works. What I've tried so far: Using unetbootin on my Mac, choosing some "Space used to preserve ...
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Random Shutdowns

I've installed Ubuntu on a USB thumbdrive, to be used to backup (image) and partition a harddisk. I'm currently stuck at the backup-phase of my plan, because Ubuntu keeps shutting down. From my ...
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“Restoring previously installed packages” never ends

I'm upgrading Ubuntu 11.04 to 11.10 via a liveusb. It has been "restoring previously installed packages" for about 1h 30 mins. Is it normal to take so much time? Could I do something to improve speed? ...
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How to install on a MacBook with a broken optical drive?

The optical drive of a "late 2007" MacBook broke recently. I'm starting to think that it's not possible to install Linux on this machine via an USB device. I've installed Ubuntu (still running) on ...
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Getting an error on Live USB boot: “(initramfs) Unable to find a medium containing a live file system”

There are plenty of threads on this topic, I've tried every solution mentioned there: Different version of Ubuntu (Kubuntu 13.10, Kubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.04) Using USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports ...
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Shut down acts as restart?

I've installed Ubuntu (almost all latest versions), when my Acer Aspire V5-471 is want to shutdown from Ubuntu, it acts as restart/reboot. Refer to edit 2 for releases tried and edit 1 for tried ...
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How do I install Ubuntu on someone's laptop so they can customize it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make an OEM Install? I would like to give someone an old computer ("hand-me-down") after installing Ubuntu on it. Is there a way to preinstall and/or customize it ...
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How do I stop this warning: “W: Duplicate sources.list entry cdrom://Ubuntu 11.10 _Oneiric Ocelot_…”

I'm running Ubuntu on a live usb drive and every time I boot, the apt line cdrom://Ubuntu 11.10 _Oneiric Ocelot_ - Release amd64 (20111012)/ oneiric/main i386 Packages and another similar apt line ...
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How to make an already live Ubuntu pen-drive, a persistent one?

I have created a USB flash drive with the latest Ubuntu version, but it is not persistent. How can I make it persistent without repeating the whole process?
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how to create a live-usb for ubuntu from a lubuntu system

I am using lubuntu 12.04 on my PC. I want to install Ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop. How do I create live-usb on Lubuntu so that I can install Ubuntu OS to my Laptop. Edit: There's no startup disc ...
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Can I create a LiveUSB for installing Lubuntu without using a CD?

I'm trying to understand how to create a LiveUSB for installing Lubuntu. I'm currently downloading the .iso, and I'm trying to understand whether I can create a LiveUSB for installation without first ...
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32 and 64 bit on one live USB stick

I have successfully created a bootable Live USB stick on an 8Gb drive with either the 32 and 64 bit version of 11.10 but not bother at the same time. I would like to put them both on the same stick ...
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How to create a bootable system with a squashfs root

My goal is to be able to take a customized root file system loaded with the software I want. So far I've created a squashed filesystem using debootstrap and chroot to install the software I want on ...
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Convert a live CD to a bootable USB

I bought an Ubuntu CD that contains an ISO image file (.iso). I want to install Ubuntu on a netbook and it cannot be done by the CD, so I have to install Ubuntu by USB. How can I convert the Ubuntu CD ...
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How do I create a bootable Ubuntu USB using Trisquel?

Does anyone have experience creating a bootable Ubuntu USB from the Trisquel OS? I have no access to a Windows or OS X machine.
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Booting the liveCD/USB in EFI mode fails on Samsung Tablet XE700T1A

My tablet is Samsung Series 7 Slate (XE700T1A-A02FR (French Language)). It operates an Intel Sandy Bridge architecture. The main issue about this tablet is that it ships with an installed Windows 7 in ...
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How to create bootable usb from pre-installed Ubuntu?

I am a new Ubuntu user. Whoever helped me assumes that I've actively downloaded Ubuntu and so have an ISO. But I got Ubuntu pre-installed, and want to create a bootable USB backup. No idea what to ...
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Will the data from my persistent Live-USB automatically transfer when I install?

I have a Live USB of Lubuntu 12.04. I have been working with it for quite some time now and have installed quite a few packages in it. Now, I want to convert this to an actual install. When I do so, ...
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Downloading Ubuntu to USB for another computer?

I have an Asus F5VL that was running Vista but when I tried downloading Office 2010 the OS crashed. Now I need a recovery disk to get it back to life but I only have a macbook available to me to ...
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cannot mount /dev/loop1 on /cow

I am trying to install ubuntu 12.10 64bit using a liveUsb and I got this message : cannot mount /dev/loop1 on /cow which shows up after clicking on "try Ubuntu before installing" or install Ubuntu". ...
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Create windows XP's live USB using ubuntu [closed]

My hard disk crashed.. I can run Ubuntu using a pendrive by making a live USB of Ubuntu, which I made using Windows 7. In the similar way, I want to run Windows XP too using another pen drive (without ...
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How to create DOS Boot USB flash drive with (X)Ubuntu

I'm trying to boot Xubuntu from USB Flash Drive on my old laptop Fujitsu-Siemens but it shows "Missing Operating system. Operating System not found". Although the Flash Drive works on my current ...
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How to save changes made in a live session to Hard Disk?

I have Ubuntu 13.10 and I am running live image as making an entry in grub as per the tutorial: http://www.tecmint.com/run-linux-live-images-from-hard-disk-in-linux. So is there any way to make the ...
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How to edit a protected file if I have no direct access to the filesystem?

I changed the brightness of my machine by editing the /etc/rc.local file and adding this line echo 10 > /sys/class/backlight/nv_backlight/brightness before exit 0. After reboot I can see that it ...
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Ubuntu on external HDD. HELP!

Update: I did how ubuntu_tr told me to do. Ubuntu installs successfully. But when i boot with the HDD, this error shows up: Error: Partition is undiscoverable Grub Rescue >_ [I could type some ...
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Xubuntu live usb persistence - how to?

I'm using Xubuntu 13.04 from live usb. I know that in order to be able to keep files/settings/etc after restart, USB live disk should be created with some storage reserved. However since I got this ...