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

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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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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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Is it possible to enable PCI USB controller from GRUB2 console? [closed]

I'm trying to boot Ubuntu LiveUSB on EPoX EP-4BDAE motherboard (it's 10 years old). It has "USB-*" options in BIOS boot setup, but It has never recognized any of my flash drives. Now it has USB-2.0 ...
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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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Setting up a dual-boot system from USB? (10.04.3 LTS)

I'm trying to setup a dual-boot configuration on my computer, and from what I understand the Ubuntu installer has the capacity to downsize Windows' partitions to make way for it's own using an option ...
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How can I run Ubuntu without a hard drive?

I have a laptop with NO HARD DRIVE. (It's dead and gone.) I want to boot and run Ubuntu from a USB flash drive. (Not just a 'test drive'.) First question: Is there a difference between a LiveUSB ...
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Is there a command-line alternative to usb-creator-gtk?

I'm trying to create a bootable USB stick of ubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso using usb-creator-gtk on my ThinkPad X220. Usb-creator-gtk appears to work OK, but the resulting stick fails to boot either ...
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How do I make a bootable USB from Windows?

I've downloaded the daily Ubuntu 12.04 iso. I currently have windows 7 x64 operating system installed. How can I make a bootable usb from the Ubuntu iso?
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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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Installing Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha from USB

As most of you probably know the Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha has been released. However there is a bug that makes the ISO file over sized so that it will not fit on a typical 80min CD. The computer that I ...
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64-bit LiveCD won't boot… 32-bit does

I've been using 11.10 32-bit for a while, and found some spare DIMMs lying around. I put them in my machine and it detected them fine, but obviously 32-bit Ubuntu couldn't. Rather than re-install I ...
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fwupd to update OCZ RevoDrive firmware gets a 'Permission denied' error

Try as I might I just don't get it working http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/OCZ_RevoDrive_and_RevoDrive_X2/. There's another thread here with an similar issue here: Command is giving me ...
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How can I install from a 9.04 live USB/DVD?

I have a 9.04 (Jaunty) ISO burned to a USB stick; it appears to be a "live DVD". When I boot from it, I get a GRUB menu listing: Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-generic (This matches the system currently ...
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How do I get root access to hard drive from livecd?

ubuntu 11.10 has faffed up on me, It wont let me get passed the login-screen ( i have been searching around online the last two days and none of the proposed solutions worked) as at this point I dont ...
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Move existing Ubuntu install to flash drive?

Is it possible to move my installed copy of Ubuntu 11.10 from my laptop's internal hard drive to a bootable flash drive?
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Cannot boot live USB with Ubuntu on a specific PC, on others the USB works fine?

What I do: I prepare Ubuntu live USB and boot with it. I select the USB pen drive. The PC tries to boot from it. What happens I receive an error message: boot error. What is expected: A normal boot ...
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How can I use my usb hdd as a live installer without formatting it all?

I have some unpartioned space on my usb HDD and I would like to use that space to setup a live ubuntu installation partition. I have a lot of data in other partitions that I want to keep, so I cannot ...
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Live USB not saving setting to not suspend when laptop lid is closed

I see that a similar question exists but it's with regards to Ubuntu 10.10. I currently have Ubuntu 11.10. Also, I am unsure as to whether or not the Live booting would have anything to do with this ...
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How to test wine via live usb stick?

I want to test wine with a current Ubuntu live image. I managed to install ubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso on a USB stick. The resulting USB stick boots alright. Unfortunately, the live image does not ...
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Install ubuntu on pendrive and use remaining disk space to store files, instead of persistence file

Is there any way where I can install Ubuntu on my pendrive / USB stick, and then have my files, settings, etc. saved across reboots? I want the files to be easily accessible from other computers, so ...
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Is there a better way to run ubuntu from usb disk

I have an old laptop with a broken hard drive controller and am running the previous ubuntu from a usb. I installed this as per standard instructions by running some program that copied the live cd to ...
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How can I save settings on a Live USB? [duplicate]

So I have an Ubuntu 11.10 Live USB disk. I've noticed that my settings never get saved. Every time I reboot while in my Live USB and then boot back into it, all my settings and [un]installed programs ...
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Partition Flash Drive?

I want to partition a USB flash drive so that two gigabytes is reserved for ubuntu and persistence, and the other two is for my files. I used gparted to create two fat32 partitions on the flash drive. ...
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How do I run Ubuntu 11.10 from a pendrive with an Acer BIOS?

My BIOS just "freezes" if a try to Boot from a pendrive and I have to remove the battery to restart... :( does it have a solution? I'm trying to make a clean 11.10 installation, I already have Windows ...
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Run Ubuntu from Flash Drive Very Slow [closed]

I used Startup Disk Creator on my Ubuntu (11.10)(this computer) and I found out that when I boot it from my old computer, it's extremely slow. My internet is out right now and I'm looking for ways to ...
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No user name/password required when exploring from live USB?

A few months back when I buggered up my netbook and then booted into it to get information from it using a live USB. (Thinking that was 10.10) When I was copy/pasting this to another USB at no time ...
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Impossible to run Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Wubi Installer Error? I've been trying for a while to run Ubuntu, but nothing I do seems to work (outside of a virtual machine, and I'd really rather not run it in a ...
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If I install ubuntu on my external hard drive, will my data be deleted?

I have an external harddrive that I use to backup my files. But now I want to install ubuntu on it. I was thinking of a LiveUSB instalation, because it would allow me to boot ubuntu from other ...
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SYSLINUX? Booting off a Live USB? [closed]

I used Unetbootin to install Xubuntu to a Live USB (a 4 GB SanDisk). By default, I'm running Windows 7 (which is also what I ran Unetbootin on). The computer I'm trying to use to boot off the Live USB ...
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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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Wont boot from USB, stops at SYSLINUX copyright

Created bootable 11.10 in Windows from Universal USB Installer 1.8.6.8, upon boot in my HP Mini Netbook it displays only this: SYSLINUX 4.04 EDD 2011-04-18 Copyright (C) 1994-2011 H. Peter Anvin et ...
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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 do I install on an UEFI Asus 1215b netbook?

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 11.10 on a UEFI netbook Asus 1215b using an USB stick. I created a fat32 efi partition of 100MB, 2GB swap, and 2 ext4 partitions (for root (/ ) and /home, respectively). ...
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How to create and access extra space on USB Stick?

I used the Ubuntu 11.10 iso and did a dd to create a LiveUSB. I also used gParted to assign the extra space to a second VFAT partition. Is there any way to mount the additional space while running ...
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How do I recover my username and password on a persistent LiveUSB?

I booted Ubuntu 11.04 from a persistent pendrive installation. It asked for the keyring password the 1st time, and I just cancelled the dialog window and went through. After the 3rd or 4th booting ...
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Why am I having the most perfectly looking boot when I run from CD/USB but not from HD?

I've read the lot of topics on plymouth and nvidia drivers. However my question is focused on why the difference between live cd and installation? By "the perfectly looking boot" I mean: the boot ...
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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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Installation from a Live USB changes the network device name (eth0, eth1, …)

I have created a live usb from terminal using the following command, usb-creator-gtk now the problem is when i install the first system using this live usb, it assigns the network device of the 1st ...
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If I can, how do I install Ubuntu from Ubuntu?

Here's what I mean: I normally install by running a Ubuntu Live USB, clicking "try" Ubuntu, and when I'm ready, I double-click the "Install Ubuntu" icon on the desktop. Now, I have an eSATAp port ...
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How to install adobe flash into bootable USB

Let me explain a couple things before my question...I am running Ubuntu from my flash drive because my hard drive crashed and I am waiting on some parts to come in. Since i cannot install Ubuntu onto ...
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Which folders are often written to, and how can I mount those folders on a separate drive?

I have a headless ubuntu server acting as a fileserver (samba and ssh) and sometimes virtualbox host. It is currently running from a USB drive, since all hard drive slots on the motherboard are ...
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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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PC shuts down when installing ubuntu?

I'm now using ubuntu from USB, and I'd like to install ubuntu on my hard disk. I tried the option of removing Vista while installing ubuntu. However, near the end of the installation process ...
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AT3IONT3-I Boot from USB

I'm trying to get my HTPC I've built to run ubuntu. For some reason, when I try to boot from USB I get this weird graphical error. Tweaking the bios a little more tells me that it can't find anything ...
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“Multiple active partitions” error

I already have Ubuntu 11.04 (which I installed with WUBI) and Windows 7. I also want to install Ubuntu 11.10 Beta. When I boot with the Ubuntu USB, I get the error: Multiple active partitions. ...
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Cannot boot from LiveUSB created with Pendrivelinux

I was trying to create a LiveUSB with my SanDisk Cruzer on Ubuntu with the Startup Disk Creator program, then because of some reason it could not boot. I guess it was because I checked the Format USB ...
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GRUB menu entry to boot *Ubuntu [closed]

Goal: have a GRUB menu entry which will boot *Ubuntu on a USB stick. Constraints: GRUB, NOT GRUB2. Currently trying with KUbuntu 10.04.3, but any other flavour/version will be accepted. At ...
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Why do I get a blank screen when booting from a CD or USB stick?

I'm trying to boot the install from either a usb or cd with the iso file on them, as per umbutu install page. I set my bios to first boot from them ahead of hard drive. When I try the usb it just goes ...
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Installation from USB flash drive froze after boot

I am trying to install Ubuntu 11.04 on a computer that has Windows on it. I created an USB stick with Ubuntu's utility included on the live CD and the restarted and booted from USB. After i get the ...
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SSD or USB for HTPC/Homeserver (only the OS)

I have a htpc / homeserver (apache2, mysql for some website testing) and I also use it as a htpc. My current setup is, it is in my bedroom, the OS is installed on a 2 TB drive, but at night the OS ...