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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 ...
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Live-USB with read-write stick

I've got one of the few USB Sticks with hardware read only switch (Trekstor). I'd like to use a bootable Linux with it, e.g. to fix problems with Windows PCs without danger of infecting or changing ...
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What file resets fstab on persistent live environments?

I'm trying to add lines to my /etc/fstab file. but the lines I add get cleared on reboot because I am using a persistent live USB stick. I don't want a lecture. I just want to know which file writes ...
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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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Can I write to the USB stick that I'm running Ubuntu from?

I'm running Ubuntu from a "Try Ubuntu" file that I downloaded to my USB stick and booted from. Can I mount that very USB stick and write to it while running Ubuntu from it? If so, how? Edit to ...
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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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Boot from USB freezes [closed]

I am a total beginner to both Linux and Ubuntu. I have a netbook, an Acer Aspire One D255 with Windows 7. I want to boot from USB (no cd-drive on netbook) to first try Ubuntu and perhaps install it ...
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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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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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How to use RDP protocol in Remote Desktop Viewer?

I am using a Natty Live-USB, and the Remote Desktop Viewer application (Applications -> Internet -> Remote Desktop Viewer) only shows SSH & VNC protocols. How can I include RDP in the list, in ...
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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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How to bypass “Try it / Install” screen when booting from USB Live Session? (without installing in the USB)

This has been asked several times already (I found it here, here and here), but basically everyone simply recommend to perform a full install to the USB stick. But I do need it to stay as a LIVE ...
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USB stick not avaliable after rebooting from Live session

Ive noticed a really annoying behaviour in Ubuntu: whenever I restart or shutdown the PC from a Live session, the USB stick becomes unavaliable when it reboots/turns on (as if the "safe removal" ...
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Add NTFS partition to live USB

If I add an NTFS partition to my USB, will it be accessible from both Windows and Ubuntu?
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Adding apt-get packages to a usb boot drive (and storing them on the drive)?

I want to compile some 3rd party software and install it on a bootable usb drive...there are several packages that I need to install with apt-get before I compile it. How could I store the apt-get ...
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How to create a bootable USB with multiple ISO images in it

What I want is to create a bootable pen drive that shows GRUB menu and I can select any of the several bootable systems from there to install/run. I have several ISO images that I want to install in ...
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Broken sudo: can't open /etc/sudoers: No such file or directory

I have a live USB persistent version of Ubuntu 11.04 installed with Unetbootin. After some time I experienced some bugs while upgrading the kernel and trying to use my second screen on my laptop. ...
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New Dell Vostro 3550 will not boot into Live CD

I've been trying to install Ubuntu and/or it's derivatives on my new Dell Vostro 3550 but I'm finding it impossible to boot into the live CD environment. Here are the things I've already tried: ...
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Live USB faster than full install

When I run 11.04 from a USB flash drive, it works the way I suspect it should - quick and responsive. With a full install, on the other hand, I click the home button and I have to wait four seconds to ...
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Modification on USB bootable drive

A USB bootable drive discards all modifications made at shutdown. Is there a way to save it? If possible, how will that affect a version installed on to a different hard disk using that USB drive?
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Where's the “log out” option after clicking the power icon?

So the documentation says: To log out or switch users, click the power icon on the top bar and select the appropriate option. However, I cannot see the "log out" option. All I see are: ...
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Increase persistent file size to greater than 4 gigabytes

My USB's 16 GB, but I only get to use 4 GB in persistence file. Any way to increase it?
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How to test a Live-CD/USB + add drivers for Broadcom wireless card + reboot and continue the Live-CD/USB testing?

Is it possible to test a Live-CD/USB by booting from it, adding drivers for a Broadcom wireless card, rebooting after that and have the drivers installed to keep on testing the Live-CD/USB?
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Can't install on a HP Mini 210-1100 [closed]

I just can't seem to install Ubuntu on my Netbook, when trying to boot the liveusb the netbook just sits there and if i try to boot Ubuntu via WUBI it installs without a problem but there's nothing ...
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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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Can I boot straight into bash from a USB drive installation?

I need to boot from a USB drive installation of Ubuntu 10.10 to do some maintenance on an older machine, and I don't feel like waiting for five minutes for the gnome to log me in. Is there a boot ...
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Ubuntu 10.10 installs with no GUI

I am helping a colleague who i having trouble installing ubuntu 10.10. He downloaded the ISO and installed into his memory stick. It works fine when he boots from the memory stick and uses it in live ...
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I'm looking for rEFit for PPC Mac

http://refit.sourceforge.net/ What is Mac PPC's version of rEFit?
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How to boot from ubuntu live usb with 'try ubuntu' directly?

I created an Ubuntu 10.10 live usb with persistence feature. And it works well on my PCs. But one thing annoys me is that each time I boot from live usb, I have to choose between "Try Ubuntu" and ...
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'unknown filesystem' grub rescue prompt; trying to wipe drive and boot 10.10 live

Im currently running Win7, and want to wipe the drive and install 10.10. I have 10.10 loaded on a USB thumbdrive and it sees the device in BIOS but it only reaches a screen saying; Unknown ...
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I have customized my Ubuntu Live USB, should I expect the same customization after installing to a hard drive?

I think the question is rather self-explanatory, however: say I have customized my Live USB (enabled with disk persistence) with installed software, desktop background, config files, etc. Are these ...
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Created bootable .iso on external USB HDD, how to get rid of it again?

Using the guide on ubuntu.com I installed the image of the netbook edition on my external HDD using Pendrive on Windows. I was not aware that it would create such a mess and now want to get rid of it ...
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Resize a pendrive Linux?

I'm running Ubuntu from USB media, which has a drive capacity of 250 GB, all existing as one FAT32 partition. However, when I created the bootable Ubuntu drive, only 4.79 GB were allocated for ...