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

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Ubuntu Live USB won't boot, “Failed to load COM32 file menu.c32”

I'm hoping to revive an old netbook I have laying around by installing Linux on it. I did what I gather most of us are supposed to do: I created a Xubuntu 14.10 Live USB with Unetbootin, plugged the ...
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No sound by speaker in ubuntu 12.04, only by headphones (re installing, updating and in liveUSB without sound)

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 and the speakers don't work. Before I had 13.04 without problems about sounds. I re install ubuntu 12.04 and update, and also no sound, only by headphones. Also I tried by ...
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How to disable auto mount on ubuntu live disk?

I'm trying to boot an Ubuntu 15.04 usb stick to recover my hard disks, but one of the first operations that the live distro performs during boot, is to mount my disks, which cannot be mounted and the ...
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Persistent Ubuntu 14.04 USB fails to boot after creation of ext4 casper-rw partition

This question is related to IMMERZL's answer in the series "How to make a persistent live Ubuntu USB with more than 4GB". I used UUI to create the persistent bootable USB using 14.04.1 amd64 ISO. I ...
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How do I transfer a casper-rw file to a partition?

I am using a 16GB live USB with persistence so I can work from several computers. This was working great for me until my persistence file on the USB Flash Drive got filled. As FAT32 is limited to ...
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Disable automounting of hard disks on ubuntu live

I have an ubuntu live USB. When I try to boot it on a computer with a SATA hard disk, it automounts the hard disk and that would seem to corrupt the windows 7 installation which is on the hard disk. ...
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Live USB doesn't start - GNU GRUB version 2.02

When starting my laptop, the first and only screen I see is "GNU GRUB Version 2.02~ beta 2-9 Minimal BASH-like line ...". I can't access to BIOS, nor use a bootable usb flash drive. It doesn't read ...
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Boot from USB not working on Lenovo X1 3rd gen

I have a brand new X1 3rd gen with Fedora21 installed. After some kernel issues, I decided to install Ubuntu because when I was looking to fix my issues there was so much more help for Ubuntu than ...
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Can't boot from liveUSB when trying to install it alongside Windows 7

I'm very noob at Linux and installing techniques. I want to install 12.04 from bootable usb flash alongside Windows 7 (also tried live CD but not working) but computer is not booting from USB flash or ...
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TO check USB ports if they are healthy or not

I am very new to Linux and bash scripting. I have a hardware board(running Ubuntu 13.10 on it) available with me. What I need to do is to write a script file (bash scripting) to check whether USB ...
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Can't boot any live cd anymore

I have a dual boot setup on a UEFI machine, and until today I had no problems with this setup. However couple of days ago I tried installing Fedora 22 Beta. I was able to boot to the menu with: ...
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USB bootable windows iso with unetbootin494

as the title says, I'm trying to make a bootable win7 USB drive using unetbootin494, i downloaded the file, made it executable from properties, but when i double click nothing happens, i tried ...
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Startup Disk Creator not recognizing selected ISO in 13.10

I recently downloaded the Lubuntu 12.04 LTS ISO for Power PC (I want to install it on an old iBook G4), but when I go to select the ISO in Startup Disk Creator, it just remains blank in the Source ...
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How do you use persistence in UEFI mode?

When booting a LiveUSB into UEFI mode, persistence is not available. When booting into legacy mode, it works fine. why? And how may I resolve this?
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How do I get a live-USB to use a partition for persistence?

I want to install Ubuntu to a USB hard drive so that it will run on all systems, that can run the LiveCD and store persistent data on a regular ext4 partition rather than a casper-rw file. In every ...
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Preseed installation of 14-04-server from USB — disk selection

I'm doing an unattended installation of Ubuntu-14.04-server with a USB drive and a preseed file on different type of servers (HP Proliant ML110, ML310, ML350, etc). This preseed file contains multiple ...
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lubuntu 14.10 live usb black screen with blinking cursor [duplicate]

I'm trying to install Lubuntu 14.10 alongside my windows xp. when I select "try lubuntu without installing" or "Install Lubuntu" i get a black screen with a blinking cursor at the upper left corner. ...
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Can't boot a live usb .iso in UEFI mode on Lenovo Edge-15 laptop

I was trying to install Gentoo on my laptop Lenovo Edge-15, but I'm having problems booting a live usb .iso in UEFI mode. I then tried to install Ubuntu, Arch, and Fedora, and seem to be having the ...
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Device for boot loader installation via USB

Hello all you Linux'ers. I have used Ubuntu before, and really enjoyed using it, but it was set up by a friend of mine in the computer science department of our university, and we were making a ...
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Black screen booting any Ubuntu x86/x64 on Acer Aspire 5749

I need to install Ubuntu 14.04 64bit on my Aspire 5749. However, my machine cannot boot from any Linux USB. This is NOT a USB problem, as the USBs work with different OSes and on different machines. ...
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Boot into Ubuntu from Android Tablet with Live USB Drive

I have an Android ASUS Slider tablet. I have successfully installed UBUNTU to an 8GB thumb drive. I would like to boot into the thumb drive the same way I do with a windows system except I would like ...
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Cannot get Live CD or Live USB to boot

I'm using a MSI GT70 laptop (Core i7 4700 MQ, NVidia GTX 770M) and I'm trying to install Ubuntu on it, or at the very least get something that works. Every time I try and boot from it, regardless of ...
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Ubuntu live cd : black screen and blinking cursor

I try to install ubuntu 12.04 on my computer. I can get to the purple screen on the live cd but then, if I choose "Installing Ubuntu", I have a black screen with a cursor blinking (and nothing else ...
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How to create UEFI-only bootable USB live media?

Having live media that can boot both ways can be a problem when installing Ubuntu onto currently available Windows 8 computers. In other words the key advantage to creating UEFI-only bootable USB ...
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similar software for “universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3” that runs on ubuntu platform

Hi can anyone please share similar software for http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/ I intended to run this software on my ubuntu 14.10 regular desktop and they wish to ...
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Failed to get canonical path of /cow

I am trying to install Ubuntu 12.10 for quite some time, and passing hurdles one by one. Now I am in a situation as follows. I have got a PC and 10 GB HDD which will be totally dedicated to Ubuntu so ...
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What will happen if I bump the USB drive Ubuntu is running from?

I am considering creating a Live Ubuntu USB drive and running Ubuntu just from it. So, what bad things would happen if I was running Ubuntu and doing stuff and my flash drive got bumped out of ...
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Ubuntu installed alongside W8, W8 wont boot anymore, live usb isnt recognized

I think I might be screwed. I normally run preinstalled windows 8.1 on my Lenovo IdeaPad P400 touch, and I decided to try out dual booting Ubuntu 14.04, having never used Linux before. I edited the ...
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How can I set up a persistent /home for a Live USB? [duplicate]

I've got a 120GB USB 3.0 SSD and I would like to configure it as a Live USB with as much persistence as possible with regards to updates and also storing Steam games and misc system configurations. ...
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How to create a LiveUSB install for Ubuntu 14.04 Server

How do you create a LiveUSB for Ubuntu 14.04? I downloaded the most recent ISO and used the "startup disk" creator to write that ISO to a USB drive. I plugged that drive into the target machine ...
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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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Can I get LiveCD/USB platform adaptability on a normal install?

So I know I can make a persistent LiveUSB whereby there would be anywhere up to 4GB (I think that's the max) of persistent storage for downloads, etc. I am asking the opposite, in a sense. I'd like ...
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GRUB installation for make USB bootable

Through following a tutorial to make a bootable Windows USB from Ubuntu 14.10 using PC that use BIOS, I opened terminal and run sudo grub-install --target=i386-pc ...
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Ubuntu live CD doesn't show Macintosh HD

I started Kubuntu 14.04 from USB on my Macbook Pro (2011) with OS X Lion (10.7) but I cannot find the internal HDD. It doesn't show up in the file browser (I think Dolphin) and not on the console ...
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How to install Ubuntu 32-bit on Asus C300 chromebook

I have just purchased a chromebook, Asus C300, in hopes that I would be able to install ubuntu on it instead of chrome os. The other options I see are chrubuntu and crouton but neither really give me ...
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Have reinstalled ubunut on existing drive by accident and now i dont know how to recover files from earlier installation please help

Had done hardboot when the system was crashed, after that I started getting error saying there's issues on the disk and I let the system to fix the problem, the below lines were run several times for ...
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How to boot from an old 3.5'' internal hard drive connected via an USB adapter?

The Windows XP of my father's old PC was utterly broken (no wonder), so I removed his 160 GB internal SATA-drive from his PC, took it at home, connected it via a universal USB connector for all kinds ...
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How can I avoid 'Installation Failed' error when creating a Start Up Disk?

I want to create a Ubuntu 12.04 Live CD. So I open Startup Disk Creator in the Ubuntu Dash. I go through all of the settings, and then click 'Make Startup Disk'. Almost immediately I get a window ...
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Full Install on flash drive with the hardware detection of a LiveCD

My goal is to do a standard installation of Ubuntu on a flash drive. I have 32 GB and 64G B sticks available so I am not concerned about space issues. My concern is that most "live" distros have far ...
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How can I RE-ENABLE USB boot …? [duplicate]

I have made a bootable USB. I have made 100s of them before. I have a dual boot pc, Kali and Ubuntu. I want to reinstall Kali from USB (alongside my UBUNTU), but the computer will not boot to USB ...
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Reinstall Ubuntu Server 14.04.2 LTS

I'm learning how to use Ubuntu Server, and after making my first install i realized that my partitions weren't correctly set up. It's way to complicated to fix now, and I regret not using my entire ...
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How can I create a LiveCD in <= 1G?

I have a 1G USB key, and CDs (which are 700M). Most of the instructions for Ubuntu say get a 2G stick. Many links to a USB key that is smaller are old, and point back to the Ubuntu site, which now ...
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Live USB Instructions for Mac don't work for 12.10

The are several guides online (including a few on the ubuntu website) that follow the general pattern of instructions found in this one. I assume that at some point, this worked. However, on an ...
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Creating a live Ubuntu USB that's bootable on a Mac Book Pro OS X

My boss has a Mac Book Pro (Yosemite) and something went wrong with the hard drive (boot sector issue possibly but not sure?). I want to create a live Ubuntu USB for him to attempt to pull files off ...
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Installation: USB or DVD? [duplicate]

I wish to add Ubuntu 64 bit to Windows 8, and the installation guide mentions booting from USB or DVD. If I burn the downloaded Ubuntu to an empty USB stick, then put the stick into my computer, what ...
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How to install the MPEG-4 AAC decoder and the H.264 decoder?

Where do I get the MPEG-4 AAC decoder, and the H.264 decoder. How to install them and play the multimedia?
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How to get TAILS live USB to boot

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04. I have Windows 8.1 on UEFI BIOS (Toshiba Satellite) and have allowed Ubuntu to install it's dual boot option, which is GNU GRUB (version 2.0~beta2-9ubuntu1) . I have used my ...
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Installing to SD Card

i have created a USB device with an ISO image using PenDrive and when I boot up from it I get the choice to either "try Linux" or else "install". I dont want to overwrite my Windows installation but ...
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How to make a bootable USB for Windows 10?

I want to install Windows 10 Technical Preview. I have downloaded its .iso file. Now I want to make a flash drive bootable. How can I do that? I already have tried these 2 options. Making a ...
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USB's storage capacity reduced to 2 MB from 16 GB

I downloaded ubuntu-13.04-desktop-amd64. On Ubuntu's web page, I saw a link for making a bootable USB drive option, then I downloaded Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.3.3 and I made my USB bootable. ...