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 do you make my root system behave like a live system?

One of my friends doesn't have an hdd , so I will install linux distro on a usb stick. It will be a full install just like installing to hdd but it will install on a flash stick instead of hdd. The ...
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Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS problems with characters

I downloaded an Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS ISO and checked the md5sum.
I burnt it on an USB drive with Unetbootin.
After that I tried Ubuntu from Live USB and I got a problem with characters.
There are ...
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Booting a Live USB ISO as an Alternate OS

I recently fixed a virus-laden Windows laptop for a teenage niece, but I am sure she will gum it up again. Unfortunately, she isn't ready to make the plunge to Ubuntu, but I thought an accessible live ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 live USB just wiped my main install's /home for no apparent reason

As the title says, I've been trying to reinstall Ubuntu (it died and boot repair won't work), and while I'm checking things on my (very out of date, but it can't be helped as my internet's too slow to ...
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I am not able to install ubuntu using usb?

I downloaded ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS iso file from torrent( size 700+ MB)and copied it in the usb. Then I made my usb drive bootable by running command line instructions (since my GUI is not working) from ...
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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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14.04 live usb with more than 4gb of persistent data

...before mark this as duplicated: I already tried to perform what is suggested by this and other sites, but without success: create a usb live with startup disk creator / unetbootin make a ext2/...
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LinuxLive USB does not save settings

I am new to Linux. I have used/tried all of these utilities: "LinuxLive USB live-usb-install-2.5.2", "LinuxLive USB Creator 2.8.28", "unetbootin-windows-603", "Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.5.2" to ...
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A reliable way of creating a bootable usb in kubuntu?

Unetbootin installs grub which then boots the system you specify. I don't like that. Linux live ISOs are directly bootable and usually contain a pre-configured grub install of their own which among ...
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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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Ubuntu 13.10 amd64 Live-USB Not saving

So this week I have been messing around with my USB drive. I decided to make myself an Ubuntu Live-USB drive (as I have done in the past). So I downloaded unetbootin and Ubuntu 13.10 amd64 and set the ...
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Installing Ubuntu on external hard drive (boots to black screen)

Hey everyone this is my first post here on the askUbuntu forums. I've been an avid Linux user for over a year now but by no means an expert. The problem I'm facing is one I have not been able to ...
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Ubuntu 3.11.0-15 (on machine with NVidia) - can boot from USB drive - not hard-drive

In trying to install nvidia drivers a number of times I end up corrupting my install of Ubuntu to the point where it won't boot. I end up with the messages: nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints ...
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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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Can I have a Ubuntu 12.04 live usb work with both the -persistance and -toram additional boot options?

I really like using the Ubuntu 12.04 live CD/USB's "-toram" additional boot option for my laptop because "-toram" adds a few extra hours to the battery and makes things a little faster. I add the ...
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install Electum (BTC) on offline live USB

I would like to install the bitcoin client Electrum on an offline live USB drive. This would help to create and restore wallets most securely. The install instructions are as follows: Install python-...
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12.04.02 USB Installer, x86 works, x64 doesn't

so I downloaded both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors of 12.04.2 (MD5 checks out); don't want 12.10 since I prefer LTS. I used Universal USB Installer http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-...
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How can I convert my live Ubuntu 12.04 installation into a bootable version for CD or USB?

The subject tells it all. While I am seeing many people having difficulties with dual-boot Ubuntu with Windows 8 I came to this idea (as my Linux partition is too small for installing VMware ...
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Scheduled backup and clone of Ubuntu USB live

I created a USB live with Ubuntu and works just great. However, I would want to know how to master this portable solution. My first concern is data lose (maybe the stick gets lost, maybe damaged) so ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 live-usb won't boot

I own an Aleutia "Tango" low power PC. It uses a Intel Atom CPU N2800 @1.86GHz processor. I know there are Linux issues with the "Cedar Trail" graphics on this hardware but I can happily run Ubuntu 12....
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Can I update my USB stick to a new version without filling it up and ruining the persistent space?

I have a 4GB stick with Lubuntu on it, and 3GB is assigned to persistence. Would I be able to update 12.10 without filling it up and making it useless until I fix it?
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Wallpaper only shows up after booting from USB

After I boot my PC with Ubuntu 12.04 from USB drive, it only shows the wallpaper. I'm able to access the terminal, and the system files through making a folder. I tried doing the unity --reset but ...
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Live Ubuntu USB fails to boot at grub display

I have two custom computers that are hardware identical (except the power button). One CMOS is newer than the other (and FWIW both machines run 14.04 server). Both machines have i7 CPUs, 16 GB RAM, ...
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Can not boot Ubuntu 16.04 from flash drive

I created Ubuntu bootloader on flash drive and when I start Ubuntu from it then I get only terminal with such a message: Erst: can not request [mem 0xbd2e903f - 0xbd2eb03e] for ERST No caching mode ...
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Ubuntu Kylin stuck at blue welcome screen

Recently I had installed Ubuntu Kylin on a 32GB USB hard disk (The internal one is not an option currently), and after installing it I am presented with an unchanging "Ubuntu Kylin" blue welcome ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS live USB stops working after initial software update

*Afterthought: with 16GB to work with, does it make more sense to just install full Ubuntu onto the USB, instead of running live with persistent storage? Steps to replicate my problem: From Ubuntu ...
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Grub rescue error: Unknown Commands + Unknown FileSystem + Live Usb

I have been given an Asus EEE Pc 1201PN where Ubuntu and Windows 7 used to live in a dual-boot. When running Windows 7, the Ubuntu partition has been erased and thus, Grub is not working anymore when ...
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Ubuntu loads off USB but won't install, also asks for username and password

this is my first time here. I have Ubuntu 13.04 running on my laptop and I read that it is longer supported which made me went ahead to download 16.04LTS. Using ubuntu's startupdisk creator, I ...
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No ACPI video bus was found

Today, when I turned on my computer, I got a message on a black screen every time it rebooted, which was "No ACPI video bus was found" How can I fix this?
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Ubuntu 16.04 not booting from USB

I tried to create a bootable USB for Ubuntu 16.04. When booting from the USB I only see a black screen with a blinking cursor though. Here are the different attempts I've tried: Download the Ubuntu ...
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Can I install a Live CD ubuntu onto my hard drive

I have installed and used Bootable USB's to install or run Ubuntu. I want to create say a recovery drive lets say /dev/sda1 is /efi/boot /dev/sda2 is /dev/sda3 /home /dev/sda4 is the recovery drive ...
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Create live usb from ubuntu-14.04.4-server-amd64

I installed an Ubuntu Server Editition as a virtual machine and I am going to configure it. Is there a way to create a live usb for it? Simply by extracting its current state and use it as a base for ...
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Ubuntu crash from bootable usb

I am trying to install ubuntu 14.04.4 using a usb drive, I used that software which mounts and prepares the usb with the disk image. When I attempt to boot from my USB from BIOS, when it gets to ...
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Live usb 14.0.4 upgrade for more driver

I have problem with live USB Ubuntu - it doesn`t see my network card. My question is how can I install more drivers to the live Ubuntu on USB, and where do I configure this? My network card is ...
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Creating an ISO from a bootable pendrive (only the used space)

I have a 128GB bootable pendrive with Windows Live on it. I wanted to create an ISO image of this pen-drive so that I can create a bootable pendrive later. This question might seem to be [Duplicate] ...
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Ubuntu 15.04 Live USB not working

I'm trying to use a live usb with Ubuntu 15.04 on it; something I can have with me so that I have a nice linux system wherever I go. I believe this issue stems from my current main desktop. Here is ...
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Booting Ubuntu 14.04 from USB Drive on Early 2008 black Macbook (Macbook 4,1)

Linux newbie here. I'm trying to breathe new life into my 8 year old Macbook by replacing OS X 10.6.8 with a Linux distro. While I'm trying to figure out which distro to choose, I ran into the ...
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Issue dismounting LVM on LUKS system when initial live-USB isn't present

I am having a rather peculiar problem with the Ubuntu half of my system. The TL;DR is that I have Ubuntu 14.04 using an LVM on LUKS setup. /boot lives on an unencrypted partition (/sda3) while swap ...
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Possible to make new bootable USB while using a trial Ubuntu USB?

My Ubuntu system isn't working - I don't get past the splash screen and have tried boot repair (several times), fixing broken packages, recovery mode and so on, to no avail. The filesystem seemd to ...
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Why cannot I get a live-USB to use a partition for persistence?

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04.3 to a 16GB pendrive so as to obtain a Live OS that stores persistent data on an ext4 partition. I followed the instructions on various tutorials and answers, recently on ...
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LiveUSB 15.10 never stops loading

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 15.10 alongside Windows 10 and following this guide, but when I choose the "Try Ubuntu" option after rebooting, it goes into that purple "loading screen" with the little ...
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Ubuntu 15.10 minimal installation issues

Followed the instructions to create a bootable, external USB drive using Unetbootin and the mini.iso. Then referred the steps in another blog for a command-line installation. Halfway through the ...
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How can i check disk for defects without boot USB?

From menu boot will give you options .One of the options are check disk for defects. How can i check disk for defects without boot USB. Are there another ways to do it via Terminal or Software. If ...
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Installing ubuntu server on USB - confused about disk partitioning - need help

I am a Linux newbie with a computer with Windows 7, an 80-GB SSD "C" drive with my OS and program files on it, and a 1-TB "D" drive with my Windows 7 data. I am trying to install "ubuntu-14.04.3-...
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ubuntu install not working - hanging because trying to mount installation usb

So I did something really stupid and because of that I need to reinstall ubuntu. So I downloaded the iso, used this command to put it on the usb: dd if=ubuntu-iso.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=16M which I ...
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isolinux.bin missing or corrupt, what is the next step in debugging?

I am trying to boot a Ubuntu 14.04 live system on a machine that is currently unable to boot from its harddisk due to the installed OS having gotten corrupted somehow. I used this command to write ...
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How to stop surface pro from booting off wrong drive?

I'm trying to install ubuntu on my surface and I see that ubuntu is already there after I install it. however, it won't boot without the usb inserted. I've tried reinstalling it and doing some re ...
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How to get access into an encrypted home directory with a simple (or not) command via a LiveUSB?

I am using a LiveUSB and I need to get access to my files on an encrypted /home/ directory, because I was way too dumb to not think about a situation like this. (Ubuntu getting destroyed) I need a ...
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Ubuntu does not boot - not even from live cd

I have Ubuntu installed on my second partition. I wanted to copy a folder and I got told ls is an unknown command. So I tried to restart but it doesn't boot anymore. Just a console login appears but ...