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

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Why doesn't my live USB save settings, even though I have a persistence file?

I have just made a Live USB of Ubuntu 12.04 on a 4 GB stick. I made it in startup disk creator in 10.04 and set the persistence file to 3 GB. But for some reason it doesn't save my settings on ...
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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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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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Why do things change between using a LiveCD/LiveUSB and installing Ubuntu?

Here have been a couple of weird experiences I've had with a Ubuntu LiveCD or LiveUSB: 1) I had one of the original Chromebooks (CR-48). I ended up wiping ChromeOS and installing only Ubuntu 12.04.0 ...
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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 ...
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Very slow ubuntu 13.04

I installed Ubuntu 13.04 three days ago. Until now I couldn't use it, here is the story: I used 3 programs for creating the bootable usb that the Ubuntu documentation said to use but I always get ...
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Unable to try/install Ubuntu 12.10 from LiveUSB

I've got a computer that shipped with Windows 8, installed in EFI. I want to install Ubuntu in dual boot, so I have to install it in EFI as well. I disabled the 'Secure boot' in the BIOS. I created a ...
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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 ...
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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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How can I make a bootable USB ubuntu live disk for a Mac using Ubuntu?

I've found guides that explain how to make a bootable disk for macs using macs, but I want to use ubuntu to make this mac-bootable disk. Is there a way to do that? In other words, I have: a ...
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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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Why does my Live-USB fail to boot with “Syslinux…”?

I having trouble getting to boot from a Live USB pendrive explained in Ubuntu.com website. I downloaded various ISO images and only had success in booting from Live a CD or DVD. I've gotten newer ...
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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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How to recover windows laptop hard drive using ubuntu live stick

I would like to recover the hard drive on my laptop which had windows 7 but was formatted. Assuming I have an Ubuntu live usb stick, how can I unformat the laptop's drive? Notice I rather not open ...
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Apt-get dist-upgrade screws up USB stick with persistent file

I have read the Persistant File System vs Installation onto USB stick and realized I have my own question. The problem is: when you do sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade from ...
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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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How to properly burn and install Ubuntu 13.10 from USB-stick or DVD?

A few months ago, I've downloaded the Ubuntu 13.10 .iso file and made an usb flashdrive of it. It did not work, the boot seemed to start (that purple screen shows up) but not the screen asking about ...
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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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DualBoot 32Win & 64Mac from Live USB +Persistance

So I have a 32 bit Live USB with persistance that I use to write code, cause that's just how I roll. I can boot it onto my school computers(32 bit Win) no problem, but obviously not my Mac (2007 iMac, ...
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Installing Ubuntu alongside a pre-installed version of Windows 8 with UEFI

I've heard a lot of good things about Ubuntu, so I decided to try it out on my HP notebook 2000 laptop (via LiveUSB). My laptop came pre-installed with Windows 8, and it has a UEFI system. However, ...
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USB mouse and keyboard not working in Xubuntu LiveUSB

I'm at my wit's end trying to get the latest version of xubuntu to run or install from a USB drive. Here's what happens: when I boot from the USB drive, I choose the 'Try Xubuntu' option from the ...
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Error: No such device grub rescue (error appears when booting from USB too)

I know this error appears many times on the web, and the advice is to boot from a live CD/USB and re-install the grub from the terminal. This is not a solution for me since I am getting the error when ...
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Microsoft Surface Pro 2, dual booting Ubuntu Secure Remix 13.04 does not work, Live USB

If I boot from the Live USB and just select 'Try Ubuntu without Installing' it hangs on a black screen. If I go into edit options and type in 'only-ubiquity nomodeset' and remove 'quiet splash' and ...
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Firefox internet working on Live USB but not working on installed Ubuntu

Firefox works in a live USB session, but when I installed Ubuntu 13.10, Firefox was not working. I am confused what could be the reason. Is there something related to drivers or something which which ...
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Running Ubuntu off multiple USB sticks

I know that using USB drives to boot Linux is a slower alternative to HDD's, however, I wanted to know the feasibility of using multiple USB drives to boot. Specifically, I wish to use a single USB ...
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Toram option and Persistence on live usb

I created a live usb, that is what they call, by using unetbootin. I also know that to ram option would speed up the OS in exchange of ram. But when I do append presistence,with the toram, to the boot ...
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Ubuntu Boots, But stays on shell!

I have a Dell Optiplex 160L and I'm booting Ubuntu 13.04 from a LinuxLiveKey USB. It loads all the way through the purple Ubuntu loading screen then goes back to shell. then it gets stuck on ...
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“Unable to find a medium containing a live file system” 12.04.3

I created bootable usb of 12.04.3 64bit using universal usb installer. When I boot, after the plymouth splash it switches to console mode and I get "Unable to find a medium containing a live file ...
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How to set up persistence in Ubuntu USB live boot?

I have Ubuntu 13.04 running off of a live USB which was created using PenDriveLinux. It works great, but I'm having a problem. When creating the USB, I selected the data persistence option, and set it ...
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installation for ubuntu 13 desktop amd64

installing ubuntu 13 desktop amd64 from usb and choosed ACPI-OFF and NOMODESET or what nots after choosing install alongside windows it just reebots and turns all black how will i solve this, ps. the ...
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HD is seen in busybox but not in the live usb

I'm a victim of an infamous problem with wubi and I might be about to lose all my data. But that's not my question. The problem is that whenever I try to at least backup some of my files by booting ...
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Problems with the boot menu

I am running Windows Vista and have had many problems before with it, but when I try to boot Ubuntu to test it out it tells me 'unable to load disc please insert disc and press any key to continue' or ...
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Is there a way to move my settings from my USB persistence to full install on portable hard drive?

I want to do a full install of ubuntu on a portable hard drive, and I have been using a Live USB with persistence so far. Can I move these settings over so I don't have to start again?
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Ubuntu 13.04 freezes while partitioning from LiveUSB

Translation: When I try to resize partitions from the Ubuntu 13.04 LiveUSB it freezes and I have to restart the PC. I want to know if there is any solution. My PC has processor Intel Pentium ...
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seeking rescue drive with ZFS

I'd like to create a USB flash drive with a live Ubuntu that supports ZFS. The purpose is to rescue, or do low-level things to, a computer with ZFS. However I've failed to find such a thing, and ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 boots into grub command prompt in dual boot

I'm running a Dell Inspiron 3520. I decided to install Ubuntu on this alongside Windows 8, because I need it. I downloaded the amd64 iso since my laptop is 64 bit. I put it on my usb using UNetBootin. ...
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Computer freezes when trying to install Ubuntu

I'm attempting to install Ubuntu 12.04 on a Gateway GT5028 using a flash drive. I've used this flash drive before to successfully install ubuntu on two computers now. However, in this particular case, ...
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How to keep the Xorg settings from the Live CD/USB?

For some reason no matter what I do in regards to getting proper ATI Drivers, nothing works. However, testing out the OS in a Live USB is actually perfect. Full-screen flash works, 3D graphics work, ...
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Ubuntu install problems (runs prompt then crash)

I was able to successfully boot Ubuntu from the usb/DVD. However, when I want to install Ubuntu the install prompt shows, I then select my region/user/keyboard/hard drive to install.Then while I wait ...
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My Ubuntu 12.10 partition is frozen in the Safe Graphics Mode?

I have an Acer Aspire 5315 with Ubuntu 12.10 on it. I had it fully customized, except for the fact that my cooling fan wouldn't work. After some research, I found out that the fans are run off of ...
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Is my Dell Inspiron n5050 laptop compatible with Xubuntu 12.10 ?

Xubuntu-12.10-desktop-amd64 doesn't boot in live usb mode. Only the boot screen appears and then it stops. My laptop is already running Ubuntu 12.04, and since Xubuntu 12.10 live USB boot only shows ...
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How to analyze why “Try Ubuntu” does not launch?

I downloaded the latest version of Ubuntu Desktop for i386 since I like to run it on an older computer which does not support 64bit. I successfully following this tutorial on how to create a bootable ...
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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 ...
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Acer Aspire 4755G 'Secure Boot not Enabled' while booting liveUSB Ubuntu with Ubuntu Builder

My Acer Aspire 4755G had a Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed when I bought it. I immediately installed Ubuntu 12.04 alongside of it, with GRUB and BURG. Now, recently, Windows 7 became very slow, ...
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Cannot get Linux to boot from usb

this is my first time trying to install Linux. Any help is GREATLY appreciated. I have tried two different Linux distos as well as two different programs to create the usb live key and have tried to ...
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How to boot Ubuntu-based Distros with Custom Casper Folder Location

I've searched for the last hour or so for this, and haven't had any luck. I've extracted the BackTrack 5 ISO to my usb, and put all the file in the folder "bt5r3-gnome-64". I have already installed ...