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 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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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS live USB boot error (gfxboot.c32:not a valid COM32R image)

I downloaded Ubuntu 14.04 (64 bit) lts. I made a bootable usb stick. But I keep receiving this error message upon booting: SYSLINUX 4.04 EDD 20110518 Copyright (C) 1994-2011 H. Peter Anvin et al ...
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USB drive install of Ubuntu 12.04 Server fails - can't find components from CD-ROM

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 Server (32bit) on a machine here using a USB stick. I used the Universal-USB-Installer-1.8.9.4 which has support for 12.04 server to get the ISO onto the USB drive. ...
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How to create a bootable Ubuntu USB flash drive from terminal?

Is there any way to create a bootable Ubuntu USB flash drive from the terminal without using any third-party applications like YUMI,Unetbootin, etc. I tried to create a bootable Ubuntu flash drive ...
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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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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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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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How do I create an Ubuntu live USB using a Mac?

I'd like to create a live USB stick on a Mac so I can install Ubuntu on another machine. How do accomplish this?
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Why isn't Startup Disk Creator working in 12.04?

I'm trying to create a bootable USB stick (7.5G) for Ubuntu 12.04 (x86_64) from another Ubuntu 12.04 x86_64 PC. I downloaded the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Release amd64 (20120425). When ...
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Create USB installer to install Ubuntu from the command line?

I'm trying to create a bootable USB image to install Ubuntu on a new computer. I have done this before following the "create USB drive" instructions for Ubuntu desktop, but I don't have an Ubuntu ...
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How to make a persistent live Ubuntu USB with more than 4GB

I want to make a persistent live Ubuntu/ Mint usb drive with more than 4gb of storage. I know there is an option of installing linux directly on the drive but I dont want to do this as it will ...
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What version is this Live CD / Live USB?

I often have a number of Live CDs sitting around (actually USBs) and I'm not always sure which version is which. Is there some quick way to find out the Ubuntu version I'm looking at? Perhaps a file I ...
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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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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 make an Ubuntu live USB stick in Fedora?

I have Fedora installed on my desktop and I want to make a live USB stick with Ubuntu to install it on a laptop. What's the easiest way to do it?
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Memtest with Ubuntu 12.04 live CD

I've probably missed something but I can't find the memtest option when booting from my Ubuntu 12.04 Live USB. Could someone please tell me how to get to it?
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Cannot update grub with paramters on live USB

I have booted from a live USB ("Try Ubuntu"), that also has a persistent option set (I used LiLi to create one) to do some tests for this pcie hotplug issue I'm having. I'm trying to test some boot ...
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Why can't I mount the Ubuntu 12.04 installer ISOs in Mac OS X?

Over the past few days, I have downloaded both the 32 and 64 bit version of server and desktop to install on an Intel based PC. It is normal from within OS X to double click on an ISO and it will ...
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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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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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What would be the differences between a persistent USB Live Session and a installed Ubuntu in a USB drive?

I'm a teacher and will ask my students to either bring their laptops with Ubuntu installed with an specific list of packages preinstalled or bring a USB Drive or External Hard Drive with Ubuntu and ...
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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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How do I install Ubuntu from an USB drive / create a live USB-stick in Windows?

I tried to use the usb-creator.exe from Ubuntu 10.10 desktop i386 ISO image and it does create an USB stick that doesn't boot. When I try to boot from it I get: Operating System not found. I try ...
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SYSLINUX: No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found! [duplicate]

I have a USB live key created with Linux Live USB creator. I used all the defaults, and got a standard version of Ubuntu. When I try to boot into it, I get the error above. I went through the rest of ...
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How to create Windows XP LiveUSB using Ubuntu to replace it

I am using an Acer Aspire One netbook with no CD-disk drive, and would like to uninstall Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and install Windows XP in its place. The problem here is that I can't seem to find a program ...
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“Continue button” grayed out in “installation type” screen during 13.04 installation

I'm installing Ubuntu 13.04 onto my 32-bit Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, from a live-usb. One of the screens says "Installation type", with the three options "Install Ubuntu alongside Windows Vista" or ...
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How to create a live system on usb-drive with persistent changes on disk/hdd

I was trying to install Ubuntu live on a USB-drive with persistent changes. However i wanted to write the changes to HDD instead of USB for various reasons (Performance, Space). I found out, that the ...
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Cannot detect Windows 8 from Ubuntu 12.04 Live USB installation on Toshiba qosmio x870

From other questions raised, I read that if Ubuntu Live USB boots in UEFI mode then it should detect Windows 8 during installation. During installation, I only see two options, Erase disk and install ...
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How can I make an Ubuntu recovery image on external media?

I am about to expand my Ubuntu partition, so I think I should make a backup of current one in case something goes wrong. Is there some software to make a bootable USB and recovery image?
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Automatically choose “Try Ubuntu without Installing” after booting from USB Startup Disk

I have created a usb bootup stick for 10.10, and reduced the timeout to 0 sec... but after it boots up it shows two options either to install or try ubuntu... I want to avoid this screen and directly ...
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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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How can I create a LiveCD/LiveDVD/LiveUSB?

How can I create a Ubuntu LiveCD/LiveDVD/LiveUSB?
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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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How to make a USB stick swap disk?

OK , I know this sounds a bit silly and solid state drives like a USB flash stick are probly the last thing on earth you want to use as a swap disk since they could go bad pretty quick from all the ...
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Remove welcome screen from Live USB?

I created a Live Ubuntu 10.10 with persistent storage on a USB drive. On every boot the Welcome screen appears where you can select the language and choose to try Ubuntu Live or to install Ubuntu. ...
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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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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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How to fix syslinux error creating a bootable USB stick in Windows?

I downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 desktop and I am trying to create a bootable USB drive using the universal USB installer. However, I keep getting the message: An error(1) occurred while executing ...
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How do I make an Bootable Ubuntu USB?

How do I make an Bootable Ubuntu USB? Containing the the latest version of Ubuntu? For completeness, how would I be able to do this on Ubuntu, Windows, OS X or another Linux distro?
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Startup Disk Creator shows no free space on my USB stick

I am having a problem trying to use Startup Disk Creator with my 8GB USB stick. The USB stick has just been formatted, but Startup Disk Creator shows that there is no free space on the drive, although ...
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Using apt-get install in a live environment

I would like to know where does data stores when I use apt-get install in a live environment (2GB USB). Does this write data on the HDD? Thanks.
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Hard-drive fails to boot if suspend was activated prior to restarting. Booting a live USB/CD fixes the issue (temporarily)

I am running 12.04 64-bit and am dual booting with Win7, for full disclosure, although I suspect that has nothing to do with my problem. The boot-loader(GRUB) fails to load often and I will be ...
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Top software to install on Live USB drive, for Windows recovery purposes

I installed the latest Lubuntu image on a pen drive(2GB), using Ubuntu's Startup Disk Creator. My goal for this pen drive is for maintenance of old Windows XP machines. What software should I install ...
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From terminal , how make a LIVE USB for all distro's ,not only for Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Create USB installer from the command line? With curiosity I have on terminal, I came to this step. How can I create Live USB from terminal? Is there any tool i got to ...
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Difference between LiveCD, LiveUSB, full-install, and persistence?

I am currently running Ubuntu as a guest vm on a Win 7 host via VirtualBox, but I would like to have a portable version of Ubuntu when I am not using my laptop. I am unsure as to the difference ...
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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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What is the root password for a live usb stick? [duplicate]

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ su Password: su: Authentication failure I installed Ubuntu to a USB stick. I didn't set any password any time - why can't I use su?
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Boot from USB on a Macbook

How do I boot from USB on a Mac? Mac OS X crashed on that PC and I want to make the owner switch to Ubuntu.
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How do I convert my Ubuntu installation into a Live-USB or Live-CD?

Say I have Ubuntu installed in a hard drive What can I do to generate a liveUSB that is as similar as possible to the installation ?
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Live CD boot/installation problem, blank screen - 12.04

I'm trying to install ubuntu-12.04-desktop-amd64 from my usb stick. When booting from usb I instantly get a blank screen (with a grey box at the left bottom) I checked the live system with my ...