Here's what I've tried with no success:

  • Unetbootin: It keeps hanging.
  • Linux Live USB: I only get an empty folder as the result
  • Universal installer: it hasn't worked.

Can I use my Ubunu CD-ROM in persistent mode?

  • Weird because my mom has the same model and it has worked since 11.10. And only using the livecd it still works. – Luis Alvarado Jan 13 '13 at 16:39
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    Please only ask one question in any post. Yo can edit your post and create a new one for the 2nd problem. – guntbert Jan 13 '13 at 17:00
  • Please Luis Can you tell me what to do please I have been trying for the last week please Luis – UbuntuRokz Jan 13 '13 at 17:02
  • but I feel the questions are related to one problem under one topic anyway I just want the printer to work Luis has already replied and said its work with just the live cd so it turns out I just need help with the printer and hopefully Luis will help me as his mum as the same printer which works of the live cd – UbuntuRokz Jan 13 '13 at 17:05

You cannot do this with a LiveCD

CDs, for the most part, are designed to be read-only once they've been written to. Even rewritable CDs typically require CD writing software, because most other applications will see the disk as a standard CD and assume it's read-only. This means that you cannot save your printer setup to the LiveCD.

You can install Ubuntu to a USB thumb drive

It's actually deceptively easy - take a standard live CD and boot to it with your USB drive plugged in, and install Ubuntu to the USB drive like you would to any other hard drive (be sure that everything points to the USB drive). You can then boot to it by selecting the USB drive in the boot device selection menu when your computer boots up. This method does format the drive to Ext4, so Windows can no longer read it, but it makes the entire drive available to the Ubuntu install, just as though it were on a regular hard drive.

Your printer driver issues aren't all related to your LiveCD issues

A 500 error is an error coming from the server that Ubuntu is trying to download from. It means that something is wrong with the server itself. There's nothing you can do about that error from that download mirror for that particular driver, except wait a while (anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of days) and see if it comes back. However, the LaserJet 1000 series is old enough that you should have a generic driver option available, which should allow you to install it. If that option isn't available, or doesn't work, then simply download it directly from the HPLIP website (it also includes instructions on installing it manually).

Saving the settings, of course, will require a writable medium, which I've addressed above.

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  • With the cd are you saying insert the ubuntu live cd ? Yes but I do t know how to even use the terminal for installing hplip it keep saying command not recognised I need serious help I feel lost in a stack of needles I need specific instruction I tried following hplip I download excited the file in ubuntu and says error then say smooth want to retry then comes back error retry I press y for yes comes back error please advise me its hell – UbuntuRokz Jan 13 '13 at 17:35
  • when you said take a standard live cd I take it your meaning take the ubuntu cd put in my pc boot from cd rom which the usb drive is plugged in at the same time ubuntu has now started I go to start disk creator its now asking me where the ubuntu ISO is located at in which path? I don't have room to download another copy as the live cd of ubuntu is only 700mb – UbuntuRokz Jan 13 '13 at 17:41
  • @UbuntuRokz - You don't ust the start disk creator for what I've described. And remember, you have to have a USB drive plugged in as well. You then find the "Install Ubuntu" shortcut (if the CD doesn't prompt you, or you've closed the prompt) and install it just like you would to a regular hard drive. – Shauna Jan 13 '13 at 17:44
  • but it install straight to hard disk and will install it to hard drive rather then disk drive or does it give an option to install straight to usb thanks for bearing with me – UbuntuRokz Jan 13 '13 at 17:45
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    @UbuntuRokz - you should try and tackle the problem with HP printer plugin later, after you have a working Ubuntu OS where you can store your settings and data using either of these 2 methods: 1) Create live USB with persistence OR 2) Install Ubuntu on USB. – Sadi Jan 13 '13 at 17:49

You need to create a Live USB for persistence as live CD cannot store your settings and data.

And for this you can simply use Ubuntu's own Startup Disk Creator or MultiSystem.

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  • But I'm using windows – UbuntuRokz Jan 13 '13 at 16:57
  • But you should be able to boot your computer from live CD and start using Ubuntu (without installing) – Sadi Jan 13 '13 at 17:05
  • I never said I could not boot from cd? – UbuntuRokz Jan 13 '13 at 17:18
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    So, if you couldn't somehow create a live USB with persistence using Windows programs, what I suggested was that you can perhaps boot your computer from Ubuntu live CD and try the above-mentioned Linux programs to create Ubuntu live USB with persistence. – Sadi Jan 13 '13 at 17:27
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    1) You can try and use the Ubuntu ISO which you probably used to write your live CD and which is probably somewhere on your HDD (Ubuntu live CD session should be able to access it) 2) You can download Ubuntu ISO anywhere other than your CD-ROM and use it as above. – Sadi Jan 13 '13 at 17:44

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