USB/DVD (1Gb) ISO release for testing

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#11 Postby Stevo » Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:56 pm

Succeeded this time first try making a USB key from the ISO on 64-bit M8.5. Will let you know if it boots.
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#12 Postby kamikaze » Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:30 am

I do not manage to make bootable USB from msystem since the RC2. I have tried several times; directly from CD and from a file. When I go back to the CD RC2 there are no problems what so ever. In less than 5 min the process is over and the USB boots fine.

From RC3 and further a new option is enabeled in msystem: Install from a file. In my case I have tried both from the CD and from a file an nothing works.

Still I have not learned the "unetbootin"-thing but it looks like I would need to have a closer look on that in order to have a clean install from the released version.

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#13 Postby shempshere » Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:40 am

Just wanted to confirm a separate but related question, will this implementation / solution support persistence when it is installed on a USB?

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#14 Postby Jerry3904 » Sun Apr 18, 2010 11:03 am

Still I have not learned the "unetbootin"-thing but it looks like I would need to have a closer look on that in order to have a clean install from the released version.
It's dead simple, so I doubt you will have any problems. The Wiki has a section on it here.
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#15 Postby kamikaze » Sun Apr 18, 2010 1:34 pm

Jerry3904 wrote:It's dead simple, so I doubt you will have any problems. The Wiki has a section on it here.


After reading the wiki I tended to agree. I installed the program and made it run. as you said it was "dead simple"... exept for one thing....when I try to boot a message tells me:

"This is not a bootable disk. Please insert a bootable floppy and press any key to try again" Tried several times with the same result.

The only difference from the wiki was that the program told me to mount the usb-stick. In the wiki it says it need to be unmunted.

Still without booting the 8.5 final on my aspire one...just updated from 8.5 rc2. I tried again to make the same usb bootable from msystem with the 8.5rc2 CD and it booted up as always....

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#16 Postby Jerry3904 » Sun Apr 18, 2010 1:40 pm

The only difference from the wiki was that the program told me to mount the usb-stick. In the wiki it says it need to be unmunted.
Right, thanks. MEPIS System Assistant says unmounted...I will correct that.

Are you sure that ISO (not Floppy) USB Drive (not Hard Disk) were selected when you used Unetbootin?
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#17 Postby kamikaze » Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:08 pm

Jerry3904 wrote:Right, thanks. MEPIS System Assistant says unmounted...I will correct that.

Are you sure that ISO (not Floppy) USB Drive (not Hard Disk) were selected when you used Unetbootin?


Yes, I am sure about that. The iso file is on another partition than my home partition but I imagine that should be ok.

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#18 Postby eselma » Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:17 pm

Tried the SM 8.5 USB 32 bit today in a laptop (Acer Timeline 5810T). The USB was created with Unetbootin and all worked fine up to now.

The internal intel graphics card was nor recognized (vesa) as did the CD version, but these Timeline laptops seems to be quite tricky. So, xorg.conf had to be tweaked.

Wifi, etc all worked fine.

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#19 Postby m_pav » Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:13 pm

Report similar issues re: the Mepis assistant.
Takes exceedingly long time to format the drive, then unplug and replug ??? After creatign the thumb drive, I tried it in a few machines, some booted, other did not. I thought I'd check the drive using gparted and low and behold, the fat32 partition was nothing more than a bang, (exclamation mark inside a triangle)

I tried this a few times, got the same result, even with different brand thumb drives and making them using another machine, tried waiting longer and shorter post re-plugging the drive and still the same result. The same computers it failed to boot on still would not boot,those that did, booted just fine, but in every test, the drive formatting had a bang.

I did not go past the Live-USB boot test and the iso image is just fine. I get the same results using the regular Live-CD iso image too.

Incidentally, the Antix2usb script can just be copied verbatim from the /usr/local/bin folder of a running antiX to an installed Mepis and it worked just fine on my 8.0 rig to make the bootable thumb drive, did not have time to try it on a 8.5 system.

I also tried the image-writer python script from the OLPC Sugar on a Stick to burn an iso image to thumb drive, it went through the process, but the resulting drive was not bootable. Still, being GPL, this may have some nice clues that could help us.

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#20 Postby Stevo » Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:28 pm

What Intel chipset is it using?

eselma wrote:Tried the SM 8.5 USB 32 bit today in a laptop (Acer Timeline 5810T). The USB was created with Unetbootin and all worked fine up to now.

The internal intel graphics card was nor recognized (vesa) as did the CD version, but these Timeline laptops seems to be quite tricky. So, xorg.conf had to be tweaked.

Wifi, etc all worked fine.
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