Linux does not boot from my usb

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Afif_D
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Linux does not boot from my usb

Postby Afif_D » Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:11 pm UTC

Well I have a few Linux Distros as .iso images.
I installed them using the software UNetbootin in my usb stick . But when i boot them with my usb stick, all i get are errors about problems with KERNEL.

Sometimes it doesnt even recognize my usb stick to have bootable stuff in it.

There is nothing wrong with the images. The distros run fine with the "RUN IN WINDOWS" option of UNETBOOTIN.


What should i do?
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Re: Linux does not boot from my usb

Postby LikwidCirkel » Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:54 pm UTC

Do you have a USB hub connected? It doesn't matter if anything is actually connected to the hub. If so, unplug it.

I've seen this happen with several motherboards while trying to use uNetbootin.

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Re: Linux does not boot from my usb

Postby Carnildo » Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:00 am UTC

The first thing you should do is figure out what error messages you're getting. They're often quite useful in figuring out what's going wrong.

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Re: Linux does not boot from my usb

Postby Afif_D » Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:35 am UTC

All right. Then hold on. I need to buy another usb stick.
I will report what error messages i got.
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Re: Linux does not boot from my usb

Postby Afif_D » Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:45 am UTC

I got the pen drive.
I installed DSL distro using unetbootin. The distro was present was an iso image.
I selected correct boot order in bios.
But nothing shows up. It boots straight into windows.
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Re: Linux does not boot from my usb

Postby Carnildo » Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:16 am UTC

Some things to try:
1) Enter BIOS setup with the USB drive plugged in and make sure the BIOS can see it (and while you're at it, double-check the boot order. I've seen BIOSs reset the boot order for any of a number of reasons.)
2) Plug the USB drive into a different port.
3) Plug it in to a different computer.

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Re: Linux does not boot from my usb

Postby Afif_D » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:23 am UTC

Tried all of them.
In BIOS the usb drive is listed as 'Removable Drive'
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Re: Linux does not boot from my usb

Postby PM 2Ring » Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:16 pm UTC

Afif_D wrote:All right. Then hold on. I need to buy another usb stick.
I will report what error messages i got.


Please do. It's hard to debug stuff without error messages. :)

It sounds like your BIOS is not cooperating, but at least it detects the USB drive, so that's a good sign. I suspect that your BIOS doesn't want to play with unetbootin, but I've never used unetbootin myself, so that's just a guess.

Have you tried Puppy Linux? It's a very small but powerful distro that runs well from a USB. To see if unetbootin is the culprit, I suggest downloading a Puppy .iso, burn it to a CD (i.e, make a proper disk from the .iso image, don't just copy the .iso as a single data file to the CD), boot your new Puppy CD and then use the Setup menu command to create a bootable Puppy USB.

With a little bit of work, it isn't too hard to set up GRUB on a USB to allow you to boot multiple distros off one USB drive. FWIW, I have a USB stick with GRUB installed that can boot a couple of different versions of Puppy off itself, and it can also boot the various OSes I have on my HDs, which has come in handy a few times... :)

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Re: Linux does not boot from my usb

Postby Pterodactyl » Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:44 pm UTC

Unetbootin sometimes doesn't work. Try Win32 Disk imager or, if you are using a Linux distribution now, Multisystem

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Re: Linux does not boot from my usb

Postby ycc1988 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:53 pm UTC

I used PenDriveLinux for Windows. Worked like a charm.

I can also affirm to problems with Unetbootin in the past.

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Re: Linux does not boot from my usb

Postby Afif_D » Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:06 pm UTC

Thanks for the help. I tried Pen Drive Linux. Still didn't work. May be my pendrive doesn't support booting. I got a kingston datatraveler 109 Image
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Re: Linux does not boot from my usb

Postby PM 2Ring » Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:03 am UTC

That brand of pendrive should be bootable. Are you sure that it has the "bootable" flag set? You can check that with any partitioning utility.
Maybe you should post a hexdump of the boot sector. If you're using Linux that's easy to do using the dd command piped into hd.

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Re: Linux does not boot from my usb

Postby Pterodactyl » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:16 pm UTC

Try it in a different computer.

I have a different brand of USB, and it works... on my laptop. On my desktop, if I choose to boot from it (it's listed as a removable device), it won't even give me a message. The BIOS just freezes when it's supposed to boot it. Any ideas?

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Re: Linux does not boot from my usb

Postby Afif_D » Mon Jul 30, 2012 8:58 am UTC

PM 2Ring wrote:That brand of pendrive should be bootable. Are you sure that it has the "bootable" flag set? You can check that with any partitioning utility.
Maybe you should post a hexdump of the boot sector. If you're using Linux that's easy to do using the dd command piped into hd.


I am a windows user. I am not exactly sure how to check if the boot flag is set. But all I did was open disk management utility in windows 7. The C: drive(windows installed in it)
is described there as
Healthy(boot,page file,crash dump,primary partition)

The USB drive is written as
Healthy(Primary Partition)
I think it means the boot flag is not set.
:(
what do i do?

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Re: Linux does not boot from my usb

Postby think_of_a_shape » Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:37 am UTC

this site'
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
has all the information on getting this going. There are at least 3 different utilities to make a bootable USB flash Drive, most of them will even download the Distro for you...

Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3 is the one that I have used in the past.

more info....
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal- ... -as-1-2-3/
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Re: Linux does not boot from my usb

Postby Max™ » Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:52 am UTC

Afif_D wrote:
PM 2Ring wrote:That brand of pendrive should be bootable. Are you sure that it has the "bootable" flag set? You can check that with any partitioning utility.
Maybe you should post a hexdump of the boot sector. If you're using Linux that's easy to do using the dd command piped into hd.


I am a windows user. I am not exactly sure how to check if the boot flag is set. But all I did was open disk management utility in windows 7. The C: drive(windows installed in it)
is described there as
Healthy(boot,page file,crash dump,primary partition)

The USB drive is written as
Healthy(Primary Partition)
I think it means the boot flag is not set.
:(
what do i do?

I've used this myself: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

Grab the livecd version, put it on your other usb drive, then use that to set the boot flags in your other usb drive, if you haven't had luck with other methods?

Also: http://alternativeto.net/software/gparted/

Might have luck with one of those.


The pendrivelinux site linked above is good too if you can get it going, curious to see if you had any luck, I love my usb stick. Never had any issues with unetbootin, but as was pointed out, your drive isn't set as bootable.
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