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theif519 05-10-2011 06:33 PM

UNetBootin Arch Linux Boot Problems
Okay, so I do NOT have a live DVD, but I could get one if I skipped lunch and went to the rite aid nearby, but I don't want to go out of the way on the way to school, but if it comes to that, I will do it. So, main question, how do I make a successful LiveUSB for Arch Linux? Also, I tried it for openSUSE, but it said the kernel image wasn't found :( Anyway, Fedora works fine for it, so I'm guessing it's not as simple as I thought it would be. So, it says "Initiating interactive prompt so you can manually fix it yourself" or something like that and it brings me into a command prompt without any instructions. What do I do? I do not wish to install it but test it out to see if it WOULD work on the laptop I will be using on the weekend at my dad's that nobody uses. So... I do not want to install now nor tamper with my MBR, Hard Drive Partitions, or anything, because I am not experienced enough and I do not trust myself enough to do so. I do not have a Windows 7 disk because my PC did not come with one so there would be no way I could recover that if something were to go wrong, but I do have an Ubuntu 10.10 disk. Anyway, I want to download Arch Linux as an experiment, and if not that, openSUSE or some other operating system. I've tried OpenBSD, but I could never install a desktop environment :(

kgas 05-11-2011 05:55 AM

For Arch Linux if you want to go in simple way try Archbang or CTKarch both are derivative of Arch

reed9 05-11-2011 07:52 AM

Easiest way if you're running any linux distro is to do

dd if=archlinux-2010.05-core-i686.iso of=/dev/sd[x]
Where /dev/sd[x] is replaced by whatever your USB stick is. To find out, check the output of

sudo fdisk -l
Note the if= should be followed by the path to the iso file, if it is not in your current working directory. And obviously change the name if you're using the 64 bit iso.

More info on unetbootin and Arch here.

kgas 05-16-2011 11:31 AM


Originally Posted by reed9 (Post 4353196)
Easiest way if you're running any linux distro is to do

This is true only for hybrid iso. For ubuntu this won't work.

TobiSGD 05-16-2011 12:49 PM

Of course this will work. reed9 is saying that you need an installed (or at least live) Linux system to do the dd-command. Not that you can copy any Linux distro to USB this way.

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