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Old 12-31-2008, 01:07 PM   #1
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Problem with Live USBs


Hello all,

Just a quick note about my setup before I start. I'm running an Acer Aspire One 150L, with Ubuntu Hardy.

I've been trying to experiment with different distros, making Live USBs on a 2Gb Kingston stick with UNetbootin, both using the net download options and newer disk images. I've had success booting into Puppy, DSL and Slax, but would like to try distros like OpenSuse, eeeXubuntu, Mandriva Mini etc. However every time I try to boot the USB with one of these "bigger" distros on, I can't get past a strange blue-grey screen which asks for a password. This isn't my Ubuntu password, and offers no options, merely disappearing after a password is entered.

I've got no optical drive, so this is my only booting option. At the weekends I have access to a desktop, so I can make Live USBs from working distros, but have yet to try this.

Any advice or suggestions? Thanks!
 
Old 12-31-2008, 06:02 PM   #2
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Your system is password protected. You will need to get the passwd from your vendor or erase it by special methods.
 
Old 01-01-2009, 07:28 AM   #3
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Why would this affect some distros and not others? I managed to get Ubuntu on here, overwriting Linpus Lite, without this password issue.
 
Old 01-01-2009, 10:37 AM   #4
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However every time I try to boot the USB with one of these "bigger" distros on, I can't get past a strange blue-grey screen which asks for a password. This isn't my Ubuntu password, and offers no options, merely disappearing after a password is entered.
When does this appear?
Is the OS already loaded? is it during installation, during boot.....
 
Old 01-01-2009, 11:03 AM   #5
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This happens immediately after pressing F12 and selecting the USB boot media.
 
Old 01-01-2009, 11:11 AM   #6
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Seems to me that is the bios password.
 
Old 01-01-2009, 01:14 PM   #7
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I simply don't understand why it should be so dependent on the actual distro on the Live USB. As I say, DSL, Puppy etc load without problems, and without that screen. Sorry to be so dense with all of this, but it seems to me that the BIOS password shouldn't cause that kind of problem?
 
Old 01-06-2009, 07:38 PM   #8
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Yes, I can confirm that there is no BIOS password set. Help!
 
  


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