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Old 11-27-2009, 05:24 AM   #1
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Using Unetbootin on a win XP to make a USB stick?


Now is the time for me to use unetbootin for first time to make a fat32 USB memory to put some linux-distro.iso on it.

Is there any precautions to look out for. Some brand or device to not use because they fail to load or something?

i've heard that some thumbs simply fails.

I've never used unetbootin before. Any tip on what can go wrong?

Should the thumb be in the computer before one start up unetbootin?

Don't tell me to read the unetbootin manual. I fail to sort out such big texts. I need simple how to do it in lay words.
 
Old 11-27-2009, 05:36 AM   #2
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More likely to have a problem with specific distros (because of the different methods especially the Live iso's use for loading). For example, I never had any success with openSuse using Unetbootin but could easily create a bootable USB from within another Linux whereas e.g. Ubuntu worked fine using Unetbootin.

Have also seen reports of cheap (unbranded type cheap) USB sticks not working too well but can't comment first hand.

As for using the app, couldn't be easier: plug in the thumb drive, fire up the app, choose the iso file, (check it is pointing to the right USB device - obviously), click go. The manual (or help files) aren't that complex

One other thing you might notice when you come to re-format the USB stick in Win, is that it appears only to be the size of the iso regardless of it's real capacity. You may need to do format twice to "restore" proper capacity.

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Old 11-27-2009, 05:53 AM   #3
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Thanks, I have three stick in front of me now.

two Cruzer 1 GB these have U3 on them doesn'that mean I have to format them to fat32 before using unetbootin on them?


and one Transcend 1 GB and I guess have something named V30 that could be something similar to U3 but another makers version???

so should not all of them first be formatted to fat32 so Ican read them with windows in case I need that?

Then only after that is done should I start the unetbootin program?

Here is a description too?

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/using-u...ive-usb-linux/

I put the question here in hardware because my question is about these U3 needed to be cleaned away does they not? So this question is primarily aboutthe drives and secondary about using the software unetbootin. okay
 
Old 11-27-2009, 06:00 AM   #4
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heheh I have a puppy-4.0.3-seamonkey.iso file on the transcend but not sure how to know if it is a bootable stick.

It aslo has a file named StartLinux.bat which can be a Qemu file maybe.

I guess I just ditch it and start all over with a new puppy 4.3 or something.

How do I see if it is a fat32 or fat16 device?it only says fat and not any number.

I am using unetbootin now to see if it works. Very slow extracting the files. I deleted all teh qemu files and started all over with puppy. now it finished so I will test the stick on different computers.

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Old 11-27-2009, 06:32 AM   #5
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I failed to boot the Acer AAO D250 but seems to be booting a Compaq vista machine desktop and that worked it show the desktop pictures with all the avatars? so now the only thing left is to do the set up to get out on internet and get sound and such

I wil ltry to phone Acer to ask how I get into bios and tell it to choose the pin first

Jay I am on the puppy forum now on that computer so that is good.

Now I should do the same on the netbook acer.

The usb is jetflash old 1 gb now with Crunchbang on it

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Old 11-27-2009, 07:41 AM   #6
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The usb pin work after me learned to set F12 enabled but I totally failed to get the usb to load independently but the crunchbang is running now but fail to get the LAN going. Sad.

I have to learn how to get that going.

Thanks for all help
 
  


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