[SOLVED] Trying to boot Linux Mint 9 from USB flash drive: "vesamenu.c32: Not a COM32R image"
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You are life saver this worked for me created 10.10's USB Creator image i was using was 10.04 and the laptop i was trying was Toshiba satellite
Originally Posted by bpasdar
This workaround worked for me...
After some fiddling around with the syslinux config files and still not getting it to boot properly, I found a deceptively simple workaround for this: Just type "help" on the BOOT prompt, and when you get the help menu, just hit enter. The system will now boot!
Confirmed that this also works for me when booting a USB stick created by 10.10's USB creator.
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My desktop is on Maverick .. I was trying to downgrade an install on my daughters Eeepc Asus 701 Netbook from Maverick back to Lucid as she found her netbook kept freezing. She, along with her younger sister who has the same netbook haven't had a single issue with Lucid.
Obviously we were getting the same error message as the OP
Each example I see of syslinux.cfg is different from mine, but the key lines are the same, and when you hit "tab" at the "boot" prompt you should see those options (label) for booting
...then, as noted by others, if you type one of these commands you will boot in that mode.
So type "live" and you will boot normally.
But, like you, I wanted to do it automatically; that's how I got here; looking for answers. Not quick enough!!
So I experimented....
*****Change the "default" where, at or near the first line of syslinux.cfg, it says
replace "vesamenu.c32" with "live" and voila!!!! the autoboot we wanted!!
Did the tab/live bit & it worked beautifully on my Asus Eee PC901. However, your adding how to automate it was the icing on the cake (don't like cherries on top!).
Not sure, though, if I replace "live" w/ "live-install" will give me the option to keep loading it from the USB or to install it on the system ... any ideas? I'm afraid of trying it out. Have been pretty cursed these last few days, digitally speaking ...
I have Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) Netbook & I don't like the amt of screen real estate I have to give up, so I'm trying out Lubuntu 10.04 (Lucid). My PC901 netbook has 2 SSDs: one 4g (boot & Swap) & one 16g, 2g RAM & I HAVE to use a ZTE MF601 USB modem since there's no land line where I live.
If I like it's performance, I'm going to try it out on my Dell OptiPlex GX270 desktop. Its almost bare bones architecture can't handle too many tasks though I've upgraded the RAM to 2g & the hard drive to an 80g. Otherwise, it's intact.
Last edited by iluminameluna; 10-12-2011 at 03:58 PM.
Reason: Added an explanation. Added my system details.
Change the "default" command to any of the options presented when you hit the "tab" button. If you get"live-install" as an option, then it should work, but I haven't seen that option, so don't know for sure. Try it. It simply will not boot if it's not a legitimate option, and you can re-edit the vesamenu.c32 back to say "live" and nothing else has changed. New distros of Ubuntu continue to act the same when installed to a USB. It still simulates booting from a CD, so the options, 'try' or 'install', are still the same.