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Old 10-01-2011, 07:19 PM   #1
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Copying downloaded mint OS by unetbootin is not getting fully onto flash drive.


I want to make a bootable USB flash drive with mint 11 lxde using unetbootin to do it.

I have gotten as far as formatting the drive as FAT with:

mkfs -t vfat -F 32 /dev/sdb1

and running unetbootin with:

sudo /home/user/unetbootin-linux-555

which is where unetbootin is located.

But running seems to be interminable, beyond a half-hour. It took less than a half-hour to download the OS. And when I stop the run and check, nothing much is on the flash drive, just five really small files.

Maybe I need to mount the drive. How would I do that?

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Old 10-01-2011, 07:36 PM   #2
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I'm wondering if the file syslinux.cfg may be the problem. I got a message, just after unetbootin started to copy, saying syslinux already existed and did I want to overwrite it. Since I had made sure the stick was empty before starting to run unetbootin, this message made no sense, unless unetbootin copied the file syslinux once and then tried to copy it again, all in one run.

There are five files on the stick resulting from the run of unetbootin. None of them has an .iso ending. I am wondering what I should look for in the event of a successful run, and am thinking it ought to have an .iso ending.
 
Old 10-01-2011, 07:47 PM   #3
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When I was trying to make a backup onto a USB stick I got these commands from someone:

sudo umount /media/Lexar
sudo mkdir /backup
sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /backup

and ultimately I was successful.

Is this something like what I need to do using unetbootin?
 
Old 10-01-2011, 08:26 PM   #4
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My computer is an Acer Aspire One with 512 MB of ram and 8 GB of hard drive space.
 
Old 10-02-2011, 12:07 AM   #5
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sudo /home/user/unetbootin-linux-555
Are you using a computer with Ubuntu or one of its derivatives on which to run unetbootin? I would assume so because you are using sudo.
When I use unetbootin, I simply click on the icon for it, am then prompted for the root password, enter it hit the enter key and unetbootin opens. The command above which you posted should also work.

It should not take that long to run unetbootin.


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I got a message, just after unetbootin started to copy, saying syslinux already existed and did I want to overwrite it

If you are simply trying to install only Mint on the usb, the above message is not a problem. Just overwrite it.

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There are five files on the stick resulting from the run of unetbootin. None of them has an .iso ending.
There should NOT be an iso file. There should be several folders including one named boot, another named casper, an isolinux and a preseed folder and several files. I don't have an Ubuntu disk handy to check. There should also be several files.

You should not need to mount anything. Try it again and write down exactly what happens at each step, which selection you make at each option and post back if it fails so we know what you are doing.
 
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Old 10-02-2011, 07:28 AM   #6
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I am running Linpus Linux Lite v.1.0.3.E. Came with the computer.


Here is what I just did:

double click unetbootin

got window "UNetbootin must be run as root. Close it, and re-run using either:

sudo /mnt/home/unetbootin-linux-555

or

su - -c '/mnt/home/unetbootin-linux-555'"


I clicked OK.

got window "mlabel not found. this is required for Arch Linux install mode. Install the "mtools" package or your distribution's equivalent."

I clicked OK.

I got window "7z not found. This is required for either install mode. Install the "p7zip-full" package or your distribution's equIivalent."

I clicked OK.

unetbootin came up, Drive not named, won't work.

closed unetbootin.
 
Old 10-02-2011, 12:09 PM   #7
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Did you do any of the things the dialogs told you to do? They're just information, and clicking OK won't do them, you have to do them yourself.
 
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Old 10-02-2011, 12:31 PM   #8
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Hmm. No I didn't do them. I'll do that next. I'll give them numbers:

1)

got window "UNetbootin must be run as root. Close it, and re-run using either:

sudo /mnt/home/unetbootin-linux-555

or

su - -c '/mnt/home/unetbootin-linux-555'"


2)

got window "mlabel not found. this is required for Arch Linux install mode. Install the "mtools" package or your distribution's equivalent."


3)

got window "7z not found. This is required for either install mode. Install the "p7zip-full" package or your distribution's equIivalent."


Looks like I need to do 2 and 3 before I do 1.


So, taking up 2, how do I "install the "mtools" package', and what would its equivalent be for linpus?


Then, looking ahead to take up 3, how do I "install the 'p7zip-full' package" and what would its equivalent be for linpus?
 
Old 10-02-2011, 06:25 PM   #9
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I don't know. I don't know what Linpus uses for a package manager. The Debian-type way would be
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apt-get install packagename
You should have a GUI package manager of some sort, which should do it for you. The easiest way to do this is to find a Windows computer and run the Windows version of unetbootin on it. If you can't find one, it may be a struggle to get Linpus to do it. It's very old and obsolete, and rarely used any longer. Both Acer and Asus chose to use obsolete operating systems on their netbooks, for whatever reasons. Updating Xandros isn't that hard, since it's a Debian derivative, but I have no idea where Linpus Lite comes from.
 
Old 10-02-2011, 07:33 PM   #10
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I don't know what Linpus uses for a package manager. The Debian-type way would be
Code:

apt-get install packagename

You should have a GUI package manager of some sort, which should do it for you.
I don't know how "package" is distinct from "file", so I don't know what a "package manager" would be, where I could find it, and how I would use it.

I gather, from searching, that mtools is some kind of file manipulator, and perhaps refers only to such an entity for MS-DOS, thus the need to find an equivalent for my linpus linux lite.
 
Old 10-02-2011, 07:36 PM   #11
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I am running Linpus Linux Lite v.1.0.3.E. Came with the computer.
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sudo /mnt/home/unetbootin-linux-555


In an earlier post you indicate as noted above that you are running Linpus Linux on your computer yet the command you are using show the unetbootin file in the /mnt directory. This would indicate to me that you are using some type of Live CD and are trying to run unetbootin from your Linpus hard drive. is that correct?

I'm also curious as to how Arch Linux got into the picture, from your earlier post?

If you are using a Live CD, do you actually see the unetbootin-linux-555 file in the /mnt/home directory, or is it in the /mnt/home/user directory (replace user with whatever user name you actually use.

When you enter the command above, do you get a prompt to enter the root password.
When you double click the unetbootin icon, you get a message it needs to be run as root but NO request for root password, correct?
Aare you able to actually boot from Linpus Linux? or are you using a Linux Live CD?
 
Old 10-02-2011, 07:44 PM   #12
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I'm wondering if I could get this done with a FedEx Office computer?
 
Old 10-02-2011, 08:04 PM   #13
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sudo /mnt/home/unetbootin-linux-555

was in the returned window when I attempted to run /home/user/unetbootin-linux-555. It was said there that I needed to run the above code, or the other one under it, which was:

su - -c '/mnt/home/unetbootin-linux-555'"



My computer doesn't have a cd drive. I am running linpus linux lite as the default boot, installed on the computer since I bought it.
 
Old 10-02-2011, 08:09 PM   #14
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Arch Linux came in with the second window that popped up after I tried to run /home/user/unetbootin-linux-555. It said:

mlabel not found. this is required for Arch Linux install mode. Install the "mtools" package or your distribution's equivalent."


Isn't arch another distribution name? Beats me how it came in here.
 
Old 10-02-2011, 08:13 PM   #15
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When you double click the unetbootin icon, you get a message it needs to be run as root but NO request for root password, correct?
You are correct about the password. It isn't even mentioned.
 
  


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