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Old 10-30-2009, 03:21 AM   #1
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Install from USB from the iso file


hi,

I am installing archlinux, so I have downloaded the iso file

archlinux-2009.02-core-i686.iso

I could install arch linux by burning the iso file to cd

But now one of my friends want to install arch but through USB, because his CPU doesnt have CDROM

I dont want to again download the .img file for USB boot since its another 300 MB.

Can anyone suggest how can I convert the .iso to .img file and install through USB stick.
 
Old 10-30-2009, 04:05 AM   #2
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Use the application called Unetbootin to put the iso on a USB stick.
 
Old 10-30-2009, 04:07 AM   #3
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Here is the link for unetbootin.
 
Old 10-30-2009, 04:39 AM   #4
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If you have access to an Ubuntu machine, go to System > Administration > USB Startup Disk Creator. It will do what you need.

If not, use Unetbootin, or you could also google how to do it with lots of command line magic, but there are graphical tools that do it too.

Regards

James
 
Old 11-01-2009, 08:25 AM   #5
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I tried Unetbootin some time back for Mandriva but what I got on booting in through USB was a Unetbootin screen which said , automatic boot after 10s , which by the way never happens , so I was quite frustrated and I had to try other methods to do it, https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...n/FromUSBStick , I tried this one which worked well for me, only one problem when I boot in for Kubuntu my gui is whole messed up , you can't find a single thing , I don't know what the problem was , looking for solutions.
Please Help.
 
Old 11-02-2009, 01:42 PM   #6
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Hi

In the thread you gave in your post above, it also talks about Ubuntu's own startup disk creator, which I have used successfully in the past. It's nice and simple and you can use either a disc in the drive or an ISO for a nice bootable system.

Find it under

System > Administration > USB Startup Disk Creator

At least in Gnome anyway

I hope this helps

James

Ps. if not, just AAsk :P
 
Old 11-03-2009, 01:33 AM   #7
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But will it work for any other distro then UBuntu

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Hi

In the thread you gave in your post above, it also talks about Ubuntu's own startup disk creator, which I have used successfully in the past. It's nice and simple and you can use either a disc in the drive or an ISO for a nice bootable system.

Find it under

System > Administration > USB Startup Disk Creator

At least in Gnome anyway

I hope this helps

James

Ps. if not, just AAsk :P
 
Old 11-03-2009, 02:59 AM   #8
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No. It will create the startup USB for Ubuntu. For other distributions use Unetbootin as suggested above. Use my post#3 to download the package.
 
Old 11-03-2009, 03:04 AM   #9
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No. It will create the startup USB for Ubuntu. For other distributions use Unetbootin as suggested above. Use my post#3 to download the package.
I have used the Unetbootin and using the ISO i have create the Bootable USB stick. Even after enabling boot from USB the computer doesnot boot from the USB.

Is there any problem with USB or the computer.

And also I have another new laptop Sony Vaio. But in the bios i dont the option for boot from USB. How to get about it.

Regards
Santhosh
 
Old 11-03-2009, 03:13 AM   #10
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Quote:
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I have used the Unetbootin and using the ISO i have create the Bootable USB stick. Even after enabling boot from USB the computer doesnot boot from the USB.

Is there any problem with USB or the computer.

And also I have another new laptop Sony Vaio. But in the bios i dont the option for boot from USB. How to get about it.

Regards
Santhosh
to boot from a usb stick you need to go into your bios and set the boot sequence like

Example
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USB
HDD
Cd/dvd
floppy

You want the USB to be first so when it goes to boot it checks all your usb information for something that is bootable and if nothing it moves on to the HDD.

If your laptop don't have this option or you may need to update your bios (Only do this if you know what your doing) for USB support. You may have to install with CD/DVD.
 
Old 11-03-2009, 03:33 AM   #11
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You dont have to use Ubuntu... But if you put a live distro on the USB key, you can install Arch with a chroot. This is the way I have been doing my Arch installs. Though I would scrap all previous advice and follow this official guide to get Arch installed...

http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/...from_USB_stick

Unfortunately you'll have to re-download the image.

Last edited by manwithaplan; 11-03-2009 at 03:34 AM.
 
Old 11-03-2009, 05:02 AM   #12
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If you are unable to create bootable USB stick from your iso file, allow Unetbootin to do it. Instead of selecting your iso file, select the distribution and allow unetbootin to do everything else.
 
Old 11-04-2009, 10:12 AM   #13
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If you are unable to create bootable USB stick from your iso file, allow Unetbootin to do it. Instead of selecting your iso file, select the distribution and allow unetbootin to do everything else.
Does unetbootin download an image automatically, or can it also create an image from an installed system?

James
 
Old 11-04-2009, 11:00 PM   #14
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It can download the image if I am not wrong. You do not need the iso to create bootable usb stick. Unetbootin will do it for you.
 
Old 11-05-2009, 01:21 PM   #15
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It can download the image if I am not wrong. You do not need the iso to create bootable usb stick. Unetbootin will do it for you.
Sounds very handy indeed. I may try it for testing out other distros than Ubuntu.

James
 
  


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