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Old 04-12-2012, 09:59 PM   #1
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Linux distro: debian 6.0 need advice


I am trying to install debian from usb but constantly get bombarded with:
cd rom does not contain valid release file.

Isn't it suppose to skip cd install and recognise the usb instead, i downloaded a copy from Debian site, used ubootin to mount file on usb, i cant use ubootn-linux on puppy since struggles read external 3rd party devices like usb so i used ubootn windows based and it mounted flawlessly on 3rd party windows pc, since my current pc's using puppy linux it tends to encounter problems reading usb sub-directories in ubootin.

Any hows, am i missing file extension? or something.

Debian installer menu, it first goes through the A'S and B's languages and then reads optical drive but between then searches directory for pool files-extensions only brings back consistent error.

I can't use ubantu right now since it struggles to recognise my hard-drive and skips it as windows doesn't but if i had windows installed chances installing ubantu woud be better. i think puppy uses less but it's just mind boggling how well puppy works on installation wow.

All i wanna know is: how do i get around this problem. and yes iv'e searched around net but what others did isn't working for me.

Just try my luck here as im trying my luck on other linux sites .

Hope to get idea from some one.

Plus bonus smiley face.

Ah dam i need copy windows this is ridicules.

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Old 04-13-2012, 02:15 AM   #2
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Hi,

I've had the same problem once some time ago and it took me some time to find out how to 'bypass' that error. The problem seems to be that the installer doesn't detect the install medium correctly. Do you get up to the part of the partitioning scheme or not? That's where I got stuck and the trick I used is to 'unplug' the USB right before the partitioning and plug it in again right after. If you get stuck right after boot and don't even get to the partitioning part of the installation then something might have been wrong with your image. Which version (CD/DVD/Netinstall/...) did you download and put on the USB drive? Did you check the downloaded image (md5sum)?

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Old 04-13-2012, 07:34 AM   #3
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The simple solution to this problem is to not use unetbootin. Just write the image file directly to the USB. Something like
Code:
dd if=/PATH/TO/ISO-FILE of=/dev/sdb bs=4M
Assuming that /dev/sdb is your USB device, if not you have to adapt that.
 
Old 04-16-2012, 05:20 AM   #4
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The simple solution to this problem is to not use unetbootin. Just write the image file directly to the USB. Something like
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dd if=/PATH/TO/ISO-FILE of=/dev/sdb bs=4M
Assuming that /dev/sdb is your USB device, if not you have to adapt that.
Your right unetbootins useless, can you go in to little more details on how i would come across installing image manually. i doubt that will be simple solution above will work
 
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i doubt that will be simple solution above will work
Believe me, it will work. Debian delivers its images (since Debian 6/Squeeze) as so called iso-hybrid images. That means that they can be directly written to an USB drive.
 
  


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