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Old 11-14-2008, 07:29 AM   #1
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Unhappy SUSE 11 USB boot problems


Hey,

This may be a really stupid question, if so-sorry. I am studying Linux in my degree and have to use a USB with Suse 11 installed. I installed the OS on a Play.com 8GB USB pen drive without a hard drive on the system so it wouldn't install to a specific PC. I installed it on a class PC and initially it worked perfectly fine. Gave it a try on my laptop at home, works fine. After this in my next class my USB wouldn't load on the PC I installed it on! It states the drive may have a faulty or damaged boot partition. I tried the drive at home a few days later on my laptop again, works fine still. I then tried it again today in my Linux class and it said the same thing again, even when using a different PC!

Any help would be great.

Cheers
 
Old 11-14-2008, 08:06 AM   #2
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Hey,

This may be a really stupid question, if so-sorry. I am studying Linux in my degree and have to use a USB with Suse 11 installed. I installed the OS on a Play.com 8GB USB pen drive without a hard drive on the system so it wouldn't install to a specific PC. I installed it on a class PC and initially it worked perfectly fine. Gave it a try on my laptop at home, works fine. After this in my next class my USB wouldn't load on the PC I installed it on! It states the drive may have a faulty or damaged boot partition. I tried the drive at home a few days later on my laptop again, works fine still. I then tried it again today in my Linux class and it said the same thing again, even when using a different PC!

Any help would be great.

Cheers
Saying something about the hardware would be great, too.

First thing I'd check in your situation, would be to ask the teacher if they've changed anything on those PC's.
 
Old 11-14-2008, 08:17 AM   #3
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I spoke to my teacher and he has no clue as to why this has happened. The class PCs are Dell, P4 CPU, 512MB RAM, Windows XP, they are under the deep freeze program if that's any help. My laptop is a Compaq, Dual core 1.7Ghz each, 1GB RAM, Windows Vista, no software affecting the boot process.

Hope this is some help.
 
Old 11-14-2008, 12:05 PM   #4
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I spoke to my teacher and he has no clue as to why this has happened. The class PCs are Dell, P4 CPU, 512MB RAM, Windows XP, they are under the deep freeze program if that's any help. My laptop is a Compaq, Dual core 1.7Ghz each, 1GB RAM, Windows Vista, no software affecting the boot process.

Hope this is some help.
One of the features is disabling permanent changes, and probably disabling boot options from USB, too. It's to keep folks from overwriting a config, changing Windows, or otherwise compromising the system.

Try disabling it, and see if that works.
 
Old 11-21-2008, 07:13 AM   #5
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I have tried this and there is no success. We have a new boot system now anyway so I will be formatting the pen drive now.

Thanks for your help.
 
  


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