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Old 03-24-2013, 08:48 PM   #1
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Trying to boot from USB with persistence | Having Issues


So, this is a long story so here I go. (I'd also like to point out, I'm a Linux noob)

I've been in the process of trying to teach myself Linux for a long while now, as I would like to eventually fully switch over from Microsoft.

My only major hang-up, is that I play a few games that won't work (as far as I know) with Wine. I'll get into that in another thread though.

****** Here is my Issue ******

I have an older laptop that is in really bad shape. The stock internal HDD went bad a while back, and the monitor is cracked so badly, you can't see anything on the screen. I plan on using this laptop on my TV to watch videos, and surf (I guess like a Media Center).

I have a little 2 GB SanDisk Cruzer USB 2.0 flash drive that I want to install Linux on. I want to set up the remaining space for persistence.

I have tried SEVERAL times to make this work using unetbootin and LiLi. Both times, it will install just fine, and work on the laptop, but not on ANY other computer I try to use it in afterwards. Also, if I try another computer, and then go back to the laptop, it wont work there either. That was with Ubuntu.

I tried Cinnamon (Linux Mint) and as far as I can tell, will boot up but I can't change it to the TV as the main monitor, it does extended desktop, so I can't see anything or make changes. Can't right click either.

Am I doing something wrong, or is there a much more viable way of doing what I'm attempting? Maybe a better distro you all recommend?

All I need it for is to watch Netflix, surf the web, watch videos from another flash drive etc.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 03-24-2013, 10:10 PM   #2
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I have a little 2 GB SanDisk Cruzer USB 2.0 flash drive that I want to install Linux on. I want to set up the remaining space for persistence.
You won't be able to 'install' Ubuntu or Mint to a 2GB flash drive. They both need about 5GB for a minimum install. You can put either on the flash drive as a 'Live CD' and have about 1GB which can be used for persistence. A Live CD is read only and no settings will be saved on reboot. How did you 'install'? Did you use something like unetbootin or pendrivelinux?

You could take a look at the site below for a smaller Linux designed strictly for multimedia:

http://www.geexbox.org/
 
Old 03-24-2013, 10:31 PM   #3
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I used Linux Live USB Creator (LiLi) and unetbootin.

Both Ubuntu, and Mint were around 800Mb
 
Old 03-25-2013, 07:16 AM   #4
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How new are the other computers? Do they use EFI? From what I can tell most of these Linux Live USB stick creators do not install the necessary files for EFI. UNetBootin is one that did not, last time I used it. PenDrive Linux does not either, again, last I used it.

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Old 03-25-2013, 11:18 AM   #5
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Both Ubuntu, and Mint were around 800Mb
OK. So you have a Live CD on a flash drive. Have you seen the link below. I haven't tried it and there is no date so...?

http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/diskimg/readme.txt

Ubuntu wiki below if you haven't seen it?

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LiveUsbPendrivePersistent
 
Old 03-25-2013, 01:14 PM   #6
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Get a distro that's actually intended to run from a USB stick: Puppy would be a good choice. If the laptop is fairly old, get Wary Puppy.
 
Old 03-25-2013, 08:20 PM   #7
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I have a few other flash drives.

I have a 4GB, and a 16GB that I could format for this purpose.

Is it far superior to do a full install instead of a Live CD with persistence?


Also, the computers I'd like it to work on are as follows (in order of importance):
Toshiba Satellite Laptop - Windows Vista era x86
Self Built i5 running Win7 x64
Self Built i3 running Win7 x64
HP Netbook (Brand New) running Win7 (I think it has an Atom processor x86)

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Old 03-25-2013, 09:40 PM   #8
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"Is it far superior to do a full install instead of a Live CD with persistence?"

Only in the sense that you would be able to do updates to the OS. A persistence can't replace all features of a real install.

A live type install tends to save a lot of space on smaller flash drives. A cheap 16G ought to be fine for most people's use on a real install. An 8G flash would be better for live installs.
A small distro might work on the 4G with persistence. Well, I have some 256 M flash drives that have a small OS on them. Even a 128m had one on it.

I suspect the systems should work. You have to understand that no distro can support all hardware (yet). One or more may have some issues that may be difficult to fix.
 
  


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