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Old 09-12-2013, 12:40 PM   #1
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USB sticks , check bootability of on command line.


Hello,

Is there a way of checking on the command line if a usb stick is bootable?
I ask this bacause I recently bought one that will not accept an operating
system.

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Old 09-12-2013, 12:54 PM   #2
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Can you explain how you attempted to install the iso image on your usb stick. Can you explain what you did to come to the conclusion that the stick "will not accept an operating
system.".
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:13 PM   #3
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USB sticks , check bootability of on command line.

Hi jdkaye

I ran gparted on the stick,created a fat32 partition,gave it a label,put on a boot flag,
downloaded a distro,checked md5 sum, burnt a cd, ran md5sum on the cd,put it onto Unetbootin
and made some persistence(it WAS ubuntu based).No joy!

lwv962.

PS. The stick is a SanDisk cruzer blade. I think there is some kind of "windows" protection on it !

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Old 09-12-2013, 01:32 PM   #4
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Hi lwv962,
Any reason why you used a fat32 fs on the partition? That seems strange.
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:24 PM   #5
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USB sticks , check bootability of on command line.

jdkaye
Hi,

I believe that is what Unetbootin demands,anyway I've always used
fat32 for a stick.But as I put in my PS.this stick acts differently
from other sticks:it is readable and writeable until it comes to
installation. I'm just looking for a command line command to let me
know in future if I'm given a stick if can take an installation.
 
Old 09-12-2013, 03:40 PM   #6
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The only way I know of would be to boot it with qemu.

I'd see if you can't get HP's usb tools. They have fixed a few. Sometimes syslinux fixes it.


There may be other reasons it can't boot such as size or where /boot is.
 
Old 09-12-2013, 08:32 PM   #7
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Did you Delete all current partitions before creating new partition and how big of a partition? What do you mean by
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made some persistence

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