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Old 02-11-2015, 08:46 AM   #16
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Thank you all for taking the time to address my question. Your feedback and suggestions have been exactly the type of answers I was hoping for. I am going to do the "try them all" option, among the distros suggested here. You are all amazing folks so willing to share your knowledge and experience with PC fenceposts like myself, and I am truly appreciative.
Thank you and Cheers!!!
 
Old 02-11-2015, 10:42 PM   #17
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Bardicdruid,
Downloaded PCLinuxOS via Unetbootin and first installed the live version and then a permanent install. Unfortunately, in both installs, when exiting I get a INIT: no more processes left in this runlevel" and the PC freezes up. Have to pull the plug to turn it off. I did Google solutions to this, but what I found involved code entries and modifications that I simply have no knowledge of. Wouldn't even know where to begin actually. The people posting about this issue all appear to be programmer types. Unable to relate to most of what they are referring to. This looked like a good distro for my purposes too. I'll try another download with Unetbootin just in case something went wrong there. Just a heads up to let you know I appreciate your input, no matter how it turns out on my end! :-)))
Cheers
 
Old 02-12-2015, 07:34 AM   #18
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Do not use UNETBOOTIN !!!
 
Old 02-12-2015, 12:10 PM   #19
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Do not use UNETBOOTIN !!!
How about a why, instead of just a statement.

I don't download with Unetbootin, because I like to download to a directory in my systems and verify the MD sums. I do however use Unetbootin for writing to a USB/SD key, because it is simple and cross platform and I typically use it to show someone how, while getting them a stick to try.
 
Old 02-12-2015, 12:46 PM   #20
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https://bipedu.wordpress.com/2013/06...th-dd-command/

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live USB linux with dd command

I use linux most of the time and from time to time I want to test a new distro. The easy way to try a new distro is to use the USB stick. The CD is outdated and the DVD is expensive.

There are many ways to make a live bootable USB but I want to show the easiest one. All you need is the ISO file and any linux machine. Any Unix OS should be fine but I did not tested.

So no special software is required.

First you have to download the ISO for the distro you want to try. For example Mint, Debian , Ubuntu, etc…etc…

Then open a terminal and use dd command to transfer the ISO image to the USB stick.

For this you need the root privileges. You can become root with su or you can use sudo in front of the command.

So in terminal type (first read this post till end !):

sudo dd if=/path/to/linuxdistro.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=4M ; sync

That’s it ! Now the ISO image is copied on the USB stick and you can boot from it.

Details about the command:

sudo = to get super user privileges, if not then you have to become root first with su command

dd = command to copy to disk

if=/path/file = select the input file, in this case the ISO file.

of = the destination of the copy

/dev/sdb = your USB device. First check what is the name of your USB stick. You can plug the stick and check it with df command. Do not use any number after sdx since the dd must transfer the ISO file to the disk and not to the partition !

bs=4M = it means to copy up to 4MB at a time – it is optional but it optimize the transfer

sync = optional for the linux OS to flash the buffers

For more info about dd or sync commands please use man from terminal:

man dd

and / or:

man sync

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Old 02-12-2015, 01:03 PM   #21
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I've used Unetbootin countless times. There is no reason someone can't use it.
 
Old 02-12-2015, 01:27 PM   #22
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Just a cautionary suggestion to gdokoupil. You can take it or leave it.

I tend to avoid one liner and click bait link absolute suggestions made with a explanation point. With nothing else brought to the table but passionate one liners like a rabid animal foaming at the mouth.

Because it can cause damage and harm to ones gear.

But to each their own.

Last edited by rokytnji; 02-12-2015 at 01:29 PM.
 
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Old 02-12-2015, 04:01 PM   #23
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Stop shouting. And put quotes in quote tags, not in code tags.
 
Old 02-12-2015, 09:16 PM   #24
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what ever suits you
 
Old 02-13-2015, 12:23 AM   #25
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Quote:
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Bardicdruid,
Downloaded PCLinuxOS via Unetbootin and first installed the live version and then a permanent install. Unfortunately, in both installs, when exiting I get a INIT: no more processes left in this runlevel" and the PC freezes up. Have to pull the plug to turn it off. I did Google solutions to this, but what I found involved code entries and modifications that I simply have no knowledge of. Wouldn't even know where to begin actually. The people posting about this issue all appear to be programmer types. Unable to relate to most of what they are referring to. This looked like a good distro for my purposes too. I'll try another download with Unetbootin just in case something went wrong there. Just a heads up to let you know I appreciate your input, no matter how it turns out on my end! :-)))
Cheers
Download an ISO from the PCLinuxOS site and burn a DVD, if you can't then use unetbootin to create a bootable USB using the ISO you downloaded.
 
Old 02-13-2015, 03:40 PM   #26
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Woah dude, take some deep breaths and a chill pill...

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Stop shouting. And put quotes in quote tags, not in code tags
 
Old 02-14-2015, 03:46 PM   #27
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Woah dude, take some deep breaths and a chill pill...

Congrats on learning the quote tag. I had to go back and reread your post, as I saw code and thought you had failed to answer the question, just threw code out there. Unetbootin and dd are both tools that are usefull. I find Unetbootin an easier one to use to teach those GUI only using people (not computer literate, for example, Mom), how to do something and ease them into things, (lead them to water) rather then throwing them in the deep end. Not sure why you think he needed to take a chill pill, as his suggestions were meant to make you understand how to deal with people more easily.
This is just one example of the Choice Linux provides users.
 
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Old 02-14-2015, 03:50 PM   #28
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Woah dude, take some deep breaths and a chill pill...
Chill? Me? I'm like an iceberg.
 
  


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