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Old 12-23-2009, 12:04 PM   #1
Garry | K | E
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Use UNetbootin with Ubuntu?


Hi,


I have been using Ubuntu for a few months now and am feeling like I want to try out more operating systems. I have tried OpenSUSE and Mandriva in the past but they didn't feel right for me but have heard good things about Fedora so I want to try that.

Problem is, I cannot boot from USB with my current BIOS and it's the latest version so far and I cannot boot from CD/DVD very well because I get a lot of I/O errors with the drive so I have found out about UNetbootin which can apparently download the files from the internet and create a "frugal install" or use an existing .iso to install the operating system.

I just wanted to know if anyone has anything to say about UNetbootin. It's because their website's documentation focuses on its use for Windows operating systems yet, they have Linux versions hence my confusion.


Does anybody know if this works properly with Ubuntu, is safe or can be recommended or is there anything better out there to handle this type of task?


Thank you.
 
Old 12-23-2009, 12:29 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Garry | K | E View Post
Hi,


I have been using Ubuntu for a few months now and am feeling like I want to try out more operating systems. I have tried OpenSUSE and Mandriva in the past but they didn't feel right for me but have heard good things about Fedora so I want to try that.

Problem is, I cannot boot from USB with my current BIOS and it's the latest version so far and I cannot boot from CD/DVD very well because I get a lot of I/O errors with the drive so I have found out about UNetbootin which can apparently download the files from the internet and create a "frugal install" or use an existing .iso to install the operating system.

I just wanted to know if anyone has anything to say about UNetbootin. It's because their website's documentation focuses on its use for Windows operating systems yet, they have Linux versions hence my confusion.


Does anybody know if this works properly with Ubuntu, is safe or can be recommended or is there anything better out there to handle this type of task?


Thank you.
I used Unetbootin to put Gentoo on my USB stick and install it on my Dell Mini 10v. Worked great - very convenient! I think Unetbootin was made for Ubuntu, but you can use it with any distro's installation image. Just remember to have the USB stick formatted as vfat (it usually already is) and mounted, or Unetbootin won't be able to install the iso.
 
Old 12-23-2009, 01:08 PM   #3
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You need to grab Plop bootmanager
http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager.html#download

inside there is a file namwed "plpbt.bin"

this will boot usb,usb-cdrom,etc even on pc's with no BIOS support

Unetbootin is great
just make sure before using it
that its pointed at the usb and not hd
its automatic really
it usually autodetects usb anyway

so, if your using Ubuntu thats installed to hd
just place plpbt.bin in your /boot folder
and edit menu.lst to say

Code:
title Plop
root (hdx,x)
kernel /boot/plpbt.bin
if your using 9.10 then grub2 entry for plop

Code:
menuentry "Plop Bootmanager" {
    set root=(hdx,x)
    linux16 /boot/plpbt.bin
}
anyway, its really great and

if you wanna boot many from usb post back and I'll hook you up
 
Old 12-23-2009, 01:11 PM   #4
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I think Unetbootin was made for Ubuntu, but you can use it with any distro's installation image.
UNetbootin stands for Universal Netboot Installer and is an independent project not affiliated with Ubuntu. It's already a useful tool that creates an OS on a USB stick. PCs that can only boot from USB need a tool like this. It should also get a boost as netbooks without CD/DVD drives gain acceptance.
 
  


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