Originally Posted by captain_sensible
now then on the usb :
root[andrew]# fdisk /dev/sdb1 parted -l
Two different disk partitioning utilities in the same line sounds like a recipe for conflict to me (yes, I know that parted is only being used to display the partition info).
You appear to be mixed up between drives and partitions. /dev/sdb
is the driver for the memory stick (drive) while /dev/sdb1
etc are the partitions on that drive. To "fdisk" the memory stick, use fdisk /dev/sdb
. To mount a partition use mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt
You would need to examine the files on the memory stick to see what the "vmlinuz" file is on the stick and also if an "initrd" is used.
Of course, you might just be doing all this the hard way. If "sugar on a stick" is a live distro then it is possible that your memory stick has been formatted in such a way that it is bootable. Set up your PC so that it boots off a memory stick first (if one is present). Then you can boot "sugar on a stick" just by putting the stick in the PC and not change any of your PC configurations.