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Old 03-08-2018, 07:29 PM   #1
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USB 'drive' types? I need a bootable Linux Mint disk

So, I got a new computer. Yay. One problem though. There's UEFI vs BIOS boot options. And to make matters worse apparently there are different 'kinds' of USB storage.

I say different kinds b/c although I have a USB storage device I can write files to in Windows 10, the laptop backup image software won't write to it. Yet it will write to other USB storage devices I have.

I have tried using rufus to burn the linux mint ISO using DD but that didn't work. I've used parted to reset the device so windows will use it.

But I'm still at a loss. I can't get the system to boot from the USB. I've checked in the BIOS and it's set to boot 1. USB/CD 2. USB/hard disk 3. My windows HDD.

I need to dump the windows and put linux on this laptop b/c honestly I still just don't like the 'feel' of windows. I got too used to linux and the freedom it offers.

But for the life of me I can't get this freaking USB stick to burn & boot.

Any pointers?
Old 03-08-2018, 07:44 PM   #2
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Try loading E2B (Easy 2 Boot) on a ub device, then copy your ISO files for mint into the linux folder. This can then boot the images for installation. (At least, this worked for me. I use it to carry multiple different versions of Linux including two of Mint on my keychain.)
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That is certainly an odd problem but it is a very confusing situation also from lack of details. So are you setting to UEFI or Legacy BIOS?. What brand and model laptop? What brand and model USB drive? What Linux are you using to attempt DD or are you running Rufus from Win10? or have you tried both?

As I suspect you're running Rufus from Win10, this might help

--- Recover from Rufus failure ---
Old 03-14-2018, 09:32 PM   #4
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OK... I have figured it out.

There are USB sticks that identify as 'removable media' and ones that id as 'fixed disks'. I think the non-booting issue was b/c I used DD instead of the normal burn option with Rufus.

That explains the weird behavior. This got me a bootable USB:

1. Downloaded the Linux Mint ISO (yay! my fav't os ever - Ineed to send them money)
2. Download rufus-2.18
3. On my Win 10 / patched machine run rufus & burn to the FIXED DISK USB without the DD option.
4. F11 (on my MSI laptop) and boot from the UEFI USB.

Yay! This weekend I'm going to shrink up part of the non-SSD storage portion of my machine and get my beloved Mint/Cinnamon back. With the full date & seconds on the clock on the bottom right. Weather on the task bar, Code::Blocks, a handfull of linux games that work on Steam, and of course Stockfish Chess engine & Scid for displaying the board... 8) I am of the opinion Chess is the greatest of all games so I use Stockfish to analyze my games.



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