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Old 08-17-2017, 08:35 PM   #1
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Cannot Boot Debian 9.1.0 (amd64) from USB on Mint 18.2 Sonya

Formatted Sandisk USB 3.0 stick using USB Stick Formatter and transferred the ISO (from using USB Image Writer (both Sonya stock programs). Everything went perfectly. My PC is a Intel NUC.

However, when I boot with USB in, it does what Linux always does; it recognizes the ISO and will launch the splash page of whatever Distro it has on it, only in this one case, there are no "run" options, only install.

I have always burned Linux Distros to a CD, but this package was too large to do so. The CD method has always offered the option to run from CD; a method I recommend doing, since it can be installed after it's running from the CD (should one like it and decide to keep it). This is my first time trying to test-run a Distro from a USB stick. Any advise?

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Unless you get a Debian live, I think they are just install images. Many of the other distros offer theirs in a live installer try it deal. What exactly did you download?

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Note that support for Debian Live is spotty compared to the standard installer. Apparently the fundamental problem is that no one uses Debian Live in Testing/Sid, so they have a lot of uncaught bugs when released on Stable.

To avoid any problems with Debian Live, it would be better to use the standard installer instead. It does not offer any "live" option. You use it to install onto one or more drives. However, you can use it to install onto a second USB thumbstick if you want. It's just like an internal hard drive install, just on a USB thumbstick instead. But the Debian installer sees it just like any other drive.

I have several such Debian installs on USB thumbsticks.
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Smile Doh!

jefro: Thanks for the quick reply and the welcome. It was nearly a month ago when I extracted the ISO from Debian, but clicking on your provided link, did lead me to this page:

There, it gives a clear option for (either) downloading image or try Debian live. I did not see this page; I clicked on the "Download Debian 9.1" directly from the right-side-top banner of its home page:
IsaacKuo: Thanks also! Since I do not want to download it yet until I can play with it for awhile, I am going to try as you suggested, and keep Mint 18.2 Sonya my primary (SSD) Distro for a bit longer. So if you do not mind, and knowing what I'm working with now (equipment, programs, etc), care to offer a quick how-to? Other future seekers who keyword search and land here, would also appreciate the conversation (the assurance mostly, for us Linux newbies).
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Helpful Debian Links
Beginner's Guide

Tips: One hard drive = sda
Mint will pick it up when update-grub is from a Booted Mint installation after the installation and reboot of the secondary OS.


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