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Old 01-09-2016, 01:36 PM   #1
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Lubuntu on flash drive


I have installed Lubuntu 14.10.3 on a 8Gb flash drive.
This done with universal installer.
My computer is a 160Gb HDD with 2 Gb RAM.
The problem now is when its loaded up the writing on the screen is unreadable its gobbledy-gook. Hovering the mouse pointer over icons and writing makes it get worse.
Any suggestions please.
 
Old 01-09-2016, 01:55 PM   #2
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It sounds like the install went successfully correct?

Are you able to boot into text mode or runlevel3 to try and troubleshoot?
 
Old 01-09-2016, 03:06 PM   #3
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you have to boot into recovery mode or text mode.

then, enter this command:
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lspci -k
and post its output here.

right, that's not going to be so easy.

so, try this instead:
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lspci -k > ~/system.specs
now you have a file containing the info we need.
it is most probably in /root/system.specs, possibly also in /home/<your_username>/system.specs.

paste and post that information here.
 
Old 01-10-2016, 02:18 PM   #4
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How do I boot into text / recovery mode?

Thank you all.
 
Old 01-10-2016, 03:48 PM   #5
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on the linux/kernel line at the the grub prompt add init 3.
Was this working at first? With 8G for lubuntu the partition might be full or close to it.
 
Old 01-11-2016, 11:02 AM   #6
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Hi there CP.
No it has never worked 100 percent with this 8Gb flash, I only did it on Sunday.
Do you suggest a larger flash key, or how about inserting another key as virtual memory or does this only apply to Windows anyhow? I think it is using all or most of its capacity left 4Gb.

Last edited by pianoforte361; 01-11-2016 at 11:06 AM. Reason: addition info.
 
Old 01-11-2016, 05:53 PM   #7
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If we do assume the install was fully 100% correct then I'd go to video. My guess is you need to use frame buffer or vesa. Since this is a live to usb deal there may be some issues that don't work as planned to correct it. You can't easily manage this live install as well as one could with a real install. 8G kind of tight but you could install it normally.

Anyway I'd boot to a different video or may be see if you can try nomodeset.
 
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:23 AM   #8
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so you actually installed lubuntu onto a flash drive?
i mean, not creating a live usb bootable medium, but actually made a full install to a 8GB usb drive?
how did you do it? did you use some howto or instructions from the internet? links please?

puppy linux is sort of meant to work like this, but i think *buntu will require some extra steps.

in any case, we need that output i requested. sounds like a graphic driver issue.

you might also want to take a look at how your usb drive is partitioned now, and how much is in use:
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sudo fdisk -l
 
Old 01-12-2016, 04:34 PM   #9
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OP writes, "This done with universal installer". I assume a live to usb program.
 
Old 01-12-2016, 07:02 PM   #10
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You used UUI to install a Live CD of Lubuntu on a flash drive. What difference does it make how large your hard drive is? You haven't mentioned anything about installing Lubuntu to another drive, is that what you plan to do? I suppose the problems you mention could be related to the graphics card but if you are using a Live CD, making any changes would be pointless as the changes would be lost on reboot. You might be able to resolve this on an actual install.

Installing Lubuntu or any other Linux system to a flash drive isn't any different than installing to a hard drive.
 
Old 01-14-2016, 01:24 PM   #11
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Hi there I have installed Lubuntu on a flash drive [8Gb] not the HDD.
I feel it is struggling to cope. Can't read the graphics to do much with it.
May be its not installed itself right?
It looks like I am wasting my time with this and I need to start from the beginning with larger capacity flash to be on the safe side.
Thank you all for the valuable info. you all sent me.
Thank you.
 
Old 01-14-2016, 02:35 PM   #12
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If you used the universal usb installer to create a bootable flash drive and then use that to do an actual install of Lubuntu onto another 8GB flash drive it could work. 8GB is pretty small and you won't be able to add much to it. The problems you indicate seem to be related to a graphics driver. You should have an option somewhere in the Control Center or Software Center to install "Additional Drivers'. I don't use Lubuntu so can't give any further details.
 
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Old 01-14-2016, 08:48 PM   #13
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I think you need to catch the boot process to change the video settings.

Many live cd's have some form of cheatsheats codes. But you have to be able to catch the boot process where the loader is. It's a bit easier in Grub loader but most live cd's have syslinux.
 
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Old 01-15-2016, 12:26 AM   #14
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i think pianoforte361 does not understand the difference between a bootable live medium and an actual install.

pianoforte361, why do you need to run lubuntu from a usb? wouldn't it be much better to actually install it to your hard drive?
you will never get super performance running it from usb.
additionally, it seems you are just running the live session, so any changes you make won't stick.
there are ways to install lubuntu to a usb stick; you'd basically need another unused usb stick and tell the installer on the first stick to install it to the second stick.
confused yet?

puppy linux, otoh, is meant to run from a usb stick.
 
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