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Old 01-12-2015, 03:54 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by EDDY1 View Post
You did this with unetbootin? Also was it a fat partition?
What exactly are you asking about?

My last post was a kind of self-correction, because I checked that one of my suggestions is wrong.

Yet, I can confirm two things:
  1. I have an external drive connected by USB with full system installed (no LiveCD, just a clone of regular install from my HDD, where I can add software and change every setting). Some time ago it was a flash disk, now it is an external HDD. There was no difference except better performance. Both have root partition ('/') and separate partition for /home formatted as ext3.
  2. I can boot ubuntu .iso file directly from a directory on my HDD, so I don't need to transfer it to a flash disk to start installer. Relevant GRUB menu entry was posted before.
Old 01-15-2015, 01:28 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by EDDY1 View Post
Secure boot can be disabled but you must be in the bios to do it, not the boot menu.
Also the latest command that you ran has to have an output file which is of=/dev
To be sure what /dev you're writing to run
before inserting usb, then run it again noting the change in the /dev/sdx field. Also you can't install to the drive that iso is mounted on.
Sorry EDDY1;
If only you were right! I realize what you are saying makes perfect sense to any sensible person and applies to the majority of MoBo architectures. But that just isn't the case with this ASUS M32AD. There is no way to disable "Secure Boot" even when dropped into the BIOS terminal console; one level beneath the UEFI BIOS GUID Screen(s). I've been digging into this since last October. ASUS Tech support is aware of the problem and have advised me the unit must be 'benched' and have the Megatrends "BIOS Revision: 4.6" chip swapped out to fix it. Even though I've been told this from 3 independent sources, like yourself, there is still some doubt in my mind that I'm getting the straight 'poop'. It just doesn't seem to make sense.

Assimilating all the other responses, I gather what I really need is a FD to function as a storage device. i.e., a memory stick; not a separate OS. I'm 'down with that'.

I realize that I needn't/shouldn't try to mount the FD. Poor choice of words on my part. The FD should be automatically recognized by deb when inserted; else there is a problem that can be addressed using the 'dmesg' command.

Originally Posted by Higgs
Wow. Sounds like you should copy all your files onto a new disk and get rid of the Maxtor. The new disk should be a SATA hard drive or... a USB.
Ah, I think I see what you're doing.
I have a new 1 TB HDD still in the packing box. When I get this FD issue sorted, I'll clone my deb HD to it. One thing at a time.

The USB should be in FAT32 format. At least, that worked for me.
Using this command?
mkdosfs -F 32 -I /dev/sdc1
/dev# blkid
/dev/sda2: UUID="ba8c200b-6266-4d44-a670-d3cbc4e23ce1" TYPE="swap" 
/dev/sda1: LABEL="Local Disk" UUID="bf1bc5b8-6c03-459b-a77c-9858e6ceb0ca" SEC_TYPE="ext2" TYPE="ext3" 
/dev/sda5: UUID="47500a15-0eaf-4b05-8bd9-fe9c941b9354" SEC_TYPE="ext2" TYPE="ext3" 
/dev/sdb1: UUID="58B42958B42939C0" TYPE="ntfs" LABEL="Windows RE tools" 
/dev/sdb2: LABEL="SYSTEM" UUID="722B-CCB8" TYPE="vfat" 
/dev/sdb4: LABEL="Windows" UUID="2E5A7BAC5A7B6F87" TYPE="ntfs" 
/dev/sdb5: LABEL="Data" UUID="204C7CCB4C7C9D6A" TYPE="ntfs" 
/dev/sdb6: LABEL="Recovery image" UUID="5E783140783117EB" TYPE="ntfs" 
/dev/sda3: UUID="5a0d08c0-b556-423b-b368-582cca648577" TYPE="ext3" 
/dev/sdc1: UUID="ADDD-5D21" TYPE="vfat"
Originally Posted by Higgs
If you're in a debian distro, then you need to open a terminal.
You need to be in the same directory where the iso file is.
Then run the dd command.
I downloaded
raw CD image (application/x-cd-image)
33.9 MB (33,931,264 bytes)




So you're suggesting I run:

# dd if=/home/rooster/Downloads/mini.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=4096;sync
I just don't want to end up trying to install the thing from within the sdc disk again.

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Old 01-15-2015, 11:54 PM   #33
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Well with that in mind there are a few distros that bought the microsoft secure boot keys 1 is ubuntu.

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Old 01-16-2015, 01:54 AM   #34
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As I said:
Originally Posted by Head_on_a_Stick View Post
I have encountered this ASUS Secure Boot lockout before.

The only solution is to use Ubuntu, Fedora or openSUSE (these will boot up with Secure Boot enabled) to install a small system on your attached hard drive, then boot up the Debian installer by creating a GRUB menu entry for the Debian .iso stored on the Ubuntu/Fedora/openSUSE partition* and install Debian without a bootloader, boot up Ubuntu/Fedora/openSUSE and run `update-grub` to generate a GRUB menu entry that will boot up with Secure Boot enabled.

Old 01-16-2015, 05:36 AM   #35
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Originally Posted by r00ster View Post

So you're suggesting I run:

dd if=/home/rooster/Downloads/mini.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=4096;sync
I'm not familiar with 'bs=4096;sync', I didn't use it.
Apart from that, the command should work.

Although it's not a 'live' iso hybrid - you can try it. The mini.iso is called a 'basic system' on debian - I hope it's not too basic!
After the command, set your mobo to run from USB and see what happens.


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