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Discussion in 'Computers & IT' started by Prinny, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. Prinny

    Prinny Resident Linux Nutcase
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    So, bit of a perplexing problem here.

    As usual, I get bored of operating systems, and was hopping back to another distro as usual.

    Anyway, to make a short story long, I'm not sure if my USB drive is fried, or what's going on here.

    Basically, I downloaded said ISO (Debian spin, Snowlinux 3.1) and I used my usual unetbootin on my Windows partition to write it to a flash drive. It sees my drive, and succeeds. Huzzah, right?

    Wrong.

    What I then do is reboot, press F9 to boot from USB....and bam, boots into windows.

    Okayyy. So I thought it was my computer. Plugged it up into another PC, F12 for startup order....Bam...Windows.

    Weird.

    So that being said, I tried an 8GB SD Card. Start up order....bam...windows.

    Hmm. I'm a bit perplexed by this...

    Any of you PC Guru's have any thoughts/suggestions? I've formatted both the SD card, and the flash drive multiple times. Tried FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS. Just to say that I tried everything.

    Any thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated!
     

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  2. Speed Daemon

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    Where is Windows coming from? Do both computers still have Windows installed?

    Have you tried flashing a fresh image onto the USB drive?
     
  3. argedion

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    also check to make sure you still have boot flag on the usb drives if its not there then they wont boot up.
     
  4. SUroot

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    unetbootin has never worked for me consistently. Hardly ever do my USB's remain bootable.

    I much prefer using YUMI from pendrivelinux. Try that...
     
  5. argedion

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    yummi thanks for the heads up :)

    if that doesnt work for you go command line and use dd

    dd if=/path/to/iso of=/dev/usbdevice

    WARNING
    Make sure that the usbdevice is the one you want to have the image on as dd will eliminate all data on the device.
     
  6. Prinny

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    Yeah, I almost ALWAYS use the dd command. It's just better than unetbootin, I feel.

    Anyway, I think it's just my flash drive. Which is weird, because it works as a storage medium, but not as a bootable drive anymore. I didn't remove any boot flags, so who knows.

    Got a new 8gb one on clearance at Walgreens for $4. So I can't complain.

    Thanks for the answers, though, everyone!
     
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  7. justintimber

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    If you are not able to boot from USB suddenly then check your system
     
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  9. Speed Daemon

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    Hmmm...dd is convenient, but I wish I had something that let me choose between multiple ISO images. Anybody know of a utility that can do that? It looks like most use a DOS environment and something like SYSLINUX to load the ISO image. Does anyone know if the config files can be edited to use menus?

    I have this tiny little 32GB USB drive that could hold all of my utility ISOs and a few full OS installs as well. I want that!!!!
     
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  10. SUroot

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    Did you try a different port?
     
  13. SUroot

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    Maybe you haven't drunk quite enough WINE today?

    ;)
     
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    Thanks for reading post 1 in full ;)
     
  15. Grouch

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    I take this to mean that your flash and usb ports are separate. I use a usb flash adapter myself.

    Anyways, see if there is a BIOS update.
     
  16. SUroot

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    He tried it on another computer. Undoubtedly that rules out the USB port
     
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  19. SUroot

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    Yeah plop is great. I actually put it on yumi as a boot-to-cd option
     

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