Mint 13 xfce as Live USB (SOLVED)

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Mint 13 xfce as Live USB (SOLVED)

Postby Meteor on Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:05 pm

I have Mint xfce 13 RC on a Live DVD but need to transfer it to a USB to install it on another computer that has an inoperable DVD drive. The only information for transferring the .iso files to a USB that I've found were from Clem for Mint 12 KDE RC. The "how-to" instructions are available and I've printed them out. For Mint 12 KDE, we are instructed to go to the terminal and enter "sudo dd if=~/Desktop/linuxmint.iso of=/dev/sdx oflag=direct =1048576". When I enter that with the proper changes for "Desktop/linuxmint.iso" and "/dev/sdx", I receive a message saying that the 1048576 isn't acceptable. A query gives me a very lengthy black and white screen of verbiage, none of which seems to make any sense to me...

I'm assuming that the 1048576 is something for Mint 12 KDE RC and needs to be changed. Maybe it's the whole "instruction" that requires revision.

How can I get the Mint 13 xfce download onto a USB drive so it'll run on my other computer?

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Re: Mint 13 xfce as Live USB

Postby caribriz on Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:25 pm

If you were following Clem's tutorial here:
http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/744

There was a typo in the original - "bs" in front of the number 1048576 was missing .....
It has now been corrected:
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sudo dd if=~/Desktop/linuxmint.iso of=/dev/sdx oflag=direct  bs=1048576


Edit: The above command works for hybrid iso images - I'm not sure if the Mint 13 xfce rc is a hybrid iso.

If the above doesn't work, you could try unetbootin to make a bootable live usb from your iso.

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Re: Mint 13 xfce as Live USB (SOLVED)

Postby Meteor on Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:07 pm

Either xfce 13 RC is not a "hybrid" or there is a situation with my download. The check sum matches but writing it to an USB is not working, even with the corrected verbiage to have it do so.

I will not bother at this time but will try again when the non-RC version is available. The Live DVD works fine on both my laptops. The only reason I want to put the .iso on a USB is so I can install it on an older notebook and an older notebook of a friend. My older notebook has the built-in CD-DVD drive failing to read info from the end of the DVD and hanging. It works fine as a Live DVD. My friend's notebook is just a little quirky too but I'm not sure why.

Both those old boys will read, write and install from USB drives.

I'll close this posting as "solved" for now and see what happens with the final release.

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Re: Mint 13 xfce as Live USB (SOLVED)

Postby caribriz on Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:02 pm

Meteor wrote:I will not bother at this time but will try again when the non-RC version is available.

If/when you do try again ...

I can confirm that these commands work to create a live usb from the XFCE live dvd and/or the XFCE iso file:

from BrianD Post #7 -
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=107949&sid=fa760dcef2d4d7e6b1d3cd2426a7d809#p607822

To make a bootable live usb direct from the LM13 XFCE RC live dvd - insert live dvd and usb stick ..
if /dev/sr0 is location of live dvd
if /dev/sdb is your usb stick (in my case it was sdb - but double-check your own usb stick location :wink:)

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sudo dd if=/dev/sr0 of=/dev/sdb bs=4M


OR

to make live usb from iso file
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sudo dd if=linuxmint.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=4M

of course, change "linuxmint" to the actual name of your iso file

Thanks to BrianD :)

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Re: Mint 13 xfce as Live USB (SOLVED)

Postby Meteor on Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:40 pm

to make live usb from iso file

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sudo dd if=linuxmint.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=4M


of course, change "linuxmint" to the actual name of your iso file


Thanks caribriz. I was wondering about the number "1048576" not being changed for each version of Mint. I had the feeling that this was not quite right. I never saw anything to say that that number should be changed, however, until now.

When the final edition of xfce 13 is released, I shall try it with the number being "4M" (a capital M) and see what happens. I trust that "they" will not be changing this number to something else. How do I verify the command before attempting to write the final release to a USB? The command doesn't appear to be published in the blog with the download information and mirror sources or is my eyesight failing me...

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Re: Mint 13 xfce as Live USB (SOLVED)

Postby caribriz on Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:51 pm

Meteor wrote:How do I verify the command before attempting to write the final release to a USB?

I don't know. All I know is I tried this suggestion and it worked.
I think this is a "generic" dd command whereas the other command you tried was specific to the hybrid iso.

I remember now I used a similar command a while back to turn a Mint 9 live cd into an .iso file, then made a live usb stick with the resulting iso.
(I had accidentally deleted the original iso file)

I used
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sudo cat /dev/sr0 > /home/username/filename.iso

It worked as well.

When you're ready to do it again, I'd just try it as is.

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