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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin)

Postby fleamailman on Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:42 pm

just in case you have ditched windows but still want to have a bootable ISO usb key some time from Mint, synaptic has a great program call usb-creator with an option for persistant, I made my key that way as it was so simply to do
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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin)

Postby KittyCat on Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:14 pm

I tried this with Mint 7, but version 7 is not listed as one of the Linux Mint versions this will work with. Will that cause problems? Has anyone managed to create a bootable liveUSB with Mint 7? I don't need it to be persistent, just bootable to I can check if it recognizes my wifi adapter and if it does I want to install from it.

Thanks! :)

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Tested it just a moment ago, and it works. I picked Mint-7 in the version list, then pointed UNetbootin to the 7 ISO on my desktop, and let it do its thing, then plugged it in and rebooted. Presto! I'm in Mint! :)
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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin)

Postby byu on Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:06 am

Dear friend,

I still have difficulty to make LiveUSB for LinuxMint 7. I used Kingstone flash disc 1 GB and formatted at FAT16

I have tried Unetbootin to make LiveUSB, but it is still fail. (my flash disc was formatted at FAT32)
it said "Boot: error" I already follow the step by step instruction from this forum

then I use usb-creator, but it still fail also. (my flash disc was formatted at FAT16)
my LinuxMint 7 still can not booting.
it said "could not find kernel ..." ( I am sorry I forgot the detail message)
"Boot: "

do anyone can help me to find out the solution for this situation and give me the detail procedure?
because I want to use LinuxMint 7 as LiveUSB.

I use GParted to format my flash disc.
my Laptop is
-Acer Aspire 4520
-AMD Turion64 X2 2GHz
-RAM 3GB

is it possible to make LinuxMint 7 as LiveUSB for this laptop?

I really appreciate for your help and thank you
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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin)

Postby Fluke on Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:40 pm

I used this http://www.pendrivelinux.com/install-li ... n-windows/ to install Mint 8. Everything is fantastic but it would be nice to know how to change the login to require a password rather than auto-login.
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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin)

Postby Fluke on Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:10 pm

Ouch no responses.
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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin)

Postby greatbigdragon on Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:54 am

Fluke: Here's what I did when I used pendrivelinux to install Mint 8 on my netbook. It installed a user "oem" that would automatically log me in to that user so I had to create an identical user and then go to Administration/Login Screen in the Mint Menu. After unlocking that, you just check the radio box to "Show the screen for choosing who will log in." That's all I had to do! Of course, you don't necessarily have to create a new user account, you just have to enable the login screen.
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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin

Postby usbtux on Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:59 pm

I'm running from a linux USB at the moment using Julia (Mint Linux). I'm using a Kingston 2Gig Data Traveller – that boots from a livecd image that keeps all bookmarks, web history, installed programs etc automatically, to save and restore changes on subsequent boots; in a 1 Gig file.

Computer default os is XPpro – Linux is not installed.
Using the latest iso (linuxmint-10-gnome-cd-i386.iso) or newer
CD/DVD drive is dead on this computer.

Had good results with UNetbootin but could not get persistence http://www.pendrivelinux.com/what-is-persistent-linux/ to work easily.

Fully working system using MultiBootISOs-2.1.4.5.exe http://www.pendrivelinux.com/boot-multiple-iso-from-usb-multiboot-usb/ this has persistence setup as default, then used PDL-Casper-RW-Creator.exe http://www.pendrivelinux.com/casper-rw-creator-make-a-persistent-file-from-windows/ to create the persistence file on the USB.


Pendrive linux's multiboot utility may lag a little behind releases of ISO's naturally, so that you may have to wait for the next release of the utility to convert your iso to usb boot. THIS IS AN UNDERSTATMENT. I presume that the util database is updated by hand and is not that clever, so that it doesn't automatically change its config for the newer ISOs – you just cant change the name of the ISO.
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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin

Postby geazzy on Sun May 08, 2011 8:40 pm

great tips :D
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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin

Postby neildaemond on Tue May 24, 2011 11:26 am

I found this tool very easy to use~

http://www.linuxliveusb.com/
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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin

Postby usbtux on Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:36 am

http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ Has it all sorted now, this is the best one to use. Persistence works a treat and it's so simple to use.
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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin

Postby usbtux on Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:26 am

Take a look at this it seems quite interesting Livecd/USB with persistence and a virtual Machine in winblows.
http://www.howtogeek.com/65888/create-a-persistent-bootable-and-virtualized-linux-usb-drive-with-lili/%20LILI
'kin eck what'll they think of next?
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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin

Postby itinerant1 on Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:59 pm

Good tut. I found unetbootin didn't format the usb with a boot flag ( I spent a lot of time waiting for it to load before I figured that out) :oops:
Easy way is to open the usb in gparted and manage the flags in there.

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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin

Postby SurfaceUnits on Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:29 am

To expand a bit:
You can create a personalized & updated LiveUSB & DVD Mint image by:
1) Install a Mint Live DVD to a drive
2) Update it using Update Manager
3) Use Synaptics to install the additional packages you want and delete packages you don't want
4) Use Remastersys to create a live iso distribution image
5) Use Unetbootin to install the Remastersys image to a USB drive

this way you can have updated apps plus the ones you use often

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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin

Postby usbtux on Tue Jul 02, 2013 3:12 pm

Ive created two tutorials for Unetbootin

One for windows
http://youtu.be/pq2bsTh_dDs How to use unetbootin to make a liveusb from windows
And another from Mint/Linux
Install Unetbootin via synaptic then - Use Unetbootin in Linux Mint http://youtu.be/HRMzroqA1Wc
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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin

Postby lmlm on Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:36 pm

dojero wrote:I finally managed to create a persistent USB installation using Unetbootin.

After you've made your Unetbootin USB drive, you'll need to do two things: first, you've got to create a casper-rw file on the USB. That's the file that will hold all the changes. It's what makes a persistent install persistent. After that, you'll need to amend the syslinux.cfg file on the USB to include the persistent designation. The syslinux.cfg file is the boot file; if when you boot, you haven't specified that you're booting a persistent system, then the system won't use the casper-rw file.

In order to alter the USB drive, you should not boot into it. Instead, boot into another system and mount the USB drive so that you can save to it.
(continued...)


I used UNETbootin to install to a LiveUSB with partial persistence. Someone taught me how to edit the syslinux.cfg file so that it would present boot options for both persistent and live.

For persistence to hold, do I also have to edit the casper-rw file, as you describe above, or is this information out-of-date, from before UNETbootin offerred persistence as an option (which it does indeed offer now)?

Someone suggested I might have to also edit the isolinux.csg file... is that truly necessary? What does the isolinux.csg file contain or do? Thanks
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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin

Postby Microdata on Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:18 pm

My desktop PC uses Windows XP Pro. I attempted to use UNetbootin to create a bootable 4 GB USB flash drive for Linuxmint Petra 16 Mate to evaluate Linux for installation on an IBM Thinkpad laptop which has no OS. The procedure seemed to go without any problem but when I inserted the USB drive in my Desktop PC and changed the boot menu to USB I received the message "boot error". Any recommendations? Thank you.
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Re: Create Mint LiveUSB from Windows using a GUI (UNetbootin

Postby stsc on Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:28 pm

I have a terabyte external hard drive that I'd like to install the live image onto. But UNetbootin would not let me select the external. After I used a command line switch to let me pick the drive letter, it still wouldn't work. How do I install the live image onto an external hard drive?
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