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using MultiBootUSB

Post by AZgl1500 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:14 pm

I just created a MultiBoot USB flash drive and didn't think ahead of time about the type of partitions I was making for it.

I made them all 'primary' and when I tried to add a 5th partition, got the message that 4 is all that can be made.

I remember reading that before, so that is not my question.

This message shows up in the GUI Guide for MultiBootUSB which I did NOT read until I saw the message pop up. :D
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Formatted USB disk:
FAT32, NTFS, ext2/3/4 or Btrfs filesystem. However, FAT filesystem is recommended and ext2/3/4 or Btrfs filesystems will only work under Linux.
Keep single partition (primary) to avoid later problems.
ISO file of live Linux distro of your choice.
Latest release of MultiBootUSB.

If, I had made just the 1st partition a Primary, and the remaining partitions a Ext, would MultiBoot be able to boot from the Extended partitions to use the other ISOs ??

It appears that the Later Problems it is referring to, is the limitation of the number of ISOs that I wanted to install is not possible. I have room for 8 ISOs, and really wanted to have them all on that one Flash Drive stick.

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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by jimallyn » Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:40 pm

I've never tried using MultiBootUSB, but I have a USB stick I use MultiSystem with. It currently has about 15 operating systems on it. Works fine.
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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by AZgl1500 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:02 pm

jimallyn wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:40 pm
I've never tried using MultiBootUSB, but I have a USB stick I use MultiSystem with. It currently has about 15 operating systems on it. Works fine.
Well,

that is what I will switch over to then.
Thanks Jim

I just tried to boot that USB FOB and it is useless, Gparted will come up and run, but none of the other ISOs that I installed on it are visible.

Reformatting it and starting all over.

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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by jimallyn » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:24 pm

As I recall it has some other tools that come with it. Haven't looked at stuff that much, just using it to have bootable Linux distros in my pocket.
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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by AZgl1500 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:35 pm

Jim,

MultiSystem is the crudest, most uninformative utility I have tried to use.

I select a file to add, asks for password, and poof!
back to select another file.

No where does it ask me to write the files to disk.
I have 5 ISO files selected, and wanted to finish up as the FOB is only 16 gB raw, 14.7 usable.

Now what? It is not showing me any of the files I have selected.

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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by AZgl1500 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:42 pm

Drag and Drop don't work either.

I am using 4.13.0-38, Mint 18.3 Sylvia, Cinnamon 3.6.7

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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by AZgl1500 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:49 pm

I gave up on MultiSystem,

not impressed with that utility at all right now....

Went back to MultiBootUSB and reformatted the flash stick to FAT32 in one parition.

that was what it needed.....

I just wish to hell, that Linux programmers would learn how to write up proper documentation.

They don't even bother to tell you when it all finished up correctly, and that if you click on 'Quit' that the flash driver is properly done....

sheesh!

anyway, the FOB now works, it will boot up 3 ISOs and Gparted....
too bad it was not a larger stick.... oh well....
a small USB HDD would be optimum for this I should think, 500 gB would hold all of the current up todate distros for everything.

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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by jimallyn » Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:19 pm

You have to select the device to install to. Plug the USB stick in and wait for the system to recognize it and mount it. Then start MultiSystem. Your USB stick should show in the device window. Select it, and click Confirm.
MultiSystem001.png
I have never used drag and drop to add isos, I always click on the CD image below where it says "Select an .iso or .img."
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... To be continued.
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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by AZgl1500 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:21 pm

I did all of that Jim,

and the first way I tried it was with the Click, follow menus, select file, OPEN, and then it goes to Terminal, I enter password, and poof!


it never shows the added files to the window.

is the darn thing written strictly for KDE?

it sure don't work in 18.3 Cinnamon

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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by jimallyn » Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:27 pm

Once you select the desired iso, a terminal will open and ask for your password. Enter it, and it will go through the procedure to install the selected iso.
MultiSystem003.png
After it goes through its install routine in the terminal, it will go back to the GUI.
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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by jimallyn » Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:31 pm

I haven't tried it in 18.3 Cinnamon, but I use it regularly in 17.3 Cinnamon and 17.3 XFCE. I do have 18.3 Cinnamon on my home computer in VirtualBox. If I think of it when I get home, I will try it.
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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by AZgl1500 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:40 pm

Jim,

when it goes to Terminal, I enter my password and poof!!!

nothing, it goes straight to GUI and nothing is in the window.

I have never seen anything like that stuff in your Terminal window. :cry:

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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by pbear » Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:05 am

FWIW, I have both MBU and MS. Both work fine. Your problem is operator error.
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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by AZgl1500 » Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:23 am

pbear wrote:
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FWIW, I have both MBU and MS. Both work fine. Your problem is operator error.
have you tried that in 18.3 Cinnamon?

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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by pbear » Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:54 am

Yes, and works in both utilities.
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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by MrEen » Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:04 am

For what it's worth, the one time I used multisystem, I also had a heck of a time figuring out what was going on. I don't remember exactly what was happening but found out the secret for me was patience. I thought it was doing nothing when it should be doing something, and found out if I just leave it alone for several minutes it would suddenly complete its task.

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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by JerryF » Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:20 am

From what I remember about using MultiBoot, you don't pre-partition the USB. It will set up the USB itself.
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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by JerryF » Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:24 am

From what I remember about using MultiBoot, you don't pre-partition the USB. It will set up the USB itself.

MultiBoot recommends formatting the USB as FAT32.
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Re: using MultiBootUSB

Post by AZgl1500 » Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:40 am

JerryF wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:24 am
From what I remember about using MultiBoot, you don't pre-partition the USB. It will set up the USB itself.

MultiBoot recommends formatting the USB as FAT32.
This was how I finally got MultiBoot to work.
Previously, I had tried several times with setting up ext4 partitions and it installed the ISOs to each partition just fine. They would even "test working".

But, when the FOB was booted up, Gparted in the FAT32 partition was the only thing that the menu could see.

Then later, after two failed attempts, I formatted the entire 16gB FOB as FAT32 and left it alone.

again, MultiBoot "installed" several ISO files and they "tested good".
However, when it was booted up, there was a menu that showed everything I had installed to it.
Tried each of them and they all booted up.

I could have continued on but the 16 gB limit was soon passed with each ISO being a 1.9gB file

MultiBoot is a much easier app to work with, it actually shows what is going on at each step in the GUI w/o ever taking you to Terminal.

as of right now, I am very disenchanted with MultiSystem, it is crude beyond belief, and zero documentation that is of any value.

People who write these utilities and then provide no advance info on what each step can do, ought to be drawn and quartered.

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