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USB Install

Postby beach-bubba » Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:54 am

...Hi, I am extreme newbie...I am running from anything MS Windows, especially since XP>.

I have Linux mint installed fron DVD I burned and love it on a desktop. My problem is, for the last few days I have been trying to install Mint17 on an Asus X101CH with 7 starter and no dvd drive. I can't get (don't know how) a Mint/XFCE package on the 8gb thumb drive that will install on a forced boot...or any other boot on the eeebook. I will need very simple and clear instructions to follow.

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Re: USB Install

Postby slipstick » Sat Aug 23, 2014 3:26 pm

I assume that you have created the thumb drive, but just can't get it to boot?

If that's the case, maybe you have the same problem I did. While my computer is completely different than yours, I had some confusion trying to boot from a thumb drive. I finally realized that:
1 - I had to have the thumb drive plugged in when I booted and entered CMOS setup
2 - The USB thumb drive didn't appear on the list of boot priorities in the CMOS setup at first, because I had to first look in the priority list for hard drives and set the thumb drive to top priority - then it appeared in the boot priority list. Why it is listed under hard drives I have no idea!
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Re: USB Install

Postby I2k4 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 4:59 pm

Good advice above: the main thing is to get the BIOS set to make the USB drive the first priority for booting. BUT be aware that certain brands of thumb drive - e.g. Kingston DataTraveler - will NOT boot an operating system even if the computer's BIOS is set correctly as the priority. Kingston mentions this on its website, but it completely confused me until I found it. I reformatted etc. etc. etc. to try to make it work and it just won't. By comparison other drives - e.g. SanDisk - work fine.
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Re: USB Install

Postby beach-bubba » Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:47 am

...Thanks for the suggestions. I finally got the files to the San Disk 8gb drive by using Rufus to retrieve the files from a burned dvd and install them on the thumb drive. Just copying and paste or "move to" would not work...I had to do it on a Windows machine and go back to the Eee machine and force the boot from cmos. By the way, I love the simplicity and functionality of the 17 xfec desktop, and guess what, there is no constant sending and receiving data going on in the background....die Microsoft....die !


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