HOW TO Make a Bootable Install USB Stick

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Atip
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HOW TO Make a Bootable Install USB Stick

Post by Atip » 24. Apr 2012, 06:09

HOW TO MAKE A BOOTABLE INSTALL USB STICK without Unetbootin or Isomaster.

Format a stick to FAT32.

I use gparted and set a boot flag.

Mount stick with thunar

Check on which /dev stick is mounted with "mount" command.
Not needed if gparted is used. It tells which device.

As root on terminal give command: "syslinux /dev/sdc1" if stick is mounted on
/dev/sdc1.

As root open program "mc", go to downloaded *.iso file and click on it to open.

On other panel of "mc" open stick like /media/something.

There one finds a file ldlinux.sys created with command "syslinux /dev/sdc1"
above.

Now copy all the files from the opened *.iso file to this directory on the
stick. (/media/something)

Go to /media/something and rename directory ./isolinux to ./syslinux. Open
directory syslinux and rename all isolinux.* files to syslinux.*.

In same directory edit file iso.sort and change all isolinux to syslinux.

That's all. Reboot and set your BIOS to boot from stick, have stick inserted
and you can install now from USB Stick.

I do not know if this will work with a live version.

I did this with
salix-xfce-13.37.iso
in my Salix Fluxbox

If somebody wants to improve on text to make it better understandable, be my guest.
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Tim CowChip
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Re: HOW TO Make a Bootabe Install USB Stick

Post by Tim CowChip » 24. Apr 2012, 07:31

Atip wrote:HOW TO MAKE A BOOTABLE INSTALL USB STICK without Unetbootin or Isomaster.

Format a stick to FAT32.

I use gparted and set a boot flag.

Mount stick with thunar

Check on which /dev stick is mounted with "mount" command.

As root on terminal give command: "syslinux /dev/sdc1" if stick is mounted on
/dev/sdc1.

As root open program "mc", go to downloaded *.iso file and click on it to open.

On other panel of "mc" open stick like /media/something.

There one finds a file ldlinux.sys created with command "syslinux /dev/sdc1"
above.

Now copy all the files from the opened *.iso file to this directory on the
stick. (/media/something)

Go to /media/something and rename directory ./isolinux to ./syslinux. Open
directory syslinux and rename all isolinux.* files to syslinux.*.

In same directory edit file iso.sort and change all isolinux to syslinux.

That's all. Reboot and set your BIOS to boot from stick, have stick inserted
and you can install now from USB Stick.

I do not know if this will work with a live version.

I did this with
salix-xfce-13.37.iso
in my Salix Fluxbox

If somebody wants to improve on text to make it better understandable, be my guest.
You might want to include the steps listed here except for the 1st step which you are offering an alternative for.
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