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Mon Oct 29, 2012, 11:39 PM

I really want to like Linux Mint. However . . .

I want to create a bootable USB so I can save my settings. I bought an 8GB flash drive and formatted it in Windows to FAT32.

The next step is to use UNetbootin to convert the cd to usb. Then reboot and tell the computer to boot from the usb. Sounds simple, right?

It's not working that way for me.

I went in to the Package Manager / Utilities (universe) and installed UNetbootin. The problem is, I couldn't figure out how to run it.

So I went to the sourceforge website to download it, but they don't have it for Linux Mint 13. However, they do have instructions for installing other distributions:

Download and run UNetbootin, then select the "disk image" option and supply it with an ISO (CD image).


Um . . . what? I don't even know what that means.

All I know is that I'm very tired, all I want to do is be able to use my computer again, and I'm tired of watching videos of how simple it is to use Linux. I'm not having an easy time at all. Can anyone help?

I do like the fact that GIMP and LibreOffice are on here.

Thx,

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Reply I really want to like Linux Mint. However . . . (Original post)
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Response to Pool Hall Ace (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2012, 11:50 PM

1. I am no expert but,

 

seeing as how these threads get ignored.
If you download Kubuntu for instance,My favorite,it comes in the ISO format for burning to CD and have ready made USB stick options.
Perhaps this will help:[link:http://www.kubuntu.org/getkubuntu/download|

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Response to Pool Hall Ace (Original post)

Mon Oct 29, 2012, 11:52 PM

2. There are actual Linux forums for this stuff.

You seem to be in over your head, but this isn't the place for it. If you take the time to identify the right place to pose your questions, I and anyone else would gladly help you. If you can't even identify the right place to ask your questions, people are less likely to reach out.

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Response to Pool Hall Ace (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 12:08 AM

3. YAY LINUX

 

mint is great, but if you're looking for something on a flash. try raspberry.

Any hoo...

All linux flavors come in distros, these distros are published as ISOs, usually found on the website or CD.

here is mints :

http://community.linuxmint.com/iso

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Response to Pool Hall Ace (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 01:21 AM

4. live cd?

dd if=/dev/sr0 of=/dev/sdb

unetbootin works well too.

go to mint forums and search unetbootin

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Response to Pool Hall Ace (Original post)

Tue Oct 30, 2012, 01:52 AM

5. Here's how...

The next step is to use UNetbootin to convert the cd to usb.


Well, no.

Think of *.iso files as *.zip files. But *.isos are a specialized kind of compressed file. You can uncompress them and turn them into - at your option - CDs, ready to play; static, bootable USBs; or 'live', bootable USBs.

Or, you could think of *.isos as caterpillars, which turn into three different kinds of butterfly.

The CD that you're trying to turn into a bootable USB is already a butterfly...

Go here: http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

...and download the Linux Mint *.iso. I recommend the third choice: with Cinnamon, either 32 or 64 bit version. Pick the 64-bit version if you have 4 Gig or more of RAM and a reasonably newish CPU in your 'puter.

Put the downloaded file, which will be called "linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-64bit .iso", somewhere, then put your formatted USB drive into a USB port. Start up UNetbootin. Then, in UNetbootin, click the radio button next to "Diskimage". Make sure that "ISO" is selected in the second field on that same line. Then, in the third field on that line, you want the *.iso you downloaded to show up. So click the button to the right of that field and a browse thing will pop up - find the *.iso, and select it.

Then, on the bottom row of UNetbootin, "Type" should read USB, and "Drive" should be pointed at the USB drive you inserted. THIS IS IMPORTANT: make sure the "Drive" is pointed at the correct drive!!! The program is stupid, and if you point it at your hard drive, it'll format that.

So click 'OK' and it'll take a little while.

That will install the static version of Linux Mint to the USB drive.

If you want to save settings across boots, you'll have to use the "Space used to preserve files across reboots" field. 2 Gig should be enough. But this is strictly intended for Ubuntu - at least int the version I'm using - and while Mint is based on Ubuntu, I'm not sure if that will work in Mint. Only one way to find out... I dunno; maybe the Windows version you're using will create that space for any distro?

Anyway, enjoy Mint. It's fantastic.

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