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Debian stable. Unetbootin. Got the stick formatted Fat32 and it recognized it. Installed with debian 7 stable iso I've been using just fine to boot VMs. I have never gotten a usb stick to boot anything. This is the output I get from an old computer I have. I know it can boot usb as it gets this far.
Code:
Searching for Boot Record from USB RMD-FDD..OK
ERROR: No configuration file found.
No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found!
boot:

The boot line is a cli thing that i can type into but nothing I've tried works. What or how do I deal with this?

The only other response I've gotten trying to boot from usb.
Code:
FATAL: No bootable medium found! System halted.

For the record I have never gotten a bootable usb to work on windows or any linux version. These are where I end up every single time. My sig does the same thing so it's something with the usb creation thats hanging up.
Edited by Tadaen Sylvermane - 12/3/13 at 3:11pm
 
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I was having this same issue trying to make a USB thumb drive to boot the ubuntu server ISO. Was driving me NUTS.

I looked at everything I could find on atlernativeto.net and win32 disk imager was ONLY ONE that I could get to actually work.

It "raw writes" the ISO to the USB drive is such a way the installer will actually see an optical drive. And it might have something to do with the new-ish CD/disk drive image hybrid ISOs.

It will "partition" the usb in such a way your thumb drive will appear to be the size of the ISO you wrote to it (e.g. 700 megs or whatever instead of 16 gigs or whatever) as reported by windows in disk manager...

edit: just noticed your OS appears to be Linux instead of windows so this may be of limited use to you.

Have you tried dd? In theory that should work smile.gif
 
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I use this, and I haven't had a problem with it.

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/
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spose i could do it in a vm. maybe wine will work. will look into it. dd looks confusing so not sure if i'm ready or can understand that one yet. i've seen some examples of it and it made zero sense to me.
 
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spose i could do it in a vm. maybe wine will work. will look into it. dd looks confusing so not sure if i'm ready or can understand that one yet. i've seen some examples of it and it made zero sense to me.

dd, for what it's worth, is kind of easy once you kind of "grok" it.

There's a IF= and an OF= parameters basically it's "input file" and "output file". Or that's how I like to remember it/think of it.

In other words if you were trying to "rip" a CD to an ISO the "input" would be /dev/cdrom0 (or whatever) and the "output" would be /home/users/user1/linux.iso (or whatever).

Conversely if you're trying to write an ISO (or img, whatever) to a hard drive/usb device the "input" would be the ISO and the "output" would be the block device of /dev/sdb or whatever.

There's a port of dd for windows and that's where I was learning all this. Wasn't necessarily an official implementation of the "real" unix-y dd.

Here's a sample that (in theory) will save a boot sector to a file:

dd if=/dev/sda of=/tmp/mbrsda.bak bs=512 count=1

Input file of /dev/sda, output of that file with the .bak and the bs= is the block size and the count is how many blocks. The first 512 bytes of the hard drive in other words, stored in a file called mbrsda.bak.

I don't know if this helped but it was fun writing smile.gif
 
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It does explain some of what i used just now. But dd did the trick. this is what I used directly.
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# dd if=/path/iso of=/dev/sdx oflag=direct bs=1048576

Ran as root, took a couple minutes. Found it on a google search after that win image didn't work in wine. Worked like a charm and i booted sig right up from usb. I can finally make bootable usb for when i'm messing around with versions.
 
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