Making a Bootable USB [Indamixx]

  • jwesleycooper
Posted: Thu, 03/11/2010 - 01:39
Our Indamixx Netbook's OS has been broken by an accidentally installed update, so I need to re-install, and I've already downloaded the necessary ISO. Unfortunately, there is no CD drive built into the netbook, and we do not have an external one; so I need to use the ISO file to make a bootable USB, which I will then be able to install with. However, I have not had any success in doing this, though I used the following process on a working open SUSE 11.2 machine: jwesleycooper@linux-twom:~> su Password: linux-twom:/home/jwesleycooper # ls -l /dev/disk/by-id/*usb* lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 2010-03-09 20:16 /dev/disk/by-id/usb-FLASH_Drive_AU_USB20_OYTMN3G3S4GVEPNBWU94-0:0 -> ../../sdb linux-twom:/home/jwesleycooper # umount /dev/sdb linux-twom:/home/jwesleycooper # cd Download linux-twom:/home/jwesleycooper/Download # dd if=trinity_master_i386.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=4M;sync 128+1 records in 128+1 records out 539813888 bytes (540 MB) copied, 82.2916 s, 6.6 MB/s linux-twom:/home/jwesleycooper/Download # ...I'm just getting a message saying that there is no OS on the drive! Anyone here know what the problem might be?

Still not working...

  • jwesleycooper
  • 03/10/10
  • Fri, 03/12/2010 - 06:53
Unetbootin won't even *use* the iso, and I've yet to get *any* response from Indamixx... And where are these instructions "for making Ubuntu Jaunty USB bootable" which you speak of?

Use the 'custom' option

  • Daniel
  • 05/22/07
  • Fri, 03/12/2010 - 10:03
To use Unetbootin this way, make sure you have selected the 'custom' radio button and specified the vmlinux and initrd.gz files that I mentioned above. Unetbootin doesn't need to use the Indamixx iso; the iso is copied to the stick after Unetbootin does the job of setting the stick up to boot. The only difference when formatting a stick for Ubuntu Jaunty is that you don't need to use the custom option.

second that motion

  • cmay
  • 10/15/09
  • Fri, 03/12/2010 - 05:05
I would suggest unetboooting too. be aware that sometimes a result is better when formatted the usb stick at fat32. I played around exstensively with unetbootin for a while and it does work on almost everything but no guarantie it will work. had to give up on making a usb stick with minix but all linux systems works perfect. good luck on it.

Try Unetbootin

  • Daniel
  • 05/22/07
  • Thu, 03/11/2010 - 11:24
The most reliable way to format a memory stick is to use the Unetbootin tool: http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ Select the Custom radio button, download the following kernel (vmlinuz) and initrd (initrd.gz) files: http://pdk.64studio.com/projects/trinity/jaunty/64studio.com/boot/hd-media/i386/ and in Unetbootin, set the path to these files on the machine you're using to prepare the stick. Then after clicking OK, instead of rebooting the machine, copy the Indamixx iso to the memory stick. Unmount the stick, and boot your Indamixx from it. If you still have trouble, please contact Indamixx support. Cheers! Daniel

USB

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Thu, 03/11/2010 - 09:34
In my opinion you have two choices: 1) Follow the instruction for making Ubuntu Jaunty USB bootable, using your indamix ISO 2) Contact the indamixx help desk, and ask for assistance there. Obviously they would know how to do it, since they sell the bootable USB sticks, and probably used them to install the OS to begin with. Hope it helps, Quentin

EDIT: Terminal Output

  • jwesleycooper
  • 03/10/10
  • Thu, 03/11/2010 - 02:04
Sorry, but my terminal output didn't copy right initially, so here it is agian: jwesleycooper@linux-twom:~> su Password: linux-twom:/home/jwesleycooper # ls -l /dev/disk/by-id/*usb* lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 2010-03-09 20:16 /dev/disk/by-i /usb-FLASH_Drive_AU_USB20_OYTMN3G3S4GVEPNBWU94-0:0 -> ../../sdb linux-twom:/home/jwesleycooper # umount /dev/sdb linux-twom:/home/jwesleycooper # cd Download linux-twom:/home/jwesleycooper/Download # dd if=trinity_master_i386.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=4M;sync 128+1 records in 128+1 records out 539813888 bytes (540 MB) copied, 82.2916 s, 6.6 MB/s linux-twom:/home/jwesleycooper/Download #