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Downloading another iso distro to try without installing


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#1 dannyboy950

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 07:21 PM

For the last several days I have been trying to successfully download a ISO of both XFCE and Mate to maybe try later on and transfer to a bootable USB Thumb drive.  The intention was to create another live version that I could try without installing.

This partially worked. By hook or by crook I succeeded with the down load but not without issues. Those issue will be discussed in seperate posts dedicated to those issues [off topic] to this one but related to this one.

 

Createing a bootable USB stick also presented it's own problems also a subject for another post. I tried several different methods

In the process I discoverd that Mint Cinnamon has a builtin tool to create a bootable USB stick.

This seemed to work except it will not boot from the stick. I followed the procedure to the letter. Verified that the ISO was on the stick, even checked the hash but it will not reboot into a live session like My dvd did.

 

Thought you guys may want to chew on this while I am offline for awhile.

 

Thanks for your time and any thoughts.


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Posted 23 April 2016 - 08:04 PM

Did you change the boot order in BIOS so it goes to the USB first? That's all I can think of.


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Posted 23 April 2016 - 08:18 PM

My first thought:

is the BIOS set to boot from USB before the CD and hard drive?

Second and more to your topic QEMU is what you are looking for.

It is an emulator that will let you run the ISO directly.

Open your terminal and type: (use sudo if you are not root)

apt-get update

apt-get install qemu <--there will be some dependencies 

qemu --cdrom <linuximage>.iso <--this will be the distro name

QEMU is much easier to use than VMWare or VirtualBox.

 


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Posted 23 April 2016 - 08:59 PM

Question Raw. I have 2 ISO Mate and XFCE. I assume I would need to add the full ISO name to your command string? To determine which ISO I want.

 

Edit:  I will tripple check the boot order but 2 days ago I was able to boot into my original Mint cinnamon dvd so the boot order should still be correct.  I will check again lol


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Posted 23 April 2016 - 10:41 PM

 

2 days ago I was able to boot into my original Mint cinnamon dvd

 

DVD is not USB, unless i missed something in your description.

 

 

I assume I would need to add the full ISO name to your command string

 

Yes, and you can use 'TAB completion' to help out. Example: (linuxmint-17-cinnamon-64bit-v2.iso)

qemu --cdrom linux <now press the tab key>

If i have a similar named file such as 'linuxmint-17-Mate-64bit-v2.iso' tab complete will only give you

linuxmint-17-

You will have to type the next letter (c or M in this example) and hit tab again.


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Posted 23 April 2016 - 11:09 PM

Ok my computer has no cd/dvd drive. it did not come from the factory with one nor is there room to install one.

To get anything else on here at all other than something that could be installed directly from the net I had to get a USB drive and plug it into a usb port.

 

In order for that to work I did have to change boot order in bios but I left it that way. A HP cycles thru the boot order. If it finds nothing to boot from it moves to the next in line until it does find something to boot from.

Thanks for the tip on using the tab option.

 

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 12:44 AM

@dannyboy950, @raw:

 

 

Ok my computer has no cd/dvd drive. it did not come from the factory with one nor is there room to install one.

To get anything else on here at all other than something that could be installed directly from the net I had to get a USB drive and plug it into a usb port.

 

 

So just to clarify matters - dannyboy has an external optical drive that is connected to his computer via USB cable and ports.

 

It is not a USB drive per se, and your BIOS will recognise it as being an optical medium. The clear fact that you were able to install Mint Cinnamon from your purchased disk is testimony to your having been able to move an entry in BIOS like CD/DVD, perhaps even naming the drive brand, ahead of your HDD.

 

This begs the question, then:

 

Does your BIOS list of boot choices contain an item marked USB? If not, we look at other avneues, but if so, you need to move it above your HDD entry, preferably to the top.

 

The tools on our Cinnamon you were using are USB Image Writer, perhaps preceded by use of USB Stick Formatter. Both under Accessories. Writer has a somewhat less than 100% success in working, but try it anyway, once you have changed that boot sequence.

 

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 01:03 AM

 

dannyboy has an external optical drive

 

Gotcha.

 

 

I tried several different methods

 

Was one of the methods the unetbootin program?

I have used it and recommend it as it is super user friendly.


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Posted 24 April 2016 - 01:27 AM

@raw shhhh that is one of my other posts I am working on.  Sadly a novelist I will never be.  It takes me awhile to compose something. lol


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