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Re: Unable to create either bootable USB flashdrive or CD/DVDrom

Christian Jaeger, 11.08.2011:
> 2011/8/9 Wolodja Wentland <babilen@gmail.com>:
> > Why don't you follow the method
> > outlined in the installation guide?
> >
> > http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/amd64/ch04s03.html.en
> I'm trying to follow "4.3.3. Manually copying files to the USB stick ?
> the flexible way".
> Here are the questions not answered by this guide:


> [3. Ubuntu has an initrd.lz file, not initrd.gz, will that work?]
> 4. The guide says "If you used an hd-media image, you should now copy
> a Debian ISO image[6] onto the stick." and "[6] You can use either a
> businesscard, a netinst or a full CD image (see Section 4.1, ?Official
> Debian GNU/Linux CD-ROM Sets?). Be sure to select one that fits. Note
> that the ?netboot mini.iso? image is not usable for this purpose."
>  * I didn't use the hd-media image, since I'm in section 4.3.3 which
> doesn't use hd-media! This is a logical bug in the manual that only
> confused me.
>  * Well "especially" *if* I'm not using the hd-media image, I'm of
> course supposed to copy the contents of the iso now?
>  * the manual doesn't say whether to mount the iso and copy the
> contents recursively (and to which target location), or whether to
> copy the iso file itself (neither which location).
> 5. what I tried so far doesn't even bring up the syslinux boot menu
> (it should, shouldn't it, even if there's only 1 entry?). It just
> shows a black screen with blinking underline cursor in top left
> corner, doing nothing.
> 6. the manual doesn't hint at what else is needed in syslinux.cfg to
> have a chance of it working.
> Also, there's no *boot.img* on the mythbuntu iso, so I can't try
> section 4.3.2. Of course I know that this manual is for creating a
> Debian boot, not Ubuntu boot; but in any case, my problem of using
> Debian to enable me to boot any kind of Ubuntu based image is
> unsolved.

I've read some (but not all) of this thread.  AFAICT, you want to prepare
an Ubuntu-type USB installation disk, and you tried to use the Debian 
installation manual, as described above, but it didn't quite work.

I would recommend having a look at the corresponding section in Ubuntu's
installation guide.  It's very similar to Debian's but I remember noticing
some small differences.  Maybe try

Around 4 or 5 years ago, I was doing an Ubuntu installation with a USB 
stick.  The guide looked very much like Debian's so I assumed they were
the same and tried to do it like Debian, but it didn't work.  (I think 
the difference I experienced was that in Debian the "easy" method required
one to copy an iso after copying the image to the USB, whereas in Ubuntu, 
one just copied the image and that was it (no iso to copy).  I'm not sure,

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