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Join Date: Jan 2010
01-02-2010, 09:11 PM
Install Ubuntu 9.10 to a Flash Drive from Windows | USB Pen Drive Linux
Equally I don't know enough about the ImageWriter application to know whether it's valid to use it to put a Ubuntu image onto the USB stick and expect it to boot -- I'd try using the official Ubuntu USB image generation procedures to be safe.
As for the original problem, I suspect that the issue may have something to do with the smaller USB stick (which, as I understand it, is the bootable stick) interrogating the hard disk. If it doesn't see any MacOS partitions then it gives the option to install from the second USB, but if it does see a MacOS partition it attempts to use it (despite the fact that, in our case, the MacOS partition is lacking necessary files).
If this is correct (and I'm sure Mechdrew will be able to confirm, or tell me I'm being stupid) then I'd expect we can get back to the original situation by nuking the MacOS partition on the SSD, at which point the USB sticks will offer us the install route again.
Of course, none of this resolves the initial issue of why the install failed in the first place...
Edit: And I've confirmed my hypothesis (although the reasoning may still be incorrect) -- wiping the partition table on my SSD with GPartEd from my Ubuntu Live USB image allows me to get back to the SL installation procedure with my two USB sticks.
Edit 2: However, the SL installation fails again at the same point with the same error about support files... Grr...
Join Date: Nov 2009
01-02-2010, 09:14 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
01-04-2010, 02:49 PM
What's the case with bad imgs of SL? Because I have a genuine retail copy of SL from amazon, and my img was ripped directly from the disk using imgburn.
Are there other things that can cause a bad img?
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Could it be that my SL usb drive is formatted with NTFS?
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Ok so I just installed Ubuntu and erased over the HDD. This let me try again, but I've had the same error again (Could not copy the nescessary support files).
I don't understand why it won't work - I'm using a genuine copy of SL.
Join Date: Dec 2009
01-04-2010, 03:00 PM
Jake - are you using a 16gb flashdisk or a 8gb one?
If you're using an 8gb one, try use a 16gb one - Mechdrew updated the guide to include this as a requirement.
I'm been having the exact same problem as you and have ordered a 16gb flashdisk to see if that makes the difference. I'll update once I get it and have a go, but let me know if you manage to do so in the meantime...
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