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Default 03-21-2010, 01:06 PM

ls /dev produces TMI. here is what ls /dev/rdisk5 says:

MacPro:desktop William$ ls /dev/rdisk5
/dev/rdisk5


Also can't run "sudo dd if=target.img.dmg of=/dev/rdisk5 bs=1m" It asks for password and I don't use a password and don't know what to put.

ls /dev is:

MacPro:desktop William$ ls /dev
auditpipe ptyt6 ttyqb
autofs ptyt7 ttyqc
autofs_control ptyt8 ttyqd
autofs_nowait ptyt9 ttyqe
bpf0 ptyta ttyqf
bpf1 ptytb ttyr0
bpf2 ptytc ttyr1
bpf3 ptytd ttyr2
console ptyte ttyr3
cu.Bluetooth-Modem ptytf ttyr4
cu.Bluetooth-PDA-Sync ptyu0 ttyr5
disk0 ptyu1 ttyr6
disk0s1 ptyu2 ttyr7
disk0s2 ptyu3 ttyr8
disk0s3 ptyu4 ttyr9
disk1 ptyu5 ttyra
disk1s1 ptyu6 ttyrb
disk1s2 ptyu7 ttyrc
disk1s3 ptyu8 ttyrd
disk2 ptyu9 ttyre
disk3 ptyua ttyrf
disk3s1 ptyub ttys0
disk3s2 ptyuc ttys000
disk5 ptyud ttys1
disk5s1 ptyue ttys2
disk5s2 ptyuf ttys3
dtrace ptyv0 ttys4.........

and this goes on for several pages.

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Default 03-21-2010, 02:03 PM

You need root privileges to write to a raw disk. "sudo" is one way. "sudo" runs a single command with super-user (root) privileges. But "sudo" may need to be setup to allow your normal user account super-user privileges, and "sudo" normally requires you to input your user password.

Instead of "sudo", you can change the "root" user and just run "dd if=target.img.dmg of=whatever blah". You don't need "sudo" if you're the "root" user.

I'm afraid I don't know what the best way to go about enabling the "root" user or enabling "sudo" for your user account is on OSX. You can search Google for "enabling sudo osx", "root terminal osx", "root shell osx"*, or similar.

* A shell is the actual program that interprets terminal I/O. The shell prints the prompt, and the shell receives the typed-in commands and executes the programs.


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Default 03-21-2010, 07:13 PM

OK got Password working and ran sudo dd if=target.img of=/dev/rdisk5 bs=1m. The USB LED flashed and now it says:

680+1 records in
680+1 records out
713887744 bytes transferred in 105.952224 secs (6737827 bytes/sec)


Is it a done deal or is there more I need to do? The USB isn't mounted and I don't see the partition anymore. Do I now eject it and then I plug back in and see files?

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Default 03-21-2010, 08:31 PM

It should be written out to the drive. You can mount the drive manually to inspect the files, or remove it and re-insert it to get the OS to automount it.


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Default 03-21-2010, 09:06 PM

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It should be written out to the drive. You can mount the drive manually to inspect the files, or remove it and re-insert it to get the OS to automount it.
Yes thanks, the files are on there. However when I try and install on the Mini 9 it says "Operating System not found". I tried all 3 USB ports too. I put it back in my Mac and see a program called "usb-creator.exe" so I clicked on it and it runs a Windows program. Do I have to do something with it to make it bootable? If so can I do it on my Mac using Parallels and Vista?

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Default 03-21-2010, 09:29 PM

USB creator is a method of putting an Ubuntu ISO on a USB stick or drive (the whole thing we've been going through).

From reading about Parallels, it can support USB storage devices, but I'm not sure about the technical details. USB Creator needs low-level access to the storage device, so I'm not it'd work via Parallels.


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Default 03-21-2010, 09:53 PM

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USB creator is a method of putting an Ubuntu ISO on a USB stick or drive (the whole thing we've been going through).

From reading about Parallels, it can support USB storage devices, but I'm not sure about the technical details. USB Creator needs low-level access to the storage device, so I'm not it'd work via Parallels.
So the files that are on the USB now need to be deleted? If so why did I put them on there? Do I need to delete then except for the USB Creator program and move it to my HD? Then I need to run the program and put the Desktop file "target.img" in the Source Image box and the USB drive in the USB disk to use box? Why is this all so ridiculously complected and how many more steps (hoops to jump through) are there before I actually get to install on the Mini 9?
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Default 03-21-2010, 11:31 PM

USB Creator is a Windows and Linux program to convert and transfer the Ubuntu ISO to a USB drive. It's probably the easiest way. But I don't know if it's possible to get it working under OSX. If you have a Windows machine handy, it might be worth trying from there.

You're correct that the OSX procedure on the Ubuntu Wiki is ridiculously complicated for someone only accustomed with GUI programs.


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Talking easy way to install ubuntu on mini - 04-27-2010, 02:43 PM

ok to make this as easy as possible ill use my install i have done this at least ten time for various friends and thay have all loved the results

step one get the iso in a folder by itself

step two get unetbootin and run it

step three select the diskimage option

step four select the iso from the folder you set aside

step five plug in a formated(fat 32 is best) usb drive of at least 2
gb (can be done earlier)

step six select the usb drive and run (or ok depending on os version
of unetbootin

step seven when unetbootin says reboot it is ready to be installed on the
computer you want it on (connect the usb to the computer
you wish and reboot)

step eight let it boot all the way to the desk top(you may have a black
screen that asks you how you want to install it select live

step nine click install ubuntu / your location / your keyboard

step ten on a mini just use the whole drive on a larger hard drive
make a 10 gb partion for / with the rest for /home for future
reinstalls

final step create a log in and the password is your sudo password
(make sure you make a password) run and reboot and

your done
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Default 05-09-2010, 12:40 PM

the usb image of netbook remix worked for me. together with the "dd" terminal command. it worked perfectly.

unfortunately there is no such usb image to be found for XP. i got a legal license right here, but i havent got a windows computer to image my usb stick with XP.
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