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usutomo usutomo is offline
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Default Re: Ubuntu Image from Dell - 10-29-2008, 07:29 PM

Hi onefish,

Thank you very much for your quick attention!

I now surely understand your instruction. Before getting into the process, it's "must" to obtain the img file from Dell, right? and then follow your instruction.

I'm waiting for my Mini from Dell (it takes nearly a month, damn :P), and it comes with XP.
I'm using Ubuntu on my desktop pc, so I will defenitely try putting Ubuntu to my Mini once I get it, following your instruction.

By the way, this topic is also caught many people's eyes in Japan, too.
They have also found the img file on the Dell's website but seems they could not find how to utilize it.
If you don't mind, would you allow me to share your info with bunch of Japanese Mini freaks :P ?
They will appreciate it for sure.

Finally, I have one more question.
In your reply, you said that "Once again this image does not allow you to install the Dell Ubuntu OS."
Does this mean that it reinstall freshly Ubuntu so that no previously saved data be resotored?
Otherwise, is it correct to understand that the restored Ubuntu is the so-called Ubuntu customized by Dell?

Thanks and thanks again!!
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Default Re: Ubuntu Image from Dell - 10-29-2008, 09:18 PM

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Originally Posted by usutomo
is it correct to understand that the restored Ubuntu is the so-called Ubuntu customized by Dell?
I am wondering the same ?
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Default Re: Ubuntu Image from Dell - 10-29-2008, 09:25 PM

There is a simple way to create an USB boot from file IMG on Windows XP
Use FlashNul
http://shounen.ru/soft/flashnul/
or see this:
http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/...from_USB_stick

Thanks for the news
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Default Re: Ubuntu Image from Dell - 10-31-2008, 10:43 PM

Just thought I would let you all know that the instructions worked out perfectly for me. I like the features of the Dell image vs the standard Gnome desktop so I would recommend it if anyone is interested in it.

Thanks again!
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Default Re: Ubuntu Image from Dell - 11-01-2008, 12:23 AM

Feel free to share this info with any one out on the web.

Once again the img you download from Dell is a Restore image. It is not an Ubuntu 8.04 installer. It removes all data from the drive and copies over all the files in the image so that when its done its the same as having taken a Mini9 out of the box. Like when you first opened it.

This img is the Dell customized version of Hardy Heron 8.04 made specially for the Min9. Everything works. No hardware configuration is necessary.

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Default Re: Ubuntu Image from Dell - 11-01-2008, 12:27 AM

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Originally Posted by libercad
There is a simple way to create an USB boot from file IMG on Windows XP
Use FlashNul
http://shounen.ru/soft/flashnul/
or see this:
http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/...from_USB_stick
I knew a way existed to do this. Libercad... thanks for posting the directions for Windows.


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Default Re: Ubuntu Image from Dell - 11-01-2008, 01:24 AM

To image a bootable USB disk in Windows, I'd recommend the following utility:
http://lubi.sourceforge.net/unetbootin.html

Also, see this post on Dual booting. I tried to give details on the dissection of the Dell Ubuntu image for dual booting:
dell-mini-windows-xp-ubuntu-dual-boot-t602.html
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Default Re: Ubuntu Image from Dell - 11-01-2008, 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by ryanh
To image a bootable USB disk in Windows, I'd recommend the following utility:
http://lubi.sourceforge.net/unetbootin.html

Also, see this post on Dual booting. I tried to give details on the dissection of the Dell Ubuntu image for dual booting:
dell-mini-windows-xp-ubuntu-dual-boot-t602.html
Unetbootin does not work. Tried that first. It does not write an image to a USB drive. It copies the files. There is a difference. The dd command does a block copy like Ghost.


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Default Tried flashnul - Kernal panic - 11-01-2008, 06:31 PM

Hello,

Downloaded Ubuntu restore image, used flasnul to write to USB stick, booted Mini from USB, and get a kernal panic message.

Any help clues ?

Thanks
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Default Re: Ubuntu Image from Dell - 11-14-2008, 08:15 PM

Hi all

Just new to the fourm/site so hi

Interesting to read about the Ubuntu image as my mini came with XP. I only went with the XP option because for the extra £30 you got double the performance spec from the webcam and ram? Very strange.

Anyway, after trying to format a 8gb usb drive to boot in to dos without any luck as FAT16 only supports upto 4gb I came across ntfs.com. If you download the free NTFS reader app it will allow you to boot a USB drive over 4gb http://download2.lsoft.net/NtfsFloppySetup.exe

Once this is done all you have do to is put your restore or ubuntu ghost image on the usb then open up the auotexec.bat and change the READNTFS.EXE to GHOST.EXE this way it will boot ghost for you and you can restore/backup your ghost image.

Hope this help it’s a lot easier than some other methods.
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