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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 11-07-2008, 06:31 PM

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No need to do that any longer. Just do an apt-get-upgrade and a new package from Dell will get installed that will do the resize after a reboot.
Yeah, I noticed - however, I wanted to add a swap partition and a separate /home partition... My question was to sort out if the installer gave you options.

Turns out, it's a wipe-and-reinstall system. No options at all.

So, I used my trusty gparted CD to boot the little gizmo, resized the /dev/sda2 partition down, created my new partitions and am configuring hibernation right now. Thanks for the pointers!


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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 11-08-2008, 05:23 AM

What are my options for installing from within windows. I know that 8.04.1 does this--how much has to be done to 04.1 to get it to work fine on the mini. I am so clueless when it comes to this it isn't even funny.
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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 11-08-2008, 05:52 AM

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What are my options for installing from within windows. I know that 8.04.1 does this--how much has to be done to 04.1 to get it to work fine on the mini. I am so clueless when it comes to this it isn't even funny.
Are you asking how to install Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy from within XP? You can't. Backup your XP install. Then boot off an Ubuntu Intrepid 8.10 Live CD and click on install from the desktop. Its that simple. Everything works just fine. Follow the guide here: www.ubuntumini.com.


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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 11-08-2008, 03:18 PM

Am I missing something, or did Dell remove or move the Ubuntu 8.04 restore image? I could swear it was there just a few days ago, but I didn't have my mini yet so was waiting to download it. The only choices when I go to Dell's support site for the Mini under Operating Systems are "WindowsXP" or "BIOS". On another note: My mini came with 2 discs - Ubuntu 8.04+ LTS DVD and Dell Drivers and Utilities. Does this mean if I re-image with my DVD (the 1st one) will I then have to install a bunch of apps, or does the 1st DVD contain the 2nd DVD?

Thanks from a brand new mini owner.

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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 11-08-2008, 06:18 PM

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Am I missing something, or did Dell remove or move the Ubuntu 8.04 restore image? I could swear it was there just a few days ago, but I didn't have my mini yet so was waiting to download it. The only choices when I go to Dell's support site for the Mini under Operating Systems are "WindowsXP" or "BIOS". On another note: My mini came with 2 discs - Ubuntu 8.04+ LTS DVD and Dell Drivers and Utilities. Does this mean if I re-image with my DVD (the 1st one) will I then have to install a bunch of apps, or does the 1st DVD contain the 2nd DVD?

Thanks from a brand new mini owner.

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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 11-14-2008, 01:17 AM

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sudo dd if=/path_to_restore_image/restore_image.img of=/path_to_your_USB_key bs=1024 (such as /dev/sdc/)
o.k. for a real-newbie question: how do I figure out what the path is to the source (it's on an SD card in the slot) and the destination (thumbdrive). I seem to be stuck.

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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 11-14-2008, 04:36 PM

Question about the restore image that is on the CD... does it completely restore the drive to like it was when I bought it or does it just reinstall the operating system? I am just curious about whether or not I am going to have to reinstall drivers if I decide to restore my system. Since this Linux is being a learning experience I might want to do a fresh install at some point just for the heck of it.


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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 11-14-2008, 05:19 PM

I went through these steps after getting confused about having to have the drive unmounted if you execute from the command line vs mounted from imagewriter. It took a while, wrote a bunch of files to my usb thumbdrive (PNY Attache 2G), but when I reboot, and choose to boot from usb, I get "no bootable partition in table". Is there some extra step I have to take to make it active or bootable?

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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 11-14-2008, 06:31 PM

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o.k. for a real-newbie question: how do I figure out what the path is to the source (it's on an SD card in the slot) and the destination (thumbdrive). I seem to be stuck.
1 - Plug in both the SD card with the image, and the thumb drive.
2 - open a terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal)
3 - type the command df -h and look at the output

The column that begins with /dev is the hardware device (for example, when i plug in my thumbdrive, it shows up as /dev/sdc1), and the column that begins with /media is the absolute path of where it's installed on the filesystem.

My thumbdrive is named CORSAIR, so, the hardware is /dev/sdc1 and it is mounted on /media/CORSAIR. My SD card hardware /dev/mmcssd0p1 mounts to /media/disk.

So, for me, the commandline would read:

sudo dd if=/media/disk/name-of-restore-image.img of=/dev/sdc1

Before running this command, be sure to unmount the thumbdrive! (You can just right-click it's icon -> Unmount.) You want to write the image to the raw device, not it's mount point.

I hope this helps


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Default Re: How-to get the Dell restore img to boot from a USB key - 11-14-2008, 06:34 PM

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Question about the restore image that is on the CD... does it completely restore the drive to like it was when I bought it or does it just reinstall the operating system?
Either method of restoring from Dell is a fire-and-forget kind of affair. No questions except the obligatory "Are you certain? You can loose data..."


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