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Johnnylo Johnnylo is offline
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Default remix download issue - 07-18-2009, 06:35 PM

What am I doing wrong? I am trying to download ubuntu netbook release and place on a thumbdrive to install on my mini 9 (I am installing a new ssd, which I received from Dell, and I don't think it would have the OS preinstalled.) I have a windows machine, which I used to download the img version of unr. I told it to "save file" instead of the default save to winzip. It downloaded to my desktop, but it is still a zip file. I tried to open it, and got a message that "error: internal error processing iso image." So, can I drag the "unzipped" file to a thumbdrive and it will boot my mini 9? Or does it have to be "opened" to be functional? As way of background, I downloaded using foxfire browser. Would it help to download using internet explorer or via unetbootin ? Thanks.
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Default 07-18-2009, 06:47 PM

The .img file that makes up the regular Ubuntu Netbook Remix installer is a drive image. It's not a file to be copied to a USB drive, it's an entire filesystem. You need a special program to write it to a USB drive properly.

To install UNR, find a 1GB (or larger) drive that can be erased. A USB flash drive is the usual choice, but I used a 2GB SD card in a USB reader. Next, follow the instructions here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...n/FromImgFiles.

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Default 07-23-2009, 08:30 PM

Ubuntu Netbook Remix is available only in img. Its designed for installation on a netbook.

An img file is meant to be installed to a USB flash drive. A 2GB SanDisk Cruzer Drive is available from Wal-mart for under $10. When you've downloaded the Ubuntu Network Remix img file, the next step is to download Win32Disk (its free) from Source Forge, extract the contents to their own folder.

After that, insert the USB flash drive into a USB port. Windows will recognize and install the device drivers. Now run WinDisk graphical interface, select the drop down box to the flash drive and locate the file to be written to the flash drive. Select Write. You may get a warning it could corrupt the drive. Ignore it and wait until Windows finishes writing the img file to the flash drive. When finished, click exit on the WinDisk interface to close the program and remove the drive.

Insert the flash drive into the Dell netbook's USB port. Go into the bios to make the netbook boot from the flash drive. Either run the Live CD or select install. Its all very simple. A lot more Linux distros will be written in img rather than iso in the future simply because it can be installed fast to a flash drive.
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