OT:burn - not install to usb

Richard Shaw hobbes1069 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 20 18:04:52 UTC 2010

On Sun, Jun 20, 2010 at 11:52 AM, Mikkel <mikkel at infinity-ltd.com> wrote:
> On 06/20/2010 10:53 AM, Richard Shaw wrote:
>> If dd wrote the image but it does not boot, the problem is likely with
>> your computer not the USB disk. Not all BIOSs support that boot
>> method, or in some cases, particular USB flash drives. I have an old
>> (and for a flash drive I mean OLD) 256MB (not GB) sony flash drive. I
>> don't have a single computer that will boot from it. There's just
>> something the computers don't like about it. Then I have a logo'd
>> giveaway 1GB drive that everything seems to like.
>> Assuming it's not a hardware incompatibility, I would suggest using
>> the livecd method, otherwise you're going to waste a 16GB stick on a
>> ~250MB image.
>> Richard
> I have never had it work to dd a CD image to a USB stick/drive. I
> believe the problem is that the computer looks for the boot loader
> in a different place on a CD then on a USB drive. Now, if you can
> tell the computer that the USB drive is an USB CD drive, then it
> would probably work.

I can't find the page anymore, but it is possible to boot a dd'ed
image directly off a USB drive but the image/ISO has to support it. It
probably makes sure the boot sector/program is in the right place.

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