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KentBailey

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I tried the sys command which used to work under older operating systems. Any suggestions?

Thanks.
 

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jimvy

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try this. .download Novicorp WintoFlash Software . .you can make your flash drive bootable in windows xp, vista, 7 OS.
 

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CountMike

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If you are going to use it to install windows 7 or 8 a MS tool called "Windows7-USB-DVD-tool" that can be downloaded for free from MS. If not than you can stop it before installs win installation or use it in console mode.
 

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KentBailey

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Linux not Windows!!

Actually I wanted to create a bootable USB disk from a PCLinuxOS .iso file. I have Linux as my alternate operating system on my Windows 8 Computer.

Although I am primarily an avid Microsoft Windows user I have some clients who are Linux users.

Hope I haven't been too much trouble, but I still would like to create a bootable USB drive for the purpose of installing Linux.

Thank you for your trouble and I would appreciate any suggestions you would care to give me.
 

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springshades

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Best bet for making a Linux USB drive from .iso is LinuxLive USB Creator. It's automatic and has only ever given me an issue with one distro which ended up requiring a dd command in a Linux terminal to get going. An alternative in case it doesn't work for some strange reason is UNetbootin, but it's not quite as simple to use.
 

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KentBailey

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I'll try it !

Thanks, I'll get back to you.
 

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KentBailey

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Didn't work!

It looked good, but I tried 2 options to be fair:

(1) Selected the option to format the drive FAT 32. When rebooting the system all I got was,"Verifying DMI Pool Data" and the system just hung until I had to do a ctrl-alt-del to get out of it.

(2) Formatted the drive as exFat using the Windows software. Then ran it again. This time I got,"

Verifying DMI Pool Data
exF
Remove disks or other media
Press any key to restart
(I pressed <enter>) then I got:
Boot from CD:
Boot from CD:
Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and press enter.

(I pressed <enter> and it cycled back to Verifying DMI Pool Data -- )

What do you make of all this.

HELP!
 

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CountMike

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Are you sure you set BIOS to the right boot device, ie. UB or USB CD ?
I use linux Mint for HW testing purposes and it boots on most computers I tried on.
I used "MultiBootUSB-6.4.1" to make USB boot disk from "linuxmint-201303-mate-dvd-64bit.iso". It is a complete system with option to install on a HDD.
 

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springshades

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I did some checking to see if PCLinuxOS has an odd iso that doesn't play well with other software, but I was able to find at least one recent review of someone getting it to work with Linux Live USB Creator, so that doesn't seem to be the case. I guess there is the possibility, since PC Linux OS has so many different options, that one in particular craps out on a USB stick. I know that happened with an Ubuntu where one update like 12.04.1 or something would not work on a USB stick, but all the others would work due to some bug with file names getting cut off early.

It also sounds to me like the BIOS simply isn't pointing at the USB drive. Also, that particular tool won't make a non-UEFI iso into a UEFI USB drive. It relies on the iso itself to be UEFI I believe. If you have a new-ish computer and an old-ish iso, that may be your issue. I don't have an iso of PCLinuxOS, but I have one of Mageia (an extremely similar distro, both are forks of Mandriva), and it seems to have worked just fine with this tool. I don't know if it makes a difference, but I turned off the boot from windows option and the hide files on disk option. I also turned on the format to FAT32 option.
 

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KentBailey

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Got LinuxLive USB Creator to work. Went into linux to format the drive fat32 then ran LiLi in windows. Worked like a charm. Thanks for your patience, everybody.....
 

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    ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series (Microsoft Corporation WDDM v 1.1)

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