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Tue Nov 1, 2016, 03:38 AM

Linux help needed,.. part two ..issue,... bootable disk

part one.
http://www.discussionist.com/10196234
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my preference now is, Linux Mint, Cinnamon, 64 bit.
preferably on a flash drive memory stick.

for reasons I won't go into,
someone else has to help me with creating the boot disk.

do this, or not?
download a 1.5Gb ..ISO ... file..... (from any of several places)
..and then, load that .ISO. file onto a flash drive.

issue...
is that BOOTABLE????

seems too easy.
how does the BIOS know that it is bootable
and not a ''part of a 'file system'?,
such as just adding a hard drive.

I have a Dell computer, and on startup,
hold down 'F2', and the system goes into
the BIOS settings, which includes the start stuff.

Thanks for your help and understanding.
M41

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Response to M41 (Original post)

Tue Nov 1, 2016, 04:40 AM

1. This is the easiest tool for creating a Linux

bootable USB stick.

https://rufus.akeo.ie/

Once created, restart your Dell, enter the BIOS, go to Advanced Settings, and look for something phrased like Boot Order. Set the first boot device to Flash USB.

I don't know how new or old this Dell is so if USB flash devices are not an option you may be sol. You can see if there is a BIOS update that provides this. But if it is a relatively new machine, this option should be there and easily selected.

Once chosen, exit with saving, let it reboot and you will be in the Mint off your flash drive.

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Response to M41 (Original post)

Tue Nov 1, 2016, 08:57 AM

2. what tm999 said

Just putting the iso on a flash drive won't make it boot. There are tools like mentioned in a previous post that formats and makes it Bootable.

Also if you don't have the option to boot from USB you will have to make a boot disk with a CD or DVD. Since the .iso is 1.5 gb I guess it will have to be a DVD.

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Response to M41 (Original post)

Tue Nov 1, 2016, 10:21 AM

3. From Ubuntu, but this shows how to use Rufus

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