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    Default Installation on USB thumb drive rants...

    Hi all,

    I've got a 32Gb Hi-speed USB thumb drive that I'd like to partially use for BT. By that, I mean that I want to preserve a majority of the space for my files and stuff without cluttering it with BT files and such. Thus I deviated from the guide for creating a persisting installation.

    I created one 22Gb FAT32 partition and one 8Gb'ish EXT3 partition, syncing down all files to it. Installed the GRUB boot loader OK, pointing to the EXT3 partition.

    Rebooted, loaded the GRUB menu OK. Everything seems fine momentarily. However, after a short while booting, I end up stuck with the ash shell: (initramfs)
    Stuck!

    I figure that somewhere some conf is pointing statically to a wrong partition or something. True? Or is it due to my deviation from the guide that states one FAT partition for the files from the ISO and one EXT3 partition (I'm not clear on what that partition is for. Persisting files?).

    I'm not quite used to ramfs stuff...

    Any ideas in how to solve this?

    Best regards
    /T

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    Default Re: Installation on USB thumb drive rants...

    You solve it by following the guide.
    To be successful here you should read all of the following.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archangel-Amael View Post
    You solve it by following the guide.
    Unfortunately following the guide produces the error he is experiencing. I am getting the same issue and it seems my system doesn't like the casper/squash filesystem Unetbootin uses. I have an i7 system on a laptop, and these new processors don't seem to play nice with this live distro via USB on laptops, based on the forum threads anyhow. That's a shame, but at least the VM works.

    I have not tried booting from a DVD or on a different system. I have booted from the iso in VirtualBox and also did a persistant VM install, so I know the iso is fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Archangel-Amael View Post
    You solve it by following the guide.
    Since I can't edit my other message, I need to correct myself on a statement I made. Unetbootin doesn't use casper, BT does.

    My system can't mount that file.
    Last edited by Archangel-Amael; 10-06-2010 at 05:50 PM.

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