#1 Tuxboot fails to create bootable USB image for GParted Live 0.7.1-1

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nobody
2016-03-18
2010-12-29
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After using Tuxboot 20101224 to create a USB flash drive with GParted
Live stable (0.7.1-1), the USB flash drive failed to boot. Following
are the steps I used and comments:

ATTEMPT A

1) I started with a working USB flash drive with System Rescue CD
version 1.6.3

2) Next I downloaded GParted Live stable 0.7.1-1 .iso file

3) Then I started Tuxboot and chose the option to use the .iso file.

4) Then I clicked on the button to start the process.

5) When prompted if I wanted to overwrite some already existing files,
I chose "Yes to All".

6) When the process was complete, I rebooted the computer with the
USB flash drive still inserted.

7) The computer booted to a screen that listed details about Syslinux
including the version. Unfortunately nothing happened after this
point, even if I pressed keys such as "Enter".

My guess is that this problem might be related to the GParted Live
image using vmlinuz1 instead of the normal vmlinux file, but this is
just a guess.

ATTEMPT B

For my next attempt I used GParted for reformat the existing FAT32
file system on the USB flash drive. After reformatting, I used steps
2, 3, 4, and 6. When the computer booted, I was shown the following text
on the screen:

 This is not a bootable disk.  Please insert a bootable floppy and
 press any key to try again ...

ATTEMPT C

For my third attempt I tried selecting the Tuxboot option to download
the current GParted Live image without saving of the .iso file. I
then started tuxboot and used steps 4, 5, and 6. When the computer
booted I was again presented with the following text:

 This is not a bootable disk.  Please insert a bootable floppy and
 press any key to try again ...

ATTEMPT D

For my fourth attempt, I thought I would try using all of the default
settings of Tuxboot. This meant using the "Clonezilla Live stable"
download option. I started tuxboot and used steps 4, 5, and 6. When
the computer booted I was again presented with the following text:

 This is not a bootable disk.  Please insert a bootable floppy and
 press any key to try again ...

After all of these attempts I booted back into my kubuntu 8.04 LTS OS
and used GParted to check the USB flash drive. I confirmed that the
file system was still FAT32, and that the "boot" flag was set on the
partition. Previously I have successfully used this 512 MB SanDisk
Mini Cruzer USB flash drive by following the manual instructions for
installing GParted Live.

I can provide more information if you need, and I can also try out
different options that you suggest.

Discussion

  • Anonymous - 2010-12-30

    I ran Tuxboot on GNU/Linux. Specifically kubuntu 8.04.4 LTS if that helps.

     
  • Anonymous - 2011-01-05

    My testing with ubuntu 8.04 in a virtual machine had the same result. The USB stick would not properly boot and stopped at a screen displaying the syslinux version.

    Hence there does appear to be a problem with using tux-boot-9 on Ubuntu 8.04.

    This is indeed a weird problem.

    On a possibly related topic, unetbootin was not available as a package on ubuntu 8.04. I think it first became available on November of 2008 which would make it a candidate for ubuntu 9.04. Perhaps there was a technical reason why it wasn't available as a package earlier. This is just a wild guess though as I have nothing to back up this theory.

    Unetbootin Package for Ubuntu:
    http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/unetbootin

    Unetbootin Package ChangeLog for Ubuntu:
    http://changelogs.ubuntu.com/changelogs/pool/universe/u/unetbootin/unetbootin_408-1/changelog

     
  • Anonymous - 2011-06-02

    Problem is still in ubuntu 10.04, had to start winxp to use tuxboot :S

     
  • Anonymous - 2011-02-04

    Hi Curtis,
    No problem. Yes, let's wait to see if anyone will report the same problem or not.
    Thanks.

    Steven.

     
  • Anonymous - 2014-04-01

    hi. i have the same problem. no way to make usb stick- gparted to boot. i made the same steps like steven. ( lubuntu13)

     
  • Anonymous - 2014-07-12

    I have the same problem. What is weird is that I didn't change the basic tools used to create the bootable stick: it was previously booting with the same USB stick, the same OS (Win7 x64) and the same OS configuration.

    The only thing I did is to install a bootable Windows 8.1 version on the USB stick using Rufus with GPT for UEFI and FAT32.

    Then I tried to install again tuxboot (Clonezilla) on the same USB stick and it never succeeded in creating a bootable stick, even after a full format of the stick to FAT32.

     
  • Anonymous - 2014-07-13

    Follow-up on the post above: tried routes A to D as above on Windows 8.1 and 7, with 486 and 686 PAE versions (stable versions of clonezilla), UEFI and legacy bios boot. No way for tuxboot to create a bootable stick. I'm always getting the message:

     This is not a bootable disk.  Please insert a bootable floppy and press any
     key to try again ...
    

    Next I downloaded the ISO file and installed it using Rufus with GPT for UEFI, FAT32 and 4k cluster size. Of course this worked and the stick was bootable.

    Issue therefore doesn't seem not to be with the tuxboot files themselves (clonezilla, gparted, etc) but with the third step related to the bootloader installation I guess. Something has changed recently I guess. But I have no clue why it is now failing on that USB stick for both UEFI and legacy boot. It was previously working well on both bios boot configuration without having to care about these settings. Unfortunately I do not have another stick (!) to test on atm.

     
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    Anonymous - 2015-07-15

    I had the same issue as the above users. Finally solved it by formatting the USB drive with NTFS using the LONG format option. Then ran tuxboot with the i586 distro and everything started to work. Not sure why the long format worked over the quick one, but its working and thats the bottom line.

     
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    Anonymous - 2015-08-06

    I have the same bootloader failure. Saw the post above, and thought 'Great...let's try that.' Dang it, still didn't work....keep getting that bootloader failure.

     
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    Anonymous - 2015-09-17

    I had the same problem After formatting the USB with gparted FAT32 and installing tuxboot again the disk booted fine

     
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    Anonymous - 2015-12-23

    I'm having the same problem with tuxboot. None of the above worked.

     
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    Anonymous - 2016-03-18

    try a smaller partition on the pendrive

     


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