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#1 OFFLINE   mhbell

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 12:25 AM

Here is what I tried to copy a MX-16_x64.iso to a USB stick

I tried USB Creator Would not boot. I tried USB Image writer, still no go. I then turned to DD which I was able to get the job done and it would boot up to a crappy screen and would not go any further. I tried all of this in Linux Mint. I have done other Debian type OS's using the above with no problems, but no go with MX-16. So I went to Windows 10 and Downloaded RUFUS and had absolutely no problem and it was fast easy peesy. I have found a couple of Linux programs that run better faster and work in Windows 10 compared to Linux. Why? Why would copying a ISO to a USB Stick work in Windows 10 and not in Linux? Can someone in the forum shed some light on this? BTW I am using MX-16 using the usb stick that I did in windows 10. I am Mad.
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Posted 20 February 2017 - 10:53 AM

There seems to be a number of problems with MX-16 ISO transfer to USB. I ended up making my copy in Windows 10 with another program called Linux Live USB creator. This usually works OK but when I tried booting in a VM I got "gfxboot.c32: not a COM32R image," I typed "Live" and then I was able to boot and install.
Note: I have old machines with MBR partitions and no UEFI. Linux Mint's USB creator failed me. I didn't try the DD command line approach.
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Posted 20 February 2017 - 12:12 PM

I recently did a dd of a 32 bit MX-16 to a usb and it worked just fine. I also did a dd of a 64 bit MX-16 to a usb and it throws up " isolinux.bin missing or corrupt ".  I checked the 64 bit with MD5 and it shows ok and I have tried twice to write with dd to the usb with no success.
Both the 32 and 64 bit were written from a MX-15 installed os.

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I have installed MX-16 32 bit on my old Dell and it runs very well.

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 01:22 PM

Thanks everyone for your thoughts and replies. For awhile I thought maybe I was doing something wrong. I also have MX-16_x64 on DVD and it worked OK. Guess MX-16 is not ready for prime time.
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Posted 20 February 2017 - 02:05 PM

writing ISO images to USB sticks can be dodgy for me also.  I have had success with Etcher, though.  If you're interested, here's a link to know more:

http://www.omgubuntu...nux-open-source

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 02:34 PM

View PostHedon James, on 20 February 2017 - 02:05 PM, said:

writing ISO images to USB sticks can be dodgy for me also.  I have had success with Etcher, though.  If you're interested, here's a link to know more:

http://www.omgubuntu...nux-open-source
I have done it several times and have never had a problem using all of the different methods but mostly using DD in Linux, and Rufus if in widows. The thing that gets me is the fact that many so called linux programs Work better in Windows than in Linux. also the MX-16_x64 Transfer to a USB stick worked flawless in Windows 10 using Rufus with no problems. Why did it work using Windows 10 and not in Linux? That is what makes me mad.  Firefox for me works faster and better for me in Windows 10 than in Linux, so does Thunderbird. It makes me wonder if the Dev's are making the same program better for Windows than Linux...
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Posted 20 February 2017 - 06:58 PM

View Postmhbell, on 20 February 2017 - 02:34 PM, said:

I have done it several times and have never had a problem using all of the different methods but mostly using DD in Linux, and Rufus if in widows.
I've had varying success using both methods. Rufus seems to work well proving you use DD mode. Also had chronic failures but MX was not one of them. Failed several times trying to get a good bootable siduction installer. Sometimes it works on one USB stick but not another.
With dd in Linux, a common mistake is installing to a partition rather than the raw device. Delete any partitions first and make sure to write to /dev/sdx rather than /dev/sdx1. Also best to use sync to make sure it's finished writing before returning to command prompt.
dd if=<file> of=<device> bs=4M; sync

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It makes me wonder if the Dev's are making the same program better for Windows than Linux...
It would surprise me if the same program on different platforms performed the same, given the vast differences. I find Win 10 to be annoyingly efficient at some things, disk space usage not being one of them. :whistling: :wacko:  Some programs definitely work better on Linux though. Firefox is about the same for me.
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Posted 21 February 2017 - 06:12 AM

Hello,

Generally, when I experience issues like this it is either problem with partitioning on the USB flash drive (no partition set as active) or a problem with the boot sector on the active disk volume.  The ISOLINUX.BIN issue, though, sounds to me like it just may be an out-of-date version?  I normally use Rufus myself under Windows, and one of the nice things is that it checks for ISOLINUX.BIN version mismatch issues (or at least some of them).

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 06:51 AM

View Postgoretsky, on 21 February 2017 - 06:12 AM, said:

Hello,

Generally, when I experience issues like this it is either problem with partitioning on the USB flash drive (no partition set as active) or a problem with the boot sector on the active disk volume.  The ISOLINUX.BIN issue, though, sounds to me like it just may be an out-of-date version?  I normally use Rufus myself under Windows, and one of the nice things is that it checks for ISOLINUX.BIN version mismatch issues (or at least some of them).

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Thanks I tried a newer version of the distro .iso but it never worked either. Seems I am having problems with the 64bit version only as the 32bit worked just fine. I have too much to do at the moment so after trying a few times I have thrown in the towel on this one.
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