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June 11, 2011, 06:13:56 PM
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Building a new system and wanted to boot from a thumbdrive using LinuxCoin.
Only other storage device connected is a blank SSD drive (which will ultimately be configured as the main boot device).

I read the OP from this thread about LinuxCoin:
http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=7374.msg108351#msg108351

1....downloaded the LinuxCoin.iso file and moved/saved it to a thumbe drive.
2.... Inserted thumbdrive into any USB port and attempted boot. I get the error:

"No bootable device, press any key to reset."

What step am I missing?

Observations:
When installed, the USB flash drive is found/listed under Advanced BIOS features, and selectable under the boot sequence.
When not installed, the USB flash is not found when looking in the same.
I treid two USB ports. Trying one of the USB ports (whihc read "SATA"Huh) the SSD drive was not longer found on attempted bootup. It was found after USB flash drive was removed.
Using MSI ...GD70 MoBo & Anthlon II cpu.

Any help educating me on this [new to me] process would be appreciated.  Smiley
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June 11, 2011, 06:17:55 PM
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You can't just move it onto it.
You need to copy all the data in it onto the pen drive, and then extract the MBR of the ISO and write that to the flash drive as its block 0/MBR
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June 11, 2011, 06:37:13 PM
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Ah! Thanks Future Man. I'm partly on track now....but... How is that done?

I don't know how to open it or extract an "MBR". All I can see is that when I click it, a program (Nero or Windows Disk Image Burner) want to burn an image to a CD or DVD...no options found to open it and extract data (MBR?). Also, no option to write to anything other than a CD.
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June 11, 2011, 09:24:32 PM
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Use this guide
http://www.infosecramblings.com/backtrack/backtrack-4-usbpersistent-changesnessus/
except for the second partition name choose live-rw instead of casper-rw
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June 12, 2011, 09:22:22 AM
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Thank you MeWantsBitCoins.
I had to run around the net looking for how to sovle this earleir today, and eventually found out that unetbootin could help. I downloaded it and it was very easy along with the instructions. Success on booting the rig.

However, the link you provided is good since it seems to get more invovled in the setup. I am new to Linux, and am interested in learning...hands on is probably the way to go to accomodate that.

Thanks again!

BTW: Is that your cat?
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June 12, 2011, 04:11:55 PM
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Thank you MeWantsBitCoins.
I had to run around the net looking for how to sovle this earleir today, and eventually found out that unetbootin could help. I downloaded it and it was very easy along with the instructions. Success on booting the rig.

However, the link you provided is good since it seems to get more invovled in the setup. I am new to Linux, and am interested in learning...hands on is probably the way to go to accomodate that.

Thanks again!

BTW: Is that your cat?

No, thats him Wink
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