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Note: This isn't actually a flash disc. It's a microsd plugged into a usb adapter

Ok, sorry about the n00b question. I got the latest distro of ubuntu and I'm trying to create a bootable ubuntu os on my flash disk. It allows me to install with the latest live distro using the "install on a usb drive" option. However, when I boot by hitting f12 and selecting usb hdd in my bios. The ubuntu boots to the main option menu. When I click "Try ubuntu without making chages option it doesn't load. It tries to load for almost 2-3 minutes and comes up with nothing. I get a few errors on the screen and it doesn't load into ubuntu

The weird part is that ubuntu sees it as an sd card and let's me install no problem. You'd think everything would be fine once it modifies the mbr and writes all the necessary files.

I don't have a direct multicard reader built into my system so an adapter is the only way I can go. I'm using this multi card reader here

http://www.meritline.com/showproduct.aspx?...in-usb-port-777

I've always used sd cards into usb adapters so I don't own any flash discs AT ALL.

I'm just plugging the minisd directly into the appropriate slot on the usb multi-reader.

Sorry about the rambling. I'm just a little intimidated by this forum so I guess it's affecting my writing skills.

Any questions or wtf's? Feel free to ask if you don't understand the problem or NEED more info.

Thanks guys and gals!

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That would require a physical install to the hard drive, which would requiring me shrinking my volume using gpart, than installing, than installing grub 2, creating a chainloader.

I mean it allows the install to the card which clearly shows on the live gui ""compact card", creates the mbr, copies the file, and most importantly for saving shit to the drive and not acting like it's "live" ubuntu completes persistence mode.

All goes well until I boot.

If it says all is well than why am I not booting. Getting to 100% and saying your good to go is very misleading. If they don't support sd than they shouldn't have let me install to it.

Really confused here. Seems like all's well.

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Btw, it's saying attempt to load off of ata1 failed.

Is it trying to boot off my hard drive for some retarded reason? Shouldn't it say sdc1?

Here's some info

I hope this helps you guys out. After you get to the ubuntu loading screen. This is the exact error I get

ata1: softreset failed (device not ready)

modprobe: FATAL: Could not load /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/modules.dep: no such file or directory

hub 1-0:1.0: unable to enumerate usb device on port 5 loading please wait...

busybox v1.10.2 (ubuntu 1:1.10.2-2ubuntu7) built in shell (ash)

Enter help for a list of built-in commands

I'm a n00b with this but ata1 seems like it's treating it as the first hard drive and no such file or directory is creepy too.

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After doing some more research it's weird but your suppose to use the regular install if your using a sd card to store the os.

HERE'S THE PROBLEM.

I'm going to have to use grub2 me thinks. I don't know if it's going to install a bootloader onto the sd card. So if it doesn't install a mbr than I'm going to have to use grub2 which means a manual hard install or using some sort of vm within my windows environment. Than again maybe not since it has the install option within windows.

I'll try the easiest method first. Just install regular using ext2 and see if she boots. I'll edit with meh findings until something works.

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Yeah, sounds like Ubuntu can't find the file system. You're wanting to use the LiveCD from your SD card, right? You might want to check out this subform. Also, there's no need to do anything to your HDD if you're wanting to use Grub2, just install it to your SD card's MBR.

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Yeah, sounds like Ubuntu can't find the file system. You're wanting to use the LiveCD from your SD card, right? You might want to check out this subform. Also, there's no need to do anything to your HDD if you're wanting to use Grub2, just install it to your SD card's MBR.

I'm really new to linux and I figured it out. I just did a main install and modified the menu.lst folder BECAUSE THE INSTALLER IS FUK1N RETARDED!

Seriously, how do you install to a drive where you clearly list it and not have your mbr point to that very same drive? THAT'S-FUKED

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I'm really new to linux and I figured it out. I just did a main install and modified the menu.lst folder BECAUSE THE INSTALLER IS FUK1N RETARDED!

Seriously, how do you install to a drive where you clearly list it and not have your mbr point to that very same drive? THAT'S-FUKED

The MBR installed on the SD card does boot the same drive... The init scripts probably just needed a little tweaking. How can you expect everything to work perfectly ever single time? If that were the case, there'd be almost no drive for innovation and improvement, therefor, crippling society and mankind as a whole.

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Hah, welcome to Linux.

Just so this post has a point, though, an SD card (regardless of capacity or physical size) in a card reader is, as far as the computer's concerned, a USB stick, so it'll behave exactly the same as a flash drive.

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Hah, welcome to Linux.

Just so this post has a point, though, an SD card (regardless of capacity or physical size) in a card reader is, as far as the computer's concerned, a USB stick, so it'll behave exactly the same as a flash drive.

Than why won't it boot when I use the create bootable usb option?

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