Installing Ubuntu 6.10 from USB

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Install syslinux and mtools.

Get the mini.iso for example from here

Create vfat on your usb-pen

  • mkfs.vfat /dev/sda1

Run syslinux, maybe with "-s"

  • syslinux /dev/sda1

Mount the mini.iso

  • mount -o loop ./mini.iso /media/loop

Mount the pen to e.g. /media/sda1

Copy all the files to the pen

  • cp -a /media/loop/* /media/sda1

Rename isolinux.cfg to syslinux.cfg

  • mv /media/sda1/isolinux.cfg /media/sda1/syslinux.cfg

Now you should be able to boot from the pen and install ubuntu. For my X60s the drive should be set from ahci to compatible in the bios.

PS: I'm very sorry for this stupid looking guide, but I wanted to write it down, so it doesn't get lost. I got to know about it, through a remark from this page - I haven't found a better and simpler way to install ubuntu from a usb pen.