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#1 2013-05-11 10:40:33

meni
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Registered: 2013-05-11
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Installing Crunchbang 11 from a USB stick - issue.

Hello everyone, I'm trying to install the latest stable version of #! on my old Thinkpad T42.
I previously had version 10 installed, but today the hdd with it died on me. I've got a different hdd but it only fits in the place for the optical drive, so i can't install the new version from CD. My second computer has Win7 installed, and I used Win32DiskImager to place the image of the OS on my 4gb usb stick.
The installation boots up fine on my laptop, and the installation seems to work too.
The problem is that it wants me to mount the CD, which is impossible since as I said above I do not have a CD drive.
I have found other people with similar problem, but I could not understand the solution because I either did not have a second Linux installation or I simply did not know how to do it. I am new to Linux, so could anyone please help, or at least point me in the right direction? Is it possible to do this without a CD drive? Thank you.

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#2 2013-05-11 11:40:52

xaos52
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From: Planet of the @s
Registered: 2011-06-24
Posts: 4,602

Re: Installing Crunchbang 11 from a USB stick - issue.

When the installer tries to load the components of the cdrom, it will fail. Now, open a TTY by executing Ctrl + Alt + F2, and mount the USB in /cdrom as follows:

mount /dev/sdX /cdrom

Where sdX should correspond to your device. Sometimes it can fail to mount the USB drive. If it doesn't work for you, then try to unplug the USB and plug it again. It should work.

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#3 2013-05-11 11:47:27

meni
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Re: Installing Crunchbang 11 from a USB stick - issue.

xaos52 wrote:

Where sdX should correspond to your device.

How would I find out what i need to insert here? Sorry if this is a stupid question.

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#4 2013-05-11 12:22:02

xaos52
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From: Planet of the @s
Registered: 2011-06-24
Posts: 4,602

Re: Installing Crunchbang 11 from a USB stick - issue.

Try

dmesg | grep sd

and look at the sizes reported. The one reporing 4GB is the one to use.

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#5 2013-05-11 12:37:45

fatmac
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Registered: 2012-11-14
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Re: Installing Crunchbang 11 from a USB stick - issue.

@meni
No genuine question is stupid, we all had to start some where.  smile


Linux since 1999
Currently:  AntiX, & Crunchbang.
A good general beginners book for Linux :- http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
A good Debian read :- http://debian-handbook.info/get/now/

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#6 2013-05-11 12:48:31

meni
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Re: Installing Crunchbang 11 from a USB stick - issue.

I think I'm giving up.

dmesg | grep sd

gives out a heap of information which means nothing to me, with no 4GB anywhere. Although 100GB which is my hdd is reported.
Edit: I'll try a different stick and see if there is any difference.
Edit 2: Different stick, same results.

Last edited by meni (2013-05-11 13:02:59)

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#7 2013-05-11 13:57:11

xaos52
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From: Planet of the @s
Registered: 2011-06-24
Posts: 4,602

Re: Installing Crunchbang 11 from a USB stick - issue.

OK. try this then

dmesg | grep sd|grep blocks

. Should limit the output even further.

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#8 2013-05-11 14:38:56

meni
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Re: Installing Crunchbang 11 from a USB stick - issue.

This is what I get when I type it in:

[                         2.662874] sd 1:0:0:0:  [sda]  195371568 512-byte logical blocks: (100 GB/93.1 GiB)

The amount of spaces is an estimate of course.

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#9 2013-05-11 15:16:27

xaos52
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From: Planet of the @s
Registered: 2011-06-24
Posts: 4,602

Re: Installing Crunchbang 11 from a USB stick - issue.

Remove the stick with the install system and insert it again.
Run the dmesg command again. It should have added your stick now.

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#10 2013-05-11 15:30:51

meni
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Re: Installing Crunchbang 11 from a USB stick - issue.

It doesn't add it. I'm sorry.

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#11 2013-05-12 09:27:20

fatmac
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Registered: 2012-11-14
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Re: Installing Crunchbang 11 from a USB stick - issue.

I think I remember some one else solving this problem, but can't remember the post.

What they did was to change into a virtual terminal by pressing alt+F2, from there they mounted /dev/cdrom to the pendrive, so it may work for your situation.

Try mounting /dev/sdb1 on /dev/cdrom, then return to the install screen by pressing alt+F1, & continue the install from there.


Linux since 1999
Currently:  AntiX, & Crunchbang.
A good general beginners book for Linux :- http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
A good Debian read :- http://debian-handbook.info/get/now/

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