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Booting Ubuntu installer off flash

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I was trying to setup a buddy’s old laptop to run Ubuntu and wviewweather, and having no luck because his CD-ROM drive was flaky. So i found this great utility (OK, google found it) that sets up a USB flash drive so that it will boot as if it were the CD-ROM. This is: UNetbootin. Tell it where to find the ISO, tell it where your flash is, and ta-dah! Great utility.

No, copying the files from the ISO onto blank USB memory stick doesn’t work, in case you were wondering…

To give a little more detail, wview now supports a very inexpensive weather station, the La Crosse 2310 (I bought it for $120 including shipping off eBay). This is great for those who want to participate in CWOP and can’t afford or don’t want to spend the money to get a $400+ Davis Vantage weather station, and have an old PC with a serial port lying around.

By Dave

He was born in Canada, but currently lives in Boulder, CO up in Boulder Heights.

2 replies on “Booting Ubuntu installer off flash”

Nice find…..
I was looking for something like this a few months back to put a Knoppix CD ISO on a USB. Hewlett-Packard offered such a utility once (a really nice one), but then pulled it from their website. But if you search the web for “SP27608.exe”, you may find a copy.

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