[clug] Help please - trying to make a USB stick boot

Joshua Rich joshua.rich at gmail.com
Wed Apr 11 06:41:19 MDT 2012

Hi Mike,

You can try using isohybrid from the syslinux package to "fix" the iso
so it can be copied to a USB stick with dd.  See:



Joshua Rich

On 11 April 2012 16:20, Mike Carden <mike.carden at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm trying to help someone fix a broken Grub bootloader on an eepc
> that has USB ports but no optical drive.
> I have a copy of the boot-repair-disk iso from sourceforge and I would
> like to put it on a USB stick and boot the eepc with it.
> If I try to use Ubuntu's usb-creator-gtk to make the stick, it fails
> with an error message 'Invalid version string GNU/Linux' and the
> resulting stick boots to syslinux then stops for lack of a kernel. And
> indeed the .disk/info file inside the boot-repair-disk.iso does
> contain that string. The usb-creator tool is supposed to be
> distro-agnostic but that error would seem to indicate otherwise.
> So I tried to use unetbootin instead to create the stick but it
> complains about some unmet dependencies (things which *are* installed)
> and it fails too.
> So I tried just using dd but that makes a stick which won't boot so I
> guess there is more boot-fu that I need to make that work.
> Ideas anyone?
> Ta,
> MC
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