Make a USB Boot CD for Linux Mint 6

This USB Boot CD can be used to boot Linux Mint 6 from a USB flash drive on computers with a BIOS that does not support booting from USB. Linux Mint is a remix based on Ubuntu. The USB Boot CD uses a grub bootloader to launch the vmlinuz kernel and initrd from the CD, loading the necessary USB drivers, and then proceeds to locate and extract the compressed filesystem from the flash drive.

Can be used to boot flash drives created using the Linux Mint USB Install via CD or Linux Mint USB Install via Windows tutorials.

USB Boot CD for Linux Mint 6 creation essentials:

  • PC with a BIOS that does not support booting from USB
  • Linux Mint 6 Live CD (not KDE)
  • Working CD Drive and USB Port
  • USB flash drive with Linux Mint 6 preinstalled

Creating a CD to Boot Linux Mint 6 from USB

The following process will enable you to create a Boot CD that can be used to Boot Linux Mint 6 from a USB Flash Drive on systems that do not natively support booting from USB.

  1. Insert the Linux Mint 6 Live CD and restart, booting from the CD
  2. Open a terminal and type mkdir -p usbcdm/boot/grub
  3. Type cp /usr/lib/grub/i386-pc/stage2_eltorito usbcdm/boot/grub
  4. Type gedit usbcdm/boot/grub/menu.lst
  5. Add the following information to your menu.lst file and save it

    title Run Linux Mint 6 from USB DISK
    root (cd)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz file=/cdrom/preseed/mint.seed boot=casper noprompt cdrom-detect/try-usb=true persistent quiet splash
    initrd /boot/initrd.gz
    boot

  6. Type cp /cdrom/casper/vmlinuz ~/usbcdm/boot
  7. Type sudo gedit /etc/initramfs-tools/modules
    Add the following lines to the modules file and click save:

    usbcore
    usb-storage
    uhci_hcd
    ohci_hcd
    ehci_hcd
    sd_mod
    scsi_mod

  8. Type sudo gedit /etc/initramfs-tools/initramfs.conf
    Add the following line to the bottom of the file and click save:

    WAIT=8

  9. Type sudo mkinitramfs -o usbcdm/boot/initrd.gz
  10. Type mkisofs -R -b boot/grub/stage2_eltorito -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table -o usbcdm6.iso usbcdm
  11. Burn the usbcdm6.iso to a CD

Booting from the USB Boot CD for Linux Mint

  1. Shutdown your computer
  2. Insert the USB Boot CD and your Linux Mint flash drive
  3. Set your BIOS or Startup Menu to boot from CD
  4. Start your computer (booting from the CD)

The USB Boot CD should load the necessary USB drivers, detect the filesystem.squashfs on your flash drive, and then proceed to boot Linux Mint 6 from the flash drive.

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