Can I create a bootlable USB Key with Rebellin ?

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Hi,

Rebellin looks like a really nice Linux Distro. So I would like to try it out.

So I downloaded it in it’s latest version and used Rufus to create a bootable USB stick. This is the procedure I used for my previous Linux installations…

But once the USB Stick is created, if I reboot my laptop into BIOS and select the boot drives, the USB Stick doesn’t even show up ๐Ÿ™

Same result using UNetBootin as advised in your manual.

So I have a simple question : is it possible to create a bootable drive and if so, how ? And why is this not working on my laptop (which is a pretty recent laptop).

Thanks a lot for your answers.

Regards.

P.S. : if I follow the same procedure with Linux Mint, it’s detected and boots.

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Hi,

Linux Mint & Ubuntu 17.04 boot.

LMDE boots also.

Is Rebellin supposed to support UEFI ?

If I select “Legacy” in the BIOS, and then restart asking to display the list of bootable devices, the USB key still doesn’t show up ๐Ÿ™

This is a mystery to me I must say…

Regards.

  • utkarshsevekar
    No. Rebellin doesn’t support UEFI right now. I’m planning to add UEFI in Rebellin v4. I wonder why your laptop is failing to recognize the key… How about using a ReWritable DVD?
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I have similar problem, on my Thinkpad 410 and I get the same result on a Thinkpad Edge. The usb made from UNetbootin is not recognised on boot, then I tried with a simple dd command, now the usb key will boot to startpage but trying to boot the live version fails and after a few second I will be back on the start page.

  • RebelPenguin
    Hi, To solve your problem, there are two things you should really be aware of…. FIRST THING : Before you create the USB Stick with Rebellin with UnetBootin, I really recommend you reformat your drive to FAT32. Even if it is in that format already, some ancient files may be resident and may create a conflict. SECOND THING : Once it’s created, boot into the BIOS of your PC and select “Legacy” asa boot standard. Once it’s done, save the change and reboot into the Boot Device Selection screen… the USB Stick should show up… As far as I am concerned, I have been able to create the stick and to boot from it. But I had no internet connection and my Trackpad wasn’t recognized. So it seems I will have to do without “The Rebellin”… Regards.
  • vilde
    I did a second try now. First I checked the md5sum of my downloaded file (RebellinGnome-64bit.iso) and it was right. Then I used UNebootin to write the image on my (newly formated) usb stick. Rebooted and now it works, I’m writing this from the live Rebellin. The only different from my first try is that this time I remembered to unmount the usb stick before removing it from my computer. Now it works on booth above mentioned computers. As I have 5 computers in my home running sid since more than ten years ago I have done this befoore, don’t know whats was wrong the first time. Anyway, as I don’t like either gnome or mate, I will try Rebellin Linux when I have a time to create a spare partition for Rebellion. I will start with installing xfce to be able to compare with my usual Linux dist, Siduction. I’m no good in programming I’m just a user but I like tho check new dists, special the ones who are based on debian sid.I will came back later and try. And congratulation to get rid of fazzzzebook, I will never join that shit ;)
  • utkarshsevekar
    Thanks RebelPenguin for the answer! I would just like to add some more. The installer has a problem in identifying touchpads. But it works well with a mouse or even with a keyboard (if you’re okay with it). Secondly, there is no need for internet connectivity during installation. In fact, it is recommended that you disconnect during installation. Once the installation is complete and you boot Rebellin for the first time, it will automatically configure itself. You may then re-connect to internet.
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Hi

Rebellin works very well Unetbootin. In fact, I use Unetbootin exclusively to create live usb drives…

Anyway. Let’s do some basic checks:

  1. Make sure your flash drive has been formatted to FAT32
  2. DO NOT use persistence mode. That doesn’t work. So in the section where it asks to specify space to preserve files, make sure it’s zero
  3. Your laptop is UEFI enabled I think. You may have to change the boot mode to legacy or CSM through BIOS. Give this option a try. This is because Rebellin doesn’t support UEFI currently. I’m planning to add UEFI support in the next version.
  4. If it still fails, may be the ISO somehow is faulty. ย You may try downloading Rebellin again.

Let me know how it goes.

– Utkarsh.

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Hi,

My… that was a quick answer !

Anyways the problem is probably not with Rebellin, but with my computer ๐Ÿ™

Key is formatted to fat32. Persistence mode is NEVER used. I’ve tried with several downloads (of the same file or of another version, i.e. from Mate to Gnome).

Everything fails ๐Ÿ™

 

I then tried with other Linux Distros… Here are the results :

  • Point Linux => USB key doesn’t even show in BIOS ;
  • Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 ย => USB Key doesn’t even show in BIOS ;
  • Apricity OS => key shows in BIOS, boot on USB key shows “GRUB” but then only gives a black screen ;
  • Linux Mint 18.1 => boots from USB key without a problem.

Will try to get another USB Key ? Maybe that will work better…

I’ll keep you posted.

 

Regards.

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I doubt it’s your USB key…

Have you checked how many of the failing distros support UEFI? I know, for sure, that Mint supports UEFI as it’s based on Ubuntu. LMDE, I’m not so sure.

Checked for the UEFI/Legacy option in BIOS?

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