A live CD is a CD or DVD containing a bootable, instantly usable copy of an operating system. They are popular for installing Linux distributions and useful for accessing data on systems that don't boot properly.

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Is it possible to take ANY ISO image file and make a boot USB key?

I've done this countless times with Windows 7 installations: booted the image from a USB key and installed. No problem. I want to do this with a FreeNAS 0.7.2 live CD, but I am having the hardest ...
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g++ in Knoppix 6 LiveCD

To avoid the inevitable, let me put this in context. I am instructing an Intro to Unix course this semester and the students are using Knoppix 6.4.3 off the LiveCD. They are not required to install ...
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Help remembering name of boot CD (maybe it wasn't a live CD)

I am struggling to remember the name of a boot CD I have since lost the disc for. It was great for cloning discs, and resetting passwords. It's NOT the UBCD4Win, and it defos wasn't Knoppix. I have ...
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Unix/BSD/Linux distro livecd without a desktop

Unix/BSD/Linux distro LiveCD without a desktop. Are there any pre-spun distros out there of something unix-ish that doesn't have a desktop? Or maybe just a tabbed/tiling window manager. A plus would ...
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FreeBSD 8.1 on MacBook 5,2

I've been trying to dual-boot FreeBSD 8.1 with Mac OS X on my MacBook (5,2), but am having trouble trying to get the live cd to boot. I reach the FreeBSD Boot Loader Screen with the options for boot, ...
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Making fdisk see software RAID 0

I am following http://grub.enbug.org/Grub2LiveCdInstallGuide and I am using software RAID 0. I am using Ubuntu 10.10 LiveCD and is trying to restore grub2 after installing Windows 7 in another ...
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Linux Live CD for old computer

I have a pentium II (that's right, pentium II) with a scant 200MB of ram. This was a high-end workstation in it's day. The machine currently runs dos on a raid array, and I need to pull some data ...
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How to create custom Live CD with upgraded linux-image kernel?

I'm following this tutorial to customize a Live CD, http://www.debuntu.org/how-to-customize-your-ubuntu-live-cd I have prepared the rootfs in a new created ext4 partition, after remove/install ...
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Fastest booting Linux ditribution on a live-cd

I'm looking for a linux distro with the following: Boots quickly, as fast as possible. Has expected tools such as file browser, a web browser, etc. Doesn't need to have extraneous recovery stuff ...
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OpenVMS packaged on a thumb drive?

I am looking for OpenVMS distribution on a thumb drive for a PC. I image it would be a Linux system that automagicly starts a VAX simulator then boots OpenVMS on that. Either it would run live off of ...
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Live tools for hard disk check, repair and reformat

In the old days, I had a floppy with CHCKDSK and other tools for checking hard disk failures, repairing them and, if necessary, reformating them. I recently tried to reinstall XP on an old computer, ...
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How to boot Fedora Live CD iso from a Hard Drive?

I tried to use Grub to boot the Fedora 14 Live CD from its ISO image (SHA256 verified) on the hard drive. I put Fedora-14-x86_64-Live-Desktop.iso in the root directory of the FAT32 partition D: ...
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Linux Live CD: Flash preinstalled?

I need to create a Linux Live CD that has the newest version of Flash pre-installed. How can I do this or find a distro with this? The flavor of Linux doesn’t matter, so long as I can run Flash ...
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Multiboot liveCD with custom ISOs

I want to create one bootable DVD, on which I would love to have Truecrypt rescueCD Ubuntu 10.10 liveCD DBAN I have ISOs of all of above. Do you have any idea how to acomplish so?
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Bootable Windows USB drive with custom application [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Can I boot and run windows XP from a USB flash memory stick? How to run windows 7 from a USB thumb drive I want to run an application dealing with sensitive ...
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how to determine underlying problems in a laptop with dying hard disk

I have a laptop with a dying hard disk. Linux said so when I booted using live cd of linux mint. But how do I know if there's an underlying problem. For example, problems in the gpu. Which might make ...
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Set keymap on LiveCD

With VmWare Workstation 7.1 here, I'm having trouble with BackTrack 4 Live CD. For some reason, the mouse won't right-click where it appears to be. This would be due to VmWare tools not being ...
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How can I convert a mpeg to a avi file using a linux live cd?

Is any linux live cd distro for converting movies from mpeg to avi formats ?
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Ubuntu livecd hangs - unable to access my laptop

My Acer Aspire Laptop is unbootable. I'm trying to reinstall Ubuntu 10.04.1. Boot options accessible OK via F2. In fact, it still leads me into the olg grub2 menu, but I can't use any of the options ...
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Linux livecd antivirus that doesn't need internet connection

I'm looking for a bootable (livecd) cd that will perform an antivirus scan on a computer without needing an internet connection. It should have its latest virus signatures included so I can simply ...
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run a script on startup in an ISO without remastering?

Is it possible to mount a partition on the hard drive that somehow is also scanned along with rc.local (or wherever the appropriate startup files go)? I want to boot a live image and have something ...
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How can I restore GRUB without a live CD?

I realize that this is a duplicate of a question asked before, but in that question the asker managed to find his live CD and no real answer appeared, thus I am re-asking it. I managed to screw up my ...
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Bootable disk ? how can I create them? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tools to create bootable USB from bootable CD hi My friend today gave me a bootable cd that have lots of bootable applications is there a program a simple one to create ...
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Hardware digital signature

Is it possible to show how generate a digital signature, a checksum, or something along those lines based on your computer hardware using an Ubuntu Live CD? So, once the first digital signature is ...
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how to protect hard disk data from a live cd? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Risk to native OS from Live CD? when booted from linux live cd, all partitions of hard disk become accessible without any restriction. How to block this?
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Virtual PC - How to convert .nrg file to .vhd

I have a live cd of linux. named Knoppix. I want to run it as a virtual OS on my windows. I have installed windows xp on my PC. And I am using "Microsoft Virtual PC" for using Virtual OS. What My ...
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diagnose Linux boot problem with a live CD

I have a system running debian that won't boot after a kernel upgrade. I've tried several things on the system to get it to skip steps to boot, to no avail. I'm running a live CD on it now, and I ...
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Can I remove Windows malware using a Linux live CD?

I managed to break my office PC which is running Windows 7 and, rather than take the fight to the components while they are still more or less able to exercise at least some sort of control over the ...
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ISO for a “utility” live Linux CD

I'm looking for an small ISO for making a live CD. I need all the usual linux command line stuff (ls, dd, nc, fsck, etc.) but almost nothing more. A really stripped GUI would be nice but I can live ...
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How do LiveCD's know which drivers to use?

Are there restrictions on what type of computer you can use a LiveCD in? If not, how can the LiveCD know and have all the drivers for your hardware, especially if it's not connected to the internet?
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Blank CD less space than there actually is (mac)

I just bought a TDK HC-R90 Recordable blank CD that's supposedly 800 MB, but when I put it in my Macbook, Finder says there's only 100 MB available. WTF? I'm trying to burn the 575.8 MB Anonym.OS ...
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How to make a Windows 7 live cd

Do you have any idea on how to create a live cd for windows 7? I tried Bart pe but I think its only for Windows xp. And when I tried it to create a live cd for xp. And booted the iso image created by ...
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Risk to native OS from Live CD?

Will booting from a Live CD (I was thinking Anonym OS) have any risk to the native OS? I wanted to try it out on my school´s computer, but I´d rather not have to explain why I accidentally ...
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Want to install OS from USB instead of CD : How to deal with *.img image files?

I'm on windows. I'm trying DragonflyBSD operating system. as you can see here: http://www.dragonflybsd.org/download/ there are two kinds of images CD (.iso) and USB (.img) files available for ...
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Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid on IBM Thinkpad T41

I tried to boot my T41 from a Ubuntu Lucid liveCD and it worried me. The white text on violet background had green pixels around it. After the splashscreen went away Ubuntu popped an alert that the ...
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Increasing the volume of sound on Backtrack 4

The sound on Backtrack 4 is too low, I am running a live CD but can't seem to find the volume knob.
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Ubuntu 10.04 live cd keyboard problem

Today I downloaded the Ubuntu 10.04 x64 .iso but when trying it out in live cd the keyboard of both my laptop and a microsoft branded one didn't work. I was planning into installing Ubuntu in a ...
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Windows Boot disc to save files?

Somehow after updating my legit windows 7 OS with no pirated or mod software on my PC i was welcome to a black screen. I popped in my ghost disc and copied the files i need to an external HD. IIRC ...
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Is there a difference between an Ubuntu Live CD and an Ubuntu Install CD

I ordered for an Ubuntu Install CD and obtained a CD by post (Ubuntu 9.10). Is this a Live CD or an Install CD ? What exactly is the definition of a live CD ?
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Replacing notebook SATA hard disk with SSD without reinstalling

So there's a notebook (Lenovo Thinkpad Z61m) with a SATA hard disk, the SATA controller is configured for native AHCI operation & the OS is Windows XP. The hard disk is going to be replaced with ...
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How to get Grub2 to dual boot Windows 2000 and a Bart PE CD?

First, is this possible? Second, how can I install Grub2? Would it be possible to use an Ubuntu Live CD? Third, what Grub2 settings would be needed to achieve this?
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Data recovery for OS X

I've got a Mac that won't boot and I'd like to recover whatever data I can before wiping the hard drive and reinstalling. I'm looking for something similar to TRK (which is Windows-centric) — boot ...
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Weird video problem with Linux variants

I decided recently I wanted to give Linux a go so I first download a Ubuntu boot CD. The boot menu came up fine, and then a glowing Ubuntu logo was in the middle of the screen for a while. Then the ...
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Can't run Ubuntu from disc

When I place the boot CD in my CD drive and boot from it, I get the Ubuntu menu. I have these options Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer Install Ubuntu Check disc for defects Test ...
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How to discern video details from Linux Live CD

I was having trouble getting X.Org to work with the video card in a recently aquired laptop, so I decided to try to probe around the configuration of a Linux Live CD to figure out how to set up my ...
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Live CD with good anti-virus software to scan/repair Windows?

I browsed through the archives, and it seems like there's no live CD from which to run a good, up-to-date anti-virus application, at least to check whether a Windows host has been compromised The ...
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Live Linux CD for burn-in with Bonnie++?

Is there a live linux distro that I can use for burn-in? I'd like something that has Bonnie++ on it. I've found other live CDs that have utilities, but nothing with bonnie++ on it.
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Linux LiveCD (or LiveUSB) with custom xorg.conf

Is there some Live Linux distribution (on CD, DVD or USB), which allow one to use specific xorg.conf file, i.e. specific X11 configuration? The problem I am trying to solve is to find Linux Live ...
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gparted won't boot from liveCD

Fedora 12 2.6.32.9-70.fc12.i686 I downloaded the gparted iso and burnt it to a CD. gparted-live-0.5.2-1 This GParted Live was created by: create-gparted-live -l en -b u -e e -d sid -m ...
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CentOS live CD of current installation

I'm trying to create a live CD of my current CentOS installation. I want it to be almost like a backup, so whenever I want to copy my current installation to another computer I would simply install ...