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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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 http://free....
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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 ...
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Chroot from Debian livecd

I'm trying to repair LILO on a Debian server. I'm trying to chroot, with chroot /mnt/boot /etc/csh and I get: chroot: cannot run command '/etc/csh': Permission denied How can I perform a chroot?
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Multiboot DVD with live-cds?

How can I create a multi bootable (with menu) cd/dvd that contains a number of live cds? Is there any "easy" way of doing this? Isolinux is the way to go I guess, but is there any tool available for ...
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How to roll-your-own live CD for safe home browsing

I'm interested in booting-off-flash (i.e. like livecd) for more secure online banking at home. I like System Rescue CD, but AFAIK it doesn't have the wifi drivers. (These are convenient) Ubuntu ...
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Why would BitDefender Bootable Rescue CD be able to identify but unable to fix or delete malware?

Why would BitDefender Bootable Rescue CD (and loads of other Rescue CDs too) be able to identify but unable to fix or delete malware? It can however put it into quarintine. And what happens when the ...
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What's the proper way to prepare chroot to recover a broken Linux installation?

This question relates to questions that are asked often. The procedure is frequently mentioned or linked to offsite, but is not often clearly and correctly stated. In an objective to concentrate ...
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Full Backup & Restore for Windows Vista

I'm looking for a freeware or low cost application that will backup everything, including registry on Windows Vista Home Premium and to restore from a CDROM disk. The destination is an external hard ...
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How to make a boot profile permanent?

I have a Finnix live CD. I can customize it by remastering it. When I boot with the live CD I need to make a little change in the boot profile The boot profile before making the changes is linux ...
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Is there any way of going from virtual machine to live cd?

I think it would be really nice to be able to get a live cd from the operating system of a virtual machine. Is there any virtualization software that has this capabilities?
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Need a software backup solution with specific features

I'm going to be formatting my machine in the next couple of days. I finally got Windows 7 set up how I like it and decided on a suite of software that I will be installing after each format. Since I ...
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Easiest way to build a Linux live CD

I want to demonstrate a certain in-house application as a Linux Live CD. I'd like to basically take a live CD "source" (preferably something based on Fedora/RedHat/Debian/Ubuntu which I know ...
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What is my partition number?

I am using Linux and i need to restore my grub, so i go into commandline on live CD, and i enter 'grub', then 'root (hd0,6)', but it says that the disk does not exist. This is how everything looks ...
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Ubuntu 9.10 Live CD: Trying to restore by broken Grub

ello, I am trying to fix my Grub on the live cd of ubuntu 9.10. (i have a backup in ./home/myuser/Desktop) Now, i've got access to the ./home/myuser folder, but now it has two files: 'readme.txt' ...
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livecd remastering: which distro should i choose

...I just want to add and configure some software. Just simple remaster. Like 2-5 new programs added. Could someone recommend me livecd i should base my remaster on, taking into account these ...
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remastering knoppix: which version and what method should i use

I'd like to remaster knoppix (mainly add and configure some software). I downloaded newest version (KNOPPIX-ADRIANE_V6.2CD-2009-11-18-EN.iso) but later i read that it has some other window manager as ...
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Xubuntu 9.10 LiveCD on USB fails with error can't open /dev/sr0: no medium found

Using Ubuntu's USB Startup Disk Creator (USB-creator-gtk), I created a LiveUSB from the Xubuntu 9.10 LiveCD. When booting, it stalls up with the Xubuntu mouse splash screen displayed. In attempting ...
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incognito livecd (gentoo based) won't recognize my hard drive?

How do i mount my hd? I looked into /etc/fstab and there's only firmware and portage there so i guess mounting won't work, i need to add my hd to fstab first?
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Anti-virus live CD [closed]

I'm looking for a Linux Live CD/USB, that comes pre-configured with basic troubleshooting software, which I could use to check Windows computers. My wish list: Anti-virus (MUST HAVE) Any software ...
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How do you enable RAID in the Jaunty Live CD (in order to change partitions)?

I need to increase the size of my Karmic Koala partition, but I believe I can't do that from within the system itself. The CD I have is from Jaunty, which does not support RAID out of the box. How do ...
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How do I burn Xubuntu Live CD

I downloaded the 600+ MB Xubunto ISO. Burnt it to a DVD using Nero Burning Rom, as a Bootable DVD. My bootup sequence won't detect XUbuntu and still only detects windows on my Hard Drive even after ...
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Re-install X from Ubuntu live

I did a non-sense operation and broke my X-server, period. The sad fact is that it was late and I did not remember what I removed, I think it was a package with python in its name... I know that this ...
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Any reason why IDE disk hda1 shows up as sda1 under Knoppix Live CD

I'm running a debian system and today I ran aptitude safe-upgrade. It's been a while since I'd down that so it downloaded and installed a bunch of stuff including a new kernal image. Everything ...
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Boot disc options

I dropped my laptop and shattered the harddrive. Before buying a new drive, I'd like to use a bootable CD/DVD to use the thing. The requirements are very simple: Modern web browser Flash Player (...
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Linux live-cd for distributed computing projects?

I have had this dream for years now... but sadly, even to this day, it remains just a dream. I want to find a live-cd that I can pop into any computer I have permission to use, and it boots up and ...
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How do I place a bootable ISO on a USB drive?

What's the best way of placing a bootable ISO on a USB drive, such that the drive is bootable? ISOs such as a live Linux preview disk, Windows installation ISO, etc.
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XBMC won't live boot

I'm trying to run XBMC on a Dell Dimension 4300S (stock parts). I cannot get it to finish a live boot. It gets stuck on "restarting openbsd secure shell server sshd" [see picture]. Any ideas?
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Ubuntu karmic 9.10 Live image on USB is not working

This is my configuration: 4GB HP pendrive Ubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386 image file for live USB install pendrivelinux (u910p) and ubetbootin (unetbootin.sourceforge.net) T61 machine Earlier I have ...
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Recovering Windows license keys from within a LiveCD environment in Linux

I'm curious if it's possible to retrieve the license keys of a Windows XP machine from within a LiveCD environment in Ubuntu. Normally, if I was in Windows, I would just run Magical Jellybean ...
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Can a CD “autorun” Shutdown/Reboot to a Linux LiveCD from within Windows?

I have a project involving a Linux Live CD. My users hate manual reboot, which from windows means selecting shutdown, waiting through the reboot process, finding the Boot menu key (usually F10 or ...
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PowerPC boot CD that can read NTFS partitions

I am looking for a boot CD that will boot a power PC (linux, bsd, OSX) and allow read/write access to HFS+ and NTFS partitions. What is the best option?
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Ubuntu live CD and installing new applications onto a USB drive

Background: I am a programmer that occasionally has access to other computers when on vacation or something. These are generally the machines of friends or family, so randomly installing Ubuntu on it ...
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Wireless router/livecd distro?

I've got an old IBM r51, which aside from a dead hard drive, and unreliable keyboard, and a working intel 2100 wireless adaptor. I'm looking for a linux live cd or usb that i can connect into an ...
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Ubuntu Live CD VS standard data CD

I have been trying to convert a laptop over to using Ubuntu 9.04 but I was unable to write (with Instant CD and InfraRecorder) the ubuntu 9.04 ISO file to CD (a question I will pose another time) so I ...
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Mount “Macrium Reflect” on a partition, boot from there?

Can Macrium's Reflect recovery CD be mounted/used with GRUB ? If the cd can be 'put' (loaded/mounted/...) in a partition, then the only disc needed would be the actual recovery disc, which could be ...
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Configuring BIOS to boot from disk drive before hard drive

How do I configure BIOS to have a higher boot priority from my disk drive than from my hard drive? If there is no disk, will it boot from my hard drive instead? Thanks, I am trying to run Ubuntu off ...
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How can I keep multiple live/bootable ISO images on a single USB drive?

I am looking to create a USB flash drive that I can put multiple live CD ISO images on and select which boots from startup. The ideal candidate supports Linux and Windows-based ISO images, and is ...
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Building a custom Linux LiveCD

I need to create a small custom live system (for teaching a programming class). What would be the best way to do it?
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What is a good and localized live Linux CD? [closed]

I'm tired of fixing friends' and relatives' Windows PC's :-/ I need to find a Linux/BSD live CD with the following features: Under active development, so as to provide recent software Localized for ...
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Is it possible to run a platform virtual machine package within a live cd environment - Windows or Linux?

If so, which one (VMware, VirtualBox, Virtual PC, Xen, QEMU, Bochs, etc. or something else)? Inside which live CD environment (BartPE, Linux-based, etc.)? And how? I'd be looking to use Windows XP ...
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How to create a live CD with your own applications?

I've been looking for creating my own live CD to restore backups and perhaps have some useful applications for example to rescue data in case of a virus or some system crash. I've been experimenting ...
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How can I create a Ubuntu liveCD to use from a USB flash drive?

I am trying to install Ubuntu on a 2 GB USB flash drive for my job. I don't want to install Linux on my personal desktop, but it seems that Ubuntu requires me to that to in order to copy some ...
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How do you create a bootable partition on a USB drive?

I have a bootable ISO designed to be burned to a double-layer DVD. I don't have a double layer DVD burner, so I would like to stick the ISO image on a 50 GB partition on a USB hard drive I have. How ...
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How do you protect your computer from Live CD's?

Linux has grown in popularity in the past few years. Many more people are using Live CD's now than they were say 3 years ago. And with this comes a new problem for network admins. How do you stop a ...