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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External DVD drive is recognized when Windows has started but cannot boot

I wanted to connect my external DVD drive to my old laptop and boot from a CD. But my computer doesn't show the DVD drive in the boot menu. After trying to change BIOS settings and finally restored ...
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How can I make a Linux USB installation persistent from a running instance

I am writing this from Kubuntu running from a USB (Started as "Demo") How can I make the changes I make persistent? (From inside this running instance).ion If not, how can I make it persistent before ...
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Questions about behaviour of running LiveCD Linux after unmounting a CD-ROM

Could anyone explain what happens in system after unplugging CD-ROM during working with LiveCD session? Suppose that I'm using Ubuntu LiveCD and suddenly by accident the CD-ROM disconnect for a ...
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Fedora 18, grub2 reinstall, /mnt is empty

I have a common problem. I installed Fedora 18 on a PC that also has Windows on it. When I start the PC, I don't get asked which system I want to boot; Windows is chosen always. So I found out that I ...
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Linux mint 14 (nadia) live cd gparted not showing partions

I am just trying to install linux mint 14 on my desktop and it's booting into live cd, but when I try to install its partitioning step it's not showing my partitions. If I use sudo fdisk -l it shows ...
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Can't run gParted Live

I prepared gParted Live on my pendrive using unetbootin. When I try to boot from that pendrive I got blikning line and nothing more. What could me wrong?
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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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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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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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How do I run ccleaner when using Hirens Boot CD?

I just tried running it and it was analyzing the Hiren CD, how do I analyze my main drive while using Hirens boot cd?
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dmsetup status fields explained?

I am not new to linux, but I am new to the underlying guts of it, and I don't know anything about LVM or device-mapper. I'm trying to troubleshoot a livecd mounting its live-rw (dm-0) file system as ...
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Can I automatically run commands after Linux Mint Installation?

That's what I want: I want to run a bash file (composed mostly by apt-get's and instructions to download and install .deb files) just after, or during, Linux Mint installation. I've found many ...
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Kali Linux Live USB: Flashing _ on boot-up

I have installed Kali Linux onto a Live USB using dd if=kali.iso of=/dev/sdb1 However, upon boot it just has a flashing _ in the top left corner...
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open virtual box from live cd error

I am running linux mint in my laptop. I made some modifications and I couldn't login in linux enviroment. I boot in live cd (linux mint) and I recover my important files from desktop. I had some ...
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How to move back critical folders of my Ubuntu installation?

I messed up with sudo moving some critical boot folders in my Ubuntu 12.04 installation. How can I move these folders back to their original locations? I'd be fine with booting some live system and ...
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Booting livecd from external USB not working (no power?)

I have a usb hard drive with ubuntu 12.10 partition on it, but I can't seem to actually boot into the livecd. I can get to the grub menu, and I select "Try without installing", but then the screen ...
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Download Ubuntu Live CD

I wanted to download Ubuntu Live CD for my system.I use Intel laptop machine. I downloaded Ubuntu version here http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop (For extended support,choose Ubuntu 12.04 LTS) ...
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Is this possible to bring back a live cd session after an accidental CD-ROM unplugging for a while?

There was a power outage when I was using a live cd on my laptop with external CD - ROM connected to wall power supply, so cd was unaccessible and maybe unmounted for a second. Then the power came ...
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Installing LiveCd Ubuntu Based

I just bought the ebook Hacking the art of exploitation (Link: http://www.nostarch.com/hacking2.htm#updates) and I downloaded the livecd which came along with it(Link: ...
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booting from linux live dvd - no matter what kind - shuts the display off

I tried Knoppix and Ubuntu Live DVD's. After a couple of minutes, the display goes off! It says "Entering Power Save Mode". I can hear the really loud fans! The computer is still pretty much running. ...
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after linuxmint update hdd wont boot, live cd ubuntu or mint wont work and cannot even reinstall

I had a Linux Mint 9 and Windows 7 dual boot machine that was working fine until Mint was auto updated. Now it won't boot up, live CD's get to the splash screen menu but won't proceed any further. ...
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Creating a custom LiveCD

I am trying to build a custom live cd from a Fedora 14 or CentOS 6 install. I have tried the process found on the Fedora Wiki. It's basically using the livecd-tools program and then using some kick ...
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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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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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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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Recreating original ISO from a liveusb

I have just made a ubuntu live usb. The usb is of 4gb. If I create ISO from usb, it is not having same checksum as original ISO used to make live usb, since this new ISO will be of 4 gb whereas ...
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Lubuntu LiveCD disabling auto-mount.

In cooperation with my IT teacher we want to boot all PC's in IT class with Lubuntu. I've successfully set up PXE server, but there is one thing that worries us. Harddrives shouldn't be accessible ...
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Persistence in KNOPPIX v7.0.4

I recently used the KNOPPIX DVD as a tool when re-installing my Windows desktop machine and it worked great so I've been doing some more reading to become familiar with it. I have the "KNOPPIX Hacks" ...
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NEC computer won't boot from USB - I have tried everything I can think of

System hangs after 'Verifying DMI Pool Data.......Update Success" I have tried: Set boot priority (USB boot supported) Reset BIOS Search for BIOS update - none available Booting from CD - this ...
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How can I create an Ubuntu 14.04 live CD from a persistent live usb stick?

I have installed some apps on the usb stick. The usb works wonderfully and I simply wish to transplant it onto DVDs. I created an .img file of the USB stick and burned it onto DVD, but it didn't work. ...
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Debian 7: “Failure of key exchange and association”

I'm installing Debian using the Live CD with GNOME and the non-free packages. The internet works just fine when using the live CD, but when you try to open the installer and select a network, it gives ...
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How to adjust the size of the root partition on live Arch Linux system? (/dev/mapper/arch_root-image)

Summary: I created a bootable usb drive with a live Bridge linux (ARCH based) on it. Everything works fine. The live system mounts a device called /dev/mapper/arch_root-image as its ext4 root ...
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USB live boot into any windows OS?

I want to boot from a USB stick into a windows OS (any), however I can't find an ISO that will work on my USB. I have found pe builder but its a windows program and I am on linux. Could anyone link ...
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Running XMBC 12 off a stick, sans HDD

I have a laptop whose hard drive is toast, so I'm booting XBMC off a stick. It works fine, but I would like to not have to manually intervene halfway through booting up to tell it to Try Ubuntu, ...
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linux installation cd enviroment

i recently make a custom linux system, for my special need. its on my HDD, but i want to create a cd for installation. multiple day ego, i found a livecd and create install script for that, but in ...
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LiveCDs occasionally get corrupted filesystems

I made some modifications to a custom Ubuntu9.04 LiveCD (unsquash, re-squash, chroot, etc). It seems to work fine, but I noticed the other day things went really bad when a client was booted into it ...
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How to create hybrid live USB

I have a laptop running stock UEFI and Windows 8.1. I want to create a bootable live linux USB stick that can be used to boot either my older BIOS system or my newer UEFI system. I am ok with having ...
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Failed to extend… Read only Filesystem VirtualBox

I copied a livedisk fedora16 to my local Ubuntu 14.04 using cat I then created a virtual machine using virtual box with the controller:ide pointing to the .iso file this cat operation produced. The ...
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Does there exist a live-cd of Windows 7 or 8?

I know there a few Windows live-cd's that were based on Windows PE. But does there exist a live-cd of the normal Windows too?
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How do I use CCleaner and Revo Uninstaller on a guest HDD with Hirens Boot CD?

When I launch the either CCleaner or Revo uninstaller, nothing shows. How do I get them to recognize the HDD in the computer?
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Mac Powerbook G4 exceeding critical temperature when booting from CD

I'm trying to install FreeBSD on my old PowerBook G4 17". To do so, I have to boot from a live cd containing freebsd. The problem is that when I boot the cd and see the beginning of the installation, ...
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Windows7 LIVE CD with winpcap

Is it possible to create a LiveCD of windows 7 with winpcap installed for wireshark. I already tried with winbuilder 0.82 but there is no working script for winpcap and since it is not a portable app ...
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How to modify a Fedora Live installation media default configuration?

I have to install fedora on 20+ computers and they all have to start off with some extra packages and configurations that don't come by default on the vanilla installation media (like backgrounds, the ...
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How to password protect USB UEFI boot on 8.1 w Secure Boot Disabled when Boot Order is USB-DVD-HD

I had to reverse my boot order to install dualboot Ubuntu 14.04 and have Secure Boot disabled. After the install I can (only) boot linux with rEFInd on DVD - which is fine for now. It will take a ...
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Booting to liveCD with MacBook Pro 2,2

I am trying to install any modern Linux version on an old MBP 2,2 from about 2006. Previously I had Crunchbang Statler (basically Debian 6 w/Openbox). I am having no luck getting either a liveCD or ...
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opensuse mount a LVM partition

Im trying to mount a encrypted LVM partition on an external HDD from inside a opensuse liveCD after decryption im running mount /dev/mapper/encrypted /mnt/enc and receiving "mount: unknown ...
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How to write/use a live cd?

I've burnt an iso image of ubuntu into a cd to use it as a livecd and it was a success and worked well, whatever I did was without any awareness on how to write/use a livecd. I recently burnt an iso ...
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Unable to turn on wifi in Ubuntu 12.04 live boot

Actually this is kind of weird but I tried running backtrack r3 and Ubuntu 12.04 live on my laptop but both the times I was not able to switch on my Wireless using the toggle switch, in fact normally ...
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Custom Tiny Linux LiveCD

I need a very small custrom made distribution that I can use to boot my system (add to boot options of an Ubuntu CD) that will mount the filesystem on disk and make some changes to it (install ...
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Having trouble booting with LiveCD

I re-installed my Windows OS today and wanted to install Linux Mint as a dual boot. Before the reinstall, I used the LiveCD Gparted to expand my C: from 25 to 30 GB. All went smoothly. After the ...