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 How to install a Linux Mint Operating System into a USB Flash Drive:

How to install a Linux Mint Operating System into a USB Flash Drive:

1. Open your Browser and go to < >.

2. Point to Download then click on All Versions and click on the operating system you want to install, I chose linuxmint-10-kde-dvd-i386.iso. This will carry you to the window to select a system, I chose KDE (32-bit) to install into my USB drive.

3. Click on the {KDE (32-bit)} this will carry you to the window that lets you choose a server to download from.

4. Write down the MD5 number 06b3e25acc2f2601113719a4cc45f2c5, you can use this to check the value of the program after it has finished downloading. It must match this value to insure the quality of the downloaded file! You can check this value with MD5-Checksum. Go here and download MD5 Checksum Tool.

5. Scroll down to the Primary mirrors, pick one and click on the mirror name in your area. A window will pop-up asking you to Save File.

6. Click on Save File and your browser will download the Operating System.

7. Release Notes-Must Read!

8. Go here: an download the universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/. This program will install the (.iso) from a Windows based operating system.

9. Put the Operating System (.iso) you want to work with on the desktop.

10. Put the universal installer on the desktop.

11. Insert the USB flash Drive that you want to use, into a USB Port, Format the drive to Fat 32.

12. You will be asked what size of a persistence file you want to use for
storing documents and modifications. Choose a minimum of 250MB.

13. After the program finishes remove the flash drive as you normally do.

14. You will need to install a b43 wifi driver!

15. GO here for the wifi driver: Download: /bcm43xx/b43-fwcutter-009.tar.bz2.

16. FOR Internet Access: download the required firmware files.

17. Go to and Save the File.

18. Go to and Save the File.

NOTE: In the new booted up linuxmint, Copy the downloaded files to your home folder (the folder next to your menu icon),lower left portion of the screen.

19. Click on the menu icon and select the Terminal Konsole (dos prompt).

20. Execute the following commands consecutively in the terminal to extract and install the firmware:

Note: You can copy and paste these commands into the Konsole. After each paste press Enter.

21. tar xfvj broadcom-wl-

22. sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta-

NOTE: This next command must be in one line with only a single space between (firmware and broadcom).

23. sudo b43-fwcutter --unsupported -w /lib/firmware broadcom-wl-

24. sudo modprobe -r b43 ssb

25. sudo modprobe b43

Note: You will see a red circle-slash in the lower right corner of your
screen. Allow several seconds for the network manager to scan for available
networks before attempting a connection. Select a wifi that has no security, for a TEST and go to your menu and click on Firefox.

CAUTION: Do not Upgrade the flash Drive as it will cause an overrun of the persistence partition!

I used linuxmint-10-kde-rc-i386.iso, a 16-Gbi flash drive, with a 4-Gbi Persistence Partition.


Tags: tutorial, install, mint, usb, wifi
Created: 4 years ago.
Last edited: 4 years ago.
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4 years ago

Using "UNetbootin" would be easier  
4 years ago

Why do you get into installing wifi drivers? Not all computers have wifi.

I would suggest you revisit this from the standpoint of;

1) Which platform are we using to install to usb? You should mention this from the start, not at step 8.
2) Suggest a copy and paste method to verify the md5, writing it down is not needed and is a pain.
3) Highlight the difference between this type of usb install (persistence) and making a LIVE-USB for the purpose of installing to your hard drive.
4) Make a different tutorial for installing wifi drivers, and btw not everyone has a Broadcom chipset!!! I personally go to their site and download the sourcecode and follow their instructions instead of using the wrapper.
5) 13 should be the end of it, except for perhaps 14. Set your computer's BIOS to boot from usb flash drive, with the disclaimer not all BIOS are created equal, YMMV, etc.
6) Note the security risks by using persistence instead of a full install.
7) Note the wear on USB flash drive with this type of install.
4 years ago

I got to step 13, but when I tried to boot from the USB pen drive, I got "vesamenu, C32: Not a COM32R image
I was using the LM 10 DVD i386 image and a 64 GB USB pen drive.

As far as I can see, this tutorial just installs the linuxmint-10-gnome-dvd-i386.iso, not an LM 10 i386 system on the USB pen drive.

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