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Ubuntu pen drive mountable on windows?

Discussion in 'Linux & Open Source' started by terley, Jan 19, 2018.

  1. terley

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 3, 2010

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    Hi guys

    So for my uni web app dev degree i've got a pen-drive with ubuntu installed, we use it for all of our work and its pretty much a requirement.

    Since installing my 1080ti into my rig i've had a nightmare getting it working on this rig. I've tried everything to no avail..

    Is there a piece of software that will allow me to easily mount the drive in a windows application as a virtual machine or something?

    Cheers
     
  2. Zefan

    Don

    Joined: Jan 15, 2006

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    Could you boot it as a vm? Try virtualbox or Vmware workstation.
     
  3. terley

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 3, 2010

    Posts: 1,702

    Ill try them, thanks :)
     
  4. AmateurExpert

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    Virtualbox doesn't support booting from USB but there are a couple of workarounds (such as this) that I haven't used myself.

    I take it you've already tried installing the proprietary Nvidia drivers onto the live USB image?
     
  5. Zefan

    Don

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    I'm pretty sure I've done it before, you have to do some command line as it isn't in the GUI. I can't remember the exact steps but from a quick google there are plenty of walkthroughs.
     
  6. Hades

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

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    As a quick fix you could try installing virtualbox, then set USB passthrough so the virtualbox guest boots from the 'passed through' USB drive.

    There probably will be a way to copy the USB contents into vbox as a bootable drive. But the above would be a quick fix.
     
  7. AmateurExpert

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    The link I gave gives a procedure that uses a .vmdk that points to the USB device. Unfortunately, with this procedure one has to run VBox as administrator in order to use this .vmdk due to the permissions needed on the USB device - this might give permissions headaches later if VBox config file ownership is changed and isn't ideal for security, but should be OK if not using VBox for anything else. There is an alternative which is to use the Plop boot manager as this gives a USB boot option, but I'm not familiar with this.

    I thought this too, but when trying it out earlier I saw that VBox's boot manager has no USB boot option (you have the choice of "Hard Disk", "Optical", "Floppy" and "Network") - which is why there is the workaround of fudging the USB drive as a .vmdk hard disk image (or Plop). I've used USB passthrough fine, but only after the guest OS is already installed and booted.
     
  8. Sp00n

    Capodecina

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    You want to boot off the usb?

    Have you tried using your onboard video instead of the 1080ti (if you have onboard)?
     
  9. manic_man

    Mobster

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    Location: Greater Manchester

    I have literally just completed installing Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS on a new machine with the same GPU and Intel Core i7!

    The two steps to make it all work were:

    1) Edit the Grub2 startup command (edit /etc/default/grub) and add the command "nomodeset" after "quiet splash" for the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT variable, this effectively disables any Intel GPU functionality.
    2) Install the latest Ubuntu NVIDIA propriety driver package (384.111 at the time of writing on 16.04.x), I do this using the Additional Drivers GUI app but it can be done through your favourite package manager at the command line if you like.

    I would suggest doing this to get a proper, working installation before going down to the VM route personally!
     
  10. emu

    Hitman

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