Since I haven’t got a SATA CD/DVD drive to connect to the board to install ubuntu I decided I would install from the USB memory stick. Finding out how to do this when you haven’t got a Linux PC proved to be harder than I thought.
I came across many pages recommend various programmes for doing it, but when I downloaded the current versions they no longer had the option and was just for making LiveUSB installs of linux.
- USB memory stick formatted as FAT32
- Download the iso of the linux you want. I’m using 12.04 Server.
- Download 7-zip for extracting the contents of the ISO and zip files, if you alrady have a method for doing this then you don’t need it.
- Download latest syslinux in zip format and extract the contents
- from the extracted win32 folder in a command prompt run syslinux.exe –mbr –active –install e: where e: is the USB stick
- Open the iso using 7-zip or your method of choice. Extract the contents of the iso to the USB memory stick.
- Rename the isolinux folder to syslinux.
- In the syslinux folder rename the isolinux.cfg to syslinux.cfg