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Offline Shalom

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In fact I went out today and bought another USB stick because I thought that might be the problem, but the same thing happens!

It's an HDD EeePC.

I could try putting the USB into another computer and letting it boot up, but I'm a little afraid to do that, those computers still WORK :-). Is there any danger in doing that as long as I don't select install? Although assuming I can get another computer to boot up from the USB stick  does that help us figure out what to do with the eeePC?

I'm not sure about the business of taking the battery out. What's the mains adapter?

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OK this is either

a) An issue with the way the software is being written to the USB stick

b) A USB stick (hardware) issue

c) A Corrupt  BIOS and EeePC hardware issue

for (a) try a different USB stick writing application .. maybe
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/
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http://www.linuxliveusb.com/download

for (b) see if the USB stick is bootable on another PC .. though that doesn't necessarily prove it's not the USB stick (I've had a lot of USB sticks that would boot on most PC's but my Acer Aspire One didn't like them)

for (c) I don't think therre's much you can do .. that said I dn't think this is the issue here .. it simply seems like your EeePC just doesn't want to boot from the USB stick.
In a worst case scenario you might want to try borrowing a USB CD/DVD drive.

OR

your other option would be to remove the HDD from your EeePC, Remove the HDD from another laptop and put it to one side, install the EeePC in the other laptop, Install Peppermint to it, then swap the HDD's back again.

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Thanks PCNetSpec for the information, I have succeeded in making a bootable key using the mintstick tool.

I am now installing Pepperint on the hard disk.


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Great news :)
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No, the Live Session cannot hurt a host computer.  The OS is loaded into the host machine's RAM.  When you've ended the Live Session, anything in the RAM is destroyed.  This is why it's so safe to use a Live Session.   It's HIGHLY UNLIKELY you're going to accidently install Peppermint to the machine you're using.  It involves a process and series of steps to install the OS.  This takes planning. 

The battery is a removable item.  On the underside of your machine, there are two locking clips.  Push these towards the centre of your machine.  The battery pack is now unlocked a will lift out.  The mains adapter is just another name for the, AC power supply.  Unplug that from your EeePc - good luck  ;).
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I think the problem was with unetbootin. I was able to solve the problem and install Peppermint 6 by using the universal USB installer - did a great job. http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/. Thanks to PCNetSpec and all who have tried to help. Really appreciate all the responses.


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You're most welcome .. can you please remember to mark your topics (SOLVED).

You can do this by editing the FIRST posting in the topic and appending (SOLVED) to the Subject: line.

I've done this one for you :)
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I know this is an old thread but I have the same exact issue after I installed PM6 to a emachine E725 (setup as dualboot with win7).  I used the same USB stick to install PM6 multiple times without any issue.  The only thing I can think of that I did different is that I recently recreated the installation USB to be "persistent" using Startup Disk Creator.  Should I wipe the installation USB and install PM6 again? 


Here is the full error message:

Gave up waiting for root device. Common problems:
 - Boot args (cat /proc/cmdline)
  - Check rootdelay= (did the system wait long enough?)
  - Check root= (did the system wait for the right device?)
 - Missing modules (cat /proc/modules; ls /dev)
ALERT! /dev/disk/by-uuid/e9ce3c9a-bc34-46bf-b824-3bc13213a8c9 does not exist.
Dropping to a shell!

BusyBox v1.21.1 (Ubuntu 1:1.21.0-1ubuntu1) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

(initramfs)


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looks like the UUID of one of your partitions has changed .. from the LiveUSB can you post the output from:
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sudo blkid

Reinstalling GRUB would probably solve this (as would a full Peppermint reinstall) .. if you want instructions on reinstalling GRUB, just ask.
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This is the output

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peppermint@peppermint ~ $ sudo blkid
/dev/loop0: UUID="e02622aa-6a88-42e6-881c-909108cdc83e" TYPE="ext3"
/dev/loop1: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/sda1: UUID="701A-BB99" TYPE="vfat"
/dev/sdb1: LABEL="PQSERVICE" UUID="2C68AD2268ACEC30" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sdb2: LABEL="SYSTEM RESERVED" UUID="4A6CAD4E6CAD361B" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sdb3: LABEL="eMachines" UUID="3A94AF0694AEC42B" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sdb5: UUID="b489404c-f402-4c5c-8be4-938502b4dc8e" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/sdb6: UUID="e9ce3c9a-bc34-46bf-b824-3bc13213a8c9" TYPE="ext4"
/dev/sdb7: UUID="d5a5d8a0-fce1-47e0-8edd-530c35f784ef" TYPE="swap"
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okay it does exist.

Can you try this .. turn on your PC .. when it gets to the busybox screen, wait for about two minutes, then hit Ctrl+Alt+Del to reboot (DO NOT power off the PC)

Did it boot properly ?
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No, it doesn't.  I tried it before but just did it again to make sure.  It boots to grub and I can see the selections.  But it doesn't boot to PM6.  Boots to windows fine.
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From the LiveCD/LiveUSB can you post the output from:
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sudo fdisk -l
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Sorry this took a while.  the install UBS boots really slow after I change it to a persistent drive.  here is the output

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peppermint@peppermint ~ $ sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders, total 488397168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc34d21ea

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1              63    25173854    12586896   27  Hidden NTFS WinRE
/dev/sda2   *    25173855    25382699      104422+   7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3        25382700   450916719   212767010    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda4       450918398   488396799    18739201    5  Extended
/dev/sda5       450918400   451307519      194560   83  Linux
/dev/sda6       451309568   480585727    14638080   83  Linux
/dev/sda7       480587776   488396799     3904512   82  Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 4043 MB, 4043309056 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 491 cylinders, total 7897088 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000ce2d6

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *        2048     7897087     3947520    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)

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Can you explain why you have 2 EXT4 partitions ?
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