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masterjiraya
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typically i'm good at trouble shooting windows OS even at reformatting and installtion with winows bootable flash disk and it's bootable DVD. but I have a problem in linux. what I want you to know is to properly set up bootable flash drive containing suse linux. because I can prepare bootable windows flash disk, may be there's a procedure or an Application that can prepare Linux bootable Flash Disk. I have now in my personal computer an OS of windows 7 Ultimate. but the my personal computer doesn't have a DVD rom drive and I only have 16 GB flash Disk. is there a way I could do my problem. I need your help regarding to this on linux installation through Flash Disk.

I appreciate your help. Thanks in advance.

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As you have Windows 7 installed on your PC, I recommend using the Windows version of unetbootin. So to get OpenSuse onto your USB drive you'll need to do the following:

  1. Boot into Windows and login to your desktop.
  2. Download and install the windows version of unetbootin
  3. Download the .iso for the latest version of OpenSuse
  4. Insert your USB drive and format it. You can do this quickly and easily in Windows by opening 'My Computer' and then right clicking on the entry for the USB drive and selecting 'Format...'. NOTE: Ensure it is formatted as FAT32
  5. Run unetbootin to install the OpenSuse .iso onto your USB drive.

NOTE: When you first run unetbootin the 'Distribution' radio button is selected; which allows you to select a version of a distribution, which it will then download. You do not want to use this option because it typically contains download links for outdated versions of the distros it supports. So you need to select the 'Disk Image' Radio button instead.

Here is a screenshot of unetbootin, taken from the unetbootin projects sourceforge page. The screenshot depicts using unetbootin to install Ubuntu 10.10 on a USB drive, using the 'Disk Image' option.

To install Suse onto a USB stick with unetbootin using the 'Disk Image' option:

  1. Select the 'Disk Image' radio button in unetbootin
  2. Select 'ISO' in the dropdown box next to the 'Disk Image' radio button
  3. Click the '...' button on the far right, which should pop up a file selection dialog. When the selection dialog pops up, navigate to the Suse .iso you downloaded, select the .iso and hit OK to close the popup.
  4. In the 'Type' dropdown in the bottom left of the main unetbootin window, ensure that 'USB Drive' is selected.
  5. In the 'Drive' dropdown, select the drive letter that windows has assigned for your USB drive. So if your USB drive is 'E:\', then ensure that 'E:\' is selected.
  6. Finally, hit OK in the main unetbootin window and all being well, unetbootin should install the liveCD onto your USB stick.

unetbootin will work for pretty much any Linux live .iso. I've used it many times to install various distros onto bootable USB drives under Linux and Windows with no problems whatsoever.

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now i have unetbootin and all is prepared but during the setup... I don't know what to do. is there a step by step procedure?

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During the setup? Which setup?

Use the steps I've outlined in my previous post regarding using the 'Disk image' option in unetbootin.
Once you've followed those steps and pressed OK, unetbootin should take care of everything else and should install the live-CD/DVD image onto your USB drive.
I don't recall any additional steps to this procedure (but I do admit I could be wrong!)

Once that's done, you should just need to reboot your PC with the USB drive plugged in to boot into OpenSuse.

NOTE: On reboot you might want to check the boot settings in your BIOS and make any changes to ensure that booting from USB is given higher priority than booting from the HD. Then save your changes and exit BIOS.

Or do you mean that you want help with the OpenSuse installer?
i.e. You've successfully used unetbootin to install Suse on the USB drive, you've booted into the live Suse desktop and you've selected the option to install OpenSuse on your PC, but you're having trouble understanding how to use the installer to set up a dual boot. Is that the problem?

Otherwise you need to clarify things further!

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