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Klikit-Live on USB Stick

Page history last edited by Keith Manley 14 years, 1 month ago

Before you start on trying this method make sure the machine you want to use it in, can boot from a usb-zip drive or usb-hdd.


To be begin you will need to have a Linux system that has syslinux on. So if you do not have it installed yet, then you need to get it.


sudo apt-get install syslinux


You will also currently need mtools:


sudo apt-get install mtools


If you are using synaptic you need to find and select the two packages from the list of available packages.


You will also need "currently" for (klikit-ff-0.1-5b) a 1Gb usb stick, to store the iso image files and the syslinux boot loader.

You will also need "currently" for (klikit-ff-0.1-6F1 and newer) a 2Gb usb stick, to store the iso image files and the syslinux boot loader.


Download the tarUSB.tgz file linked here and create a directory where you will untar the file and hold the ISO file during your creation of the Live-USB.


Format the USB drive ( Use the device path that matches where on the system your Stick is showing up.  /dev/XXX. )

 (Note: I will use /dev/sdX in the rest of this example.)


sudo umount /dev/sdX1 < Make sure the USB Stick is NOT mounted, for this next step. >


Note: Do not use the Safely remove selection on the right click menu, this removes the device file you need access to.


(If needed perform this step again, only changing the last character from a 1 to 2 then to 3

if you have more than one partition on the stick.)


Example: sudo umount /dev/sdX2


Now you need to prepare the usb stick for use with a device partitioning program.

(I am using fdisk in this example, but you can use a different one if you wish.

But the command and key strokes will be different.)



sudo fdisk /dev/sdX

  • Type p to show the existing partition/s and d to delete it.
  • Type p again to show any remaining partitions (if partitions exist, repeat the previous step.)
  • Type n to make a new partiton.
  • Type p for primary partition.
  • Type 4 to make this the fourth partition.
  • Hit <enter> to use the default 1st cylinder.
  • Hit <enter> to use the default for the last cylinder.
  • Type a to make this partiton active. ( AKA bootable.)
  • Type 4 to select partition 4
  • Type t to change partiton filesystem.
  • Type 6 to select the fat16 file system.
  • Type w to write out the new partiton table to the Usb stick.


You can preform these steps in gaprted also, you want to end up with a USB stick with one >1.2 Gb partition #4 formated in fat16.

 (This makes it look like a Zip drive for machines that have USB-Zip selections in their boot devices. Ones that have USB-HDD can also use this type of USB drive setup.)


Now you need to format your new partiton.

(This helps erase anything that might have been stored on it,

and makes sure it is readable by the system.)


sudo mkfs.vfat -F 16 /dev/sdX4



You can now unplug the usb stick, wait a couple seconds then plug it back into the machine. (remember what media location it is mounted on.

ex: /media/disk.)


 Now in the directory you have downloaded and placed the tar file in, that also contains only the Klikit ISO file. Unpack the archive and run/execute the script set_usb.sh and follow the questions it asks.


tar xzf USB.tgz <This will extract the contents of the archive and place the contents in the current directory> (you can use Ark also for this.)




sudo ./set_usb.sh. < run the script to create the Live-USB, and Anwser the questions in the script.>



NOW - Reboot the machine to install Klikit. (or unplug the USB Stick.)


You are now done.

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