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Asus Eee PC + Ubuntu Netbook Edition: Missing Operating System

02 Aug

WARNING: Some commands mentioned below can damage your system if used in a careless manner.

Recently I was trying to boot my Asus Eee PC 1008P (Karim Rashid Collection) with Ubuntu Netbook Edition but no matter how I tried to set up the BIOS settings, the system did not boot from my USB stick, always complaining with the “Missing Operating System” message.. After doing a little bit research I have found out that Ubuntu’s Startup Disk Creator may not have marked the USB stick as a bootable partition. A quick check verified my doubts:


$ sudo fdisk -l /dev/sdb

Disk /dev/sdb: 3909 MB, 3909091328 bytes
102 heads, 38 sectors/track, 1969 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 3876 * 512 = 1984512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1               3        1970     3813440    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)

Then I ran fdsik /dev/sdb and used the fsdik command:


Command (m for help): a
Partition number (1-4): 1

Command (m for help): w
The partition table has been altered!

Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.

WARNING: Re-reading the partition table failed with error 16: Device or resource busy.
The kernel still uses the old table. The new table will be used at
the next reboot or after you run partprobe(8) or kpartx(8)
Syncing disks.

And then checked the USB stick again:


$ sudo fdisk -l /dev/sdb

Disk /dev/sdb: 3909 MB, 3909091328 bytes
102 heads, 38 sectors/track, 1969 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 3876 * 512 = 1984512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *           3        1970     3813440    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)

After that I was able to boot my Asus Eee PC with Ubuntu bootable USB stick (by going to BIOS settings and choosing the USB as the first hard disk actually).

 
1 Comment

Posted by on August 2, 2010 in General, Linux, sysadmin

 

One response to “Asus Eee PC + Ubuntu Netbook Edition: Missing Operating System

  1. Mustafa

    August 2, 2010 at 00:34

    Bu konu üzerine, usb-belleklerin ubuntu işletim sistemine hazırlanması ile ilgili bir yazı hazırlamıştım:

    http://mstf-blog.blogspot.com/2009/11/usb-bellek.html

     

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