I was thus all the more positively surprised by how easy it was to install Ubuntu from a USB memory stick onto my machine. Here's basically what I did*:
*(this assumes: virtual CD-ROM => F:, USB stick => G:, syslinux => c:\syslinux)
- Download Ubuntu ISO image.
- Download and install Syslinux and Daemon Tools.
- Plug in USB stick and make sure you have no more U3 stuff installed on your stick.
- Format the stick:
format g: /FS:FAT /Q /X
- Make stick bootable:
c:\syslinux\win32\syslinux -s G:
- Mount Ubuntu ISO image to drive F: (e.g. using Daemon Tools)
- Copy some files from virtual CD-ROM to stick:
xcopy /e /h /k f:\*.* g:
xcopy /e /h /k g:\install\*.* g:
xcopy /e /h /k g:\isolinux\*.* g:
copy g:\casper\vmlinuz g:
copy g:\casper\initrd.gz g:
- Rename a config file:
move g:\isolinux.cfg g:\syslinux.cfg
- Edit syslinux.cfg by removing all /casper and /install references. (Not necessary for Ubuntu 9.x)
That's it. Adjust your BIOS boot settings and boot from the stick.