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muts
02-01-2013, 01:17 PM
Booting and installing Kali from a USB stick is our favorite and fastest method of getting up and running. In order to do this, we first need to image the Kali ISO on to a USB drive.

To read the full document, check our Kali Linux Live USB install (http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-install) article.

If you have any issues with this procedure, please post them in this thread.

ConGiun
03-14-2013, 05:56 PM
Tks so much :)

jaimechiquita111
03-15-2013, 12:41 AM
My Win32 Disk Imager doesn't recognizes the Kali.ISO file.
I've seted it for "all files" and WRITE the ISO for usb but wen I restart, OS NOT FOUND
I'm using BIOS Phoenix.

After done the tutorial with the app Win32 Disk Imager...
ERR: OS not found
linux.bin not found

Space Monkey
03-15-2013, 09:30 AM
Thank you muts (http://forums.kali.org/member.php?1-muts), LiveUSK keys with BackTrack was a real life saver.
Looking forward to see more awesome stuffs from Kali :)

Tera
03-15-2013, 10:31 AM
Hi,
is there a way to use Kali with an multiboot USB and grub2?
I believe I made it with BT5 but sadly my old MutlitBoot USB was not car tired proof.

So I started a new one.
I've got a grub2 installation and a grub.cfg like that:
menuentry "Kali ISO" {
set root=(hd0,1)
loopback loop /iso/kali-linux-1.0-amd64.iso
linux (loop)/live/vmlinuz boot=live iso-scan/filename=/iso/kali-linux-1.0-amd64.iso
initrd (loop)/live/initrd.img
}

But in the end i've got an Error:
Live-boot will now start a shell. The error message was:
Unable to find a medium containing a live file system

I can't remember how i fixed that. any suggestions?

Kind regards
Tera

ironbits
03-15-2013, 05:18 PM
thanks a lot of

AABoyles
03-16-2013, 09:54 PM
I'm trying to install Kali from a Live USB, but I've got an issue. The USB Drive will boot to a Live version flawlessly, but when I try to install from the USB, the installer complains that I don't have the disc in the DVD drive. Well, of course I don't--it should come from the USB drive. And I can't get past that step. Anyone having the same problem?

Ph0xy
03-18-2013, 01:24 PM
I had the same issue until I used the newest version of unetbootin.

Ph0xy
03-18-2013, 01:29 PM
I had the same issue until I used the newest version of unetbootin.

wifiuk
03-18-2013, 07:26 PM
I'm trying to install Kali from a Live USB, but I've got an issue. The USB Drive will boot to a Live version flawlessly, but when I try to install from the USB, the installer complains that I don't have the disc in the DVD drive. Well, of course I don't--it should come from the USB drive. And I can't get past that step. Anyone having the same problem?

same issue

Miwalein
03-19-2013, 10:05 AM
i have the same problem. I noticed that he is unable to read the /cdrom/dist/stable/Release file. I used the amd64 image.
I also tried to extract the Files from the ISO but it seems to be currupt and i had a sha1sum mismatch. I will now try to download again and hope that this will work.




I'm trying to install Kali from a Live USB, but I've got an issue. The USB Drive will boot to a Live version flawlessly, but when I try to install from the USB, the installer complains that I don't have the disc in the DVD drive. Well, of course I don't--it should come from the USB drive. And I can't get past that step. Anyone having the same problem?

MrBlackhat
03-19-2013, 11:13 AM
I'm trying to install Kali from a Live USB, but I've got an issue. The USB Drive will boot to a Live version flawlessly, but when I try to install from the USB, the installer complains that I don't have the disc in the DVD drive. Well, of course I don't--it should come from the USB drive. And I can't get past that step. Anyone having the same problem?
Yeah I've been having the same problem. Haven't seen a way around it. Anyone else have any ideas? It thinks its booting off a CD? not a usb?

Miwalein
03-19-2013, 12:17 PM
I'm trying to install Kali from a Live USB, but I've got an issue. The USB Drive will boot to a Live version flawlessly, but when I try to install from the USB, the installer complains that I don't have the disc in the DVD drive. Well, of course I don't--it should come from the USB drive. And I can't get past that step. Anyone having the same problem?


download the image again but don't use google-chrome. after is used wget to download it works

Anonymous_fvr
03-19-2013, 02:57 PM
Yes, i'm having this problem, but i'm don't know how to fix it. I'm want 2 create MIMB flash. Other isos boot carefully, but Kali runs only in live mode. I'm thinking about emulation, but don't know how to realize it.. =((

BackTrack
03-20-2013, 11:02 AM
Thank you :)

devpro
03-20-2013, 07:58 PM
Booting and installing Kali from a USB stick is our favorite and fastest method of getting up and running. In order to do this, we first need to image the Kali ISO on to a USB drive.

To read the full document, check our Kali Linux Live USB install (http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-install) article.

If you have any issues with this procedure, please post them in this thread.

Hi,
i made everything but there is a big problem. Macbook don't see usb flash drive as bootable drive... This problem is on the most of linux distributions except ubuntu. Any ideas?

Chris
03-25-2013, 08:33 PM
Hi,
I have a multi boot USB key with Kali-live inside and a grub4dos boot manager (WinGrub) .

Actions I have performed are :
1) copy the "live" CD-ROM folder into the USB key VFAT partition.
2) rename this folder as "Kali" in order to have a nice ordered file hierarchy on the key (I still have 4 other live OSes).
3) add the grub (legacy) menu :


title Live (686-pae)
kernel /Kali/vmlinuz boot=live noconfig=sudo username=root hostname=kali live-media-path=/Kali persistence
initrd /Kali/initrd.img

live-media-path=/Kali is compulsory since I have changed the live folder name
persistence is here because I also have on this USB key an ext4 partition named persistence with persistence.conf file on it.

Today unsolved problem :
* impossible to mount the FAT USB partition as it is already installed but "lost" during the boot (the volume is shown on the desktop)
* persistence volume is shown on the desktop but should be "invisible"

I am digging intrd shell scripts in order to find a clue ....

overmetal61
03-26-2013, 03:01 AM
Is there a way we can add the persistent arugment to live.cfg by default?

ilikepenguins
03-26-2013, 05:32 AM
i've had good experiences with 'dd', but it apparently doesn't work for every iso AND don't accidentally enter sda (or otherwise overwrite your harddrive)

arch has a good wiki entry for this method https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/USB_Installation_Media

best wishes

~ilikepenguins

vaioifive
04-01-2013, 05:06 PM
Not sure if it's been mentioned here but the latest version of universal usb installer has just added support for kali linux.

Here's the link http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

smittyrock
04-03-2013, 11:30 PM
I was having trouble installing it at first, but after dounloading the software again, it worked. I still had more problems though. It insatlled succesfully this time, however, i couldn't get the network to configure DHCP, which resulted in me not being able to setup package manager, so i was forced to select the no option. So now im not able to install packages from kali repositories. What can i do to be able to add the kali repositories?

orochimadit
04-07-2013, 05:17 PM
thanks bro :D

muffinman
04-10-2013, 02:32 AM
same issue

Have you got your boot entry set to boot a CD/DVD device before your USB?
If so, try swapping it to after the USB and see if that fixes it

BenKali
04-12-2013, 06:17 AM
I need immediate help.... When I try to boot Kali on my Touchsmarttm2 either live or graphical install from a USB/Flash Drive, It loads and gives me a Blackscreen... It did the same in the past with BackTrack and I was never able to install BackTack on my Hp Touchsmart tm2 i3.. I am stuck installing Kali because of this Blackscreen... I need immediate help....

BarryGreenstien
04-21-2013, 07:30 AM
Hi all, before I even download Kali Linux, I was just wondering if the backtrack 5 r3/2/1 problem had been fixed in Kali Linux. When I attempted to install backtrack 5 with a flash drive, upon typing startx my monitor would go black and the monitor light would be blinking. Simultaneously, my Radeon dual 5870's along with my desktop would remain on and I noticed my Radeon graphics cards would blow out extremely hot air, not even crisis 3 would cause this. Anyway, today I had decided to give backtrack 5 one last chance after previously wasted days, and followed these instructions because other instructions had failed me,

http://backtrack-linux.org/forums/showthread.php?t=48737

I was able to log in successfully after modifying and entering startx. Next, installed backtrack 5 r2, however; after restarting my desktop, I had the black screen of death with the blinking underscore... I was extremely frustrated not only because I had no backup, I had no recovery disks. Luckily I was able to find recovery disks online, burned them and started windows start up repair, after two hours, start up repair had failed and my desktop had restarted. Amazingly, windows gave me an option to ignore and continue using windows, next windows began checking my hard-drive and boom, windows 7 is fixed!
My specifications are
Alienware area 51
Intel core i7 960 bloomfield socket 1366 LGA
Radeon HD 5870
12gb RAM
Thank you...
By the way, Backtrack works using Vmware Workstation, but I wanted to install it in order to use pyrit and my gpus to go through dictionaries much faster because my alienware m18x is too slow, also my laptop has nvidia graphics cards. May that be the problem with my desktop? If so, I may consider selling my graphics cards and buying a nvidia titan. thanks.

longjidin
04-23-2013, 08:01 AM
i am using Linux Live USB Creator for 3 years now, it's stable and easy to use and i install Kali Linux using this....very easy try here http://www.linuxliveusb.com/downloads/?stable and for grub repair try this http://longjidinz.blogspot.com/2011/06/grub2-repair-in-backtrack-5.html update the live Kali Linux the install grub2 maybe this will help

happy hunting!!

DragonFart
04-27-2013, 01:08 PM
has anyone ever attempted installing Kali on usb stick(4g)? if yes, care to share some howto :)

henrx
04-28-2013, 02:32 AM
I used Unebootin in windows to make a bootable kali usb. worked great - does it take forever to install? backtrack was pretty quick.

tonyfalc
04-30-2013, 02:39 PM
I have downloaded Kali 1.0.2 via the website and installed it on a multiboot usb. Kali boots up and runs fine; however, contrary to what appears in the various How-Tos, the grub boot menu does not present me with the option to Install (either in Graphical or Text mode); all I have are various "Live" options.

Any advice?

root-boy
04-30-2013, 03:11 PM
When you select live, are you able to boot into live mode ?

zimmaro
04-30-2013, 04:28 PM
hi:)

thanks for the "method under linux" described in the documentation
http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-install
WORKED on my usb sandisk 16GB (persistence or live)




PS: For any interested I did a "" "video" "" up (kali-usb-pendrive) "" booting in virtualbox ""
http://vimeo.com/65144387
nothing new! & sorry for quality!

tonyfalc
04-30-2013, 08:02 PM
When you select live, are you able to boot into live mode ?

Yes, Kali runs fine in live mode. I just can't install it...

nishant
04-30-2013, 08:07 PM
i downloaded Win32 Disk Imager from the provide link..but after dowloading, it doesn't run. it shows about some missing file. what to do now please help

tonyfalc
05-01-2013, 01:34 PM
I have downloaded Kali 1.0.2 via the website and installed it on a multiboot usb. Kali boots up and runs fine; however, contrary to what appears in the various How-Tos, the grub boot menu does not present me with the option to Install (either in Graphical or Text mode); all I have are various "Live" options.

Any advice?

I have downloaded Kali 1.0.3 and see exactly the same thing, viz., that the Kali Splash screen presents me only with the options to do Live boots (three choices, I believe, regular, Forensic and Persistent). I am not presented with any "Install" options.

As I mentioned before, I am using a multiboot usb stick (prepared with YUMI), and when I choose any of the "Live" options, Kali boots fine. I just can't seem to install it.

I would appreciate any insight.

podux2
05-04-2013, 02:12 AM
its possible to install Kali on USB not as Boot Live Usb but as primary O.S like i install it on HDD , so i can update it without lost update after reboot it , i would appreaciate your help, btw sorry for my bad english isnt my primary language

DoubleY82
05-07-2013, 01:41 PM
Greetings,

Trying to create a Live USB of Kali Linux using Ubuntu 12.04, but not having any luck. I tried using the Ubuntu's Create a Starter Disk, but not having any luck cause it doesn't allow me to select the .iso.

I was successful to perform the Linux cmds shown on - http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-install but when I reboot my machine to and try to boot the up with the live usb, it doesn't work.

Any help will be much appreciated.

Cheers

DoubleY82
05-07-2013, 04:21 PM
Greetings,

Trying to create a Live USB of Kali Linux using Ubuntu 12.04, but not having any luck. I tried using the Ubuntu's Create a Starter Disk, but not having any luck cause it doesn't allow me to select the .iso.

I was successful to perform the Linux cmds shown on - http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-install but when I reboot my machine to and try to boot the up with the live usb, it doesn't work.

Any help will be much appreciated.

Cheers

I was able to resolve the issue, and got the usb live working.

Cheers

BarryGreenstien
05-10-2013, 01:54 AM
Hi guys i'm back, well I now permanently give up trying to install backtrack 5. I have been able to boot kali linux via flash drive, but once I am at the desktop there is no installation icon and once I reboot my desktop loads windows 7. It it possible to install kali to my hard drive?

Spectre117
05-13-2013, 11:15 PM
Ok, having some install issues. Installing from a USB, on a Samsung Series 7 Slate. (Im guessing i need to remake the USB from the Galaxy Note version of Kali, if I got to). However, I can complete everything up to the actual install the system step. However, it says the step failed, even though partitions have been set up appropriately. No idea hat could be causing this, and it doesnt give me any errors as to why its failing. I think it could have somthing to do with the OEM and Recovery partitions ont he tablet that I am not removing, but I will if I ahve to. Does anyone know if the Galaxy Note version of Kali will work better for installing onto the Series 7 Slate, or if I can bypass it all together (i have a usb hub that i am using to use keybord, flashdrive, and mouse as needed so not too worried about getting drivers programmed, just need to get it installed).

zartas
05-17-2013, 05:50 AM
i haven't find yet any multiboot usb creating software that supports the "install" menu for kali. i think best option is tha win32disk software the one i test and works

xxyxxyxx
05-17-2013, 09:50 AM
HI everyone...


i haven't find yet any multiboot usb creating software that supports the "install" menu for kali. i think best option is tha win32disk software the one i test and works

Have you tried launching kali, going into "application/system tools/install Kali linux" ?

Plus, for all those who are experiencing trouble with live USB, try this method (you can replace "ext2" by "ext4" during the creation of the partition: http://forums.kali.org/showthread.php?3450-How-to-make-a-PERSISTENT-live-usb-on-windows-using-ext2-filesystem&highlight=ext2

Let me now if it helps

Rikrake
05-28-2013, 10:27 PM
Hi :)

I have a question, maybe a stupid question.

Is the architecture of the iso is important ?

I ask this question, because I have a Kali live USB AMD64 and it works perfectly on PCs with AMD but it's impossible to boot on PCs with Intel :p

Thank you :)

xxyxxyxx
05-29-2013, 10:13 AM
For all those who are experiencing trouble with live USB, try this method (you can replace "ext2" by "ext4" during the creation of the partition: http://forums.kali.org/showthread.ph...highlight=ext2

manngaurav
06-14-2013, 05:35 AM
Hey i tried to install live usb on the usb itself seems dumb but that,s what was written on this http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-encrypted-disk-install, i asked to create some partitions but it produced an error saying soemthing like you cant do this before rebooting, after i reboot nothing happens only a black screen appears , so i thought maybe i could put the iso file again by formatting the usb, but n ow my usb is reduced to just 230MB from 8GB, can't format it using the HP disk format tool it says that disk is write protected, please help

note:the colourful menu shown in the link , it was not in my case i had the blue screen just like you have it in windows BIOS

auastyle
06-18-2013, 03:29 PM
I've succed make multiboot. Kali, Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server, BlankOn, Xubuntu, and Windows XP. I use MultiSystem to make them... :D

RageinHell
06-23-2013, 02:57 AM
If I use the install option will it wipe Windows 7?

N3XU5
06-27-2013, 05:31 PM
I just use the dd linux utility. It worked fine for me.

ExodusTime
07-10-2013, 08:22 PM
i have a problem installing Kali Linux 1.0.3-i386 with an USB on my Toshiba-NB_500 with Phoenix Bios... Kali istallation says there is a problem "Detecting and mounting the CD-ROM drivers" but, if im installing from an USB, why i need CD-ROM drivers? and in /dev/cdrom says there is nothing... what i need to do to troubleshoot this problem?

Thanks, and sorry if that does not go here.

hansol69
07-13-2013, 10:54 AM
Hey i tried to install live usb on the usb itself seems dumb but that,s what was written on this http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-encrypted-disk-install, i asked to create some partitions but it produced an error saying soemthing like you cant do this before rebooting, after i reboot nothing happens only a black screen appears , so i thought maybe i could put the iso file again by formatting the usb, but n ow my usb is reduced to just 230MB from 8GB, can't format it using the HP disk format tool it says that disk is write protected, please help I had a similar problem with my 8gb Cruzer Edge USB the HP disk Format tool won't format using the Quick format it says write protected but if you do a full format that will work.

I've still not managed to get kali successfully installed on my USB (need to do it that way as I Don't have a cd/dvd in my laptop) I tried both methods described in the official installation instructions, and also using unetbootin but non seem to work at all just end up making the USB unusable. I'm going to try with Universal USB installer and see if that works.

1337xir
07-20-2013, 06:13 PM
Thank you very much. I also found an article here about installing Kali + Encrypting it, although I wanted to ask if you can do this all at ones.
Install Kali on a USB drive + add persistence + encrypt it.

Can anyone shed some light on my question?
Also in what order should I do this?

k0s
07-22-2013, 11:39 PM
I understand what you're wanting to achieve. Is it possible? yes. In order to apply packages during the installation, the packages would need to be available and not interrupt the sequence. Makes sense, right? The prompt would have to be a part of the install package. Sure, there are ways. But in the end what you have ...may just be a false sense of security, while operating under default ROOT user. Under this premise, without a serious amount of system monitoring, you could turn a slight network intrusion into a massacre. Security is best administered in layers. Full disk ecrypt is not by any means free from vulnerability. The majority of targeted attacks actually look for these opportunities. Even with removable drives / containers - files (or efforts) can be launched during hibernation periods or to be launched from a cold-boot....etc etc... I could get into the technical value in more detail but I would assume a solution is what you are looking for. Check out TrueCrypt (but do some research and heed the warnings) Another great idea from the install is to partition correctly and accordingly. Having a plan for your data and an encrypted LVM according to sensitivity is a good place to begin your research. Make no mistake - Attacks are real and are exponentially increasing in complexity as technology evolves. Your best defense, besides setting stored information values to zero and TURNING THINGS OFF, is not giving attackers such big targets to point at. This isn't tin-foil hat stuff anymore. If security is a priority for you - study it. The answer to your question will surface when you see the level and severity at which "they" will go to side step your encryption. food for thought

Laz
07-31-2013, 09:37 PM
My Win32 Disk Imager doesn't recognizes the Kali.ISO file.
I've seted it for "all files" and WRITE the ISO for usb but wen I restart, OS NOT FOUND
I'm using BIOS Phoenix.

After done the tutorial with the app Win32 Disk Imager...
ERR: OS not found
linux.bin not found

Same problem here, Win32 Disk Imager, nor any other live USB creator I have tried will recognize the distro download as an ISO. Would appreciate any help - thanks!

Baash05
08-04-2013, 01:55 PM
I've tried a few times and no matter what option I select I can't get KALI running. I've tried a few USB sticks, and an SD card, but no matter what I do, I always get the same message.
"the CD-ROM does not seem to contain a valid 'Release'..."
I installed Backtrack5 with no issue, but nothing I do seems to get KALI running..
Is this a known issue with the install? Google comes at me with a few others asking for help on the issue, but nothing seems to get me through..

I find it very funny BTW that the method proposed in several posts, leads to a windows app.. :) Irony seems to be lost on posters. Ha.

SpartanNihilist
08-07-2013, 10:50 PM
Used dd command on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Appeared to work with sudo. On some machines the USB will not begin boot, on another it says isolinux.bin missing. Its a 16 gig usb. Have used Linux for seven or more years with dozens of distro installs from CD to USB. Never had these issues with unetbootin. Since I am following directions I am unsure what the problem is. Any help?

dexvils
08-13-2013, 01:36 AM
thanks a lot broh..

rockmike
08-27-2013, 05:07 PM
hey,
i downloaded the 64 bit *.iso from http://www.kali.org/downloads/ first with Google Chrome and then with Internet Explorer. I tried several USB-Sticks and a lot of tools for creating a bootable USB-Stick (unetbootin, rufus, universal-USB-Installer, LinuxLive USB Creator, dd and of course the win32diskImager) and it won't work.
When I start my pc I can select the USB-Stick in the boot-menu but the stick doesn't boot. Instead of booting the linux live system, Windows starts. If I deactivate booting from the HDD in the Bios, nothing happens. I tried it with two computers: a 5 year old pc (Windows 7) and my new laptop of the samsung series 9 (Windows 8).
The *.iso is not damaged I think, 'cause it works in VirtualBox...

So can anyone of you help me or has an idea how to get it work?

Hope for anwers!

Quest
08-30-2013, 01:02 AM
...

So can anyone of you help me or has an idea how to get it work?

Hope for anwers!

http://askubuntu.com/questions/208022/unable-to-boot-from-a-usb-drive-on-samsung-series-9-notebook

rockmike
09-01-2013, 06:27 PM
http://askubuntu.com/questions/208022/unable-to-boot-from-a-usb-drive-on-samsung-series-9-notebook

Thanks for your reply. Ubuntu works on my Samsung Series 9 but not Kali...

kaltaylor
09-12-2013, 02:11 AM
thanks a lot!:D

RedForman
09-14-2013, 11:32 AM
Question: Downloaded the mini iso to create a live-USB but when the stick boots, it only gives me the options to install, and not to run as live. Kali 1.05 64 bit mini iso downloaded. Thanks folks.

rickie
09-19-2013, 01:00 PM
for some reason my computer wont boot past "verifying dmi data pool" on a usb stick. I'v tried different tools for creating the the live usb; rusuf, uui, lili, even the win32 image creator recommended in the tutorial (this one corrupted my usb stick). iv successfully booted different versions of linux on my system already both from usb stick and dvd's but kali just doesnt seem to load past that screen. iv tried booting it on my computer at work which is intel based and i use the amd64 iso and it worked perfectly.
any advice/help is greatfully appreciated.
system: amd mobo dual core 2.3ghz, 4g ram and nvidia graphx card currently running win8 and BT5.

ancylla
09-23-2013, 10:43 PM
My Win32 Disk Imager doesn't recognizes the Kali.ISO file.
I've seted it for "all files" and WRITE the ISO for usb but wen I restart, OS NOT FOUND
I'm using BIOS Phoenix.

After done the tutorial with the app Win32 Disk Imager...
ERR: OS not found
linux.bin not found

Hello, i am having the exact same problem, same bios as well. Tried both 64 and 32 bit, multiple downloads of each, checked the downloads were not corrupt, followed the instructions on kali.org all to no avail. I have wiped the hard drive with parted magic, still nothing.

Thanks

rollingst0ne
09-27-2013, 03:17 PM
Try LiLi USB creator, worked perfectly for me. Its Linux Live USB Creator.

mshroomz
09-29-2013, 03:18 PM
Hello all i am a noob when it comes to kali this is my first time doing live usb option i got it all running ok and i got persistence done correctly.I just have a 2 quick questions, since i have USB persistence does that mean when i update that it will stick and not dissapear soon as i reboot.the reason i ask is because the persistence folders contents never change after i update but when i reboot and log back on and try to upgrade software it says that its all up to date and thats after i downloaded the 340MB update. if anyone could please help me i would appreciate it.Question #2 how do i install programs like firefox and make them actually stay and load when i use persistence?

KaliKat
09-30-2013, 10:37 PM
Hi everyone.

For those of you who have tried everything under the sun to get Kali to boot from a USB (Live or otherwise), I feel your pain. Here's what I discovered...hopefully it will help someone avoid the anguish.

If your BIOS has UEFI enabled, you're screwed unless you can enable "Legacy" support and disable "Secure Boot". But EVEN THEN, you may be screwed. You can try some of the UEFI fixes out there (as I have done) but none of them have worked, at least for me. No matter what I try, the USB stick is simply ignored during the boot process and Windows happily rears its ugly login screen. My particular BIOS (American Megatrends) just flat hates booting from a USB, no matter what combination of changes I make.

As to the USB itself, I tried:
LiLi, unetbootin, Universal-USB-installer, Win32 Disk Imager (ad nauseam)

I am running Windows 8 (unfortunately) on a new machine (i7 4700 Haswell blah) and while the laptop is a screamer, Windows 8 and my BIOS just ignore UEFI settings.

Until (and ONLY until) Kali distro is built to address the UEFI issue, I'm afraid we are left running Kali in a VBox (or similar)...which actually works great, but totally not portable.

Anyway, best of luck to everyone.

jjd
10-03-2013, 01:22 AM
I have followed the directions to make a live cd with persistence and they work flawlessly! but i would like to mix it up a little.... I have a 64gb usb disk that i would like to create 3 partitions on....
1) Kali Live (≈3gb)
2) persistence (≈27gb)
3) fat32 storage drive (≈27gb)

Heres my problem. If I create the fat32 partition with gparted when I create the persistence partition it works for mac or linux but if i try to use the usb disc on a windows machine the fat32 partition "needs to be formatted". If I do that it wipes out the first partition (Kali Live). I could get this to work by doing a full install to the usb but I find a live disk runs faster even with persistence and if I ever screw something up I can just delete the files from the persistence partition and stat again.

if anyone knows how I can accomplish this I would love some help!

zalan.szakolci
10-20-2013, 03:05 PM
Hi everyone,

I am having trouble with installing Kali from a live usb. I can boot the live flawlessly, however every time I try to install the system, the installation fails. I've tried downloading again, and many different tools (lili usb creator, universal usb install, unetbootin), but the result is the same. I paste the last few lines of the syslog. If anyone could help me, I would really appreciate it.

Oct 20 16:23:01 main-menu[4805]: DEBUG: resolver (libgcc1): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 16:23:01 main-menu[4805]: INFO: Menu item 'user-setup-udeb' selected
Oct 20 16:23:08 main-menu[4805]: DEBUG: resolver (libgcc1): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 16:23:09 main-menu[4805]: INFO: Menu item 'clock-setup' selected
Oct 20 14:23:05 clock-setup: Sun Oct 20 14:23:05 UTC 2013
Oct 20 14:23:05 clock-setup: rdate: adjust local clock by -7203.368444 seconds
Oct 20 14:23:06 main-menu[4805]: DEBUG: resolver (libgcc1): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:06 main-menu[4805]: INFO: Menu item 'disk-detect' selected
Oct 20 14:23:06 anna-install: Installing mmc-modules
Oct 20 14:23:06 mtp-probe: checking bus 1, device 4: "/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.0/usb1/1-1/1-1.5"
Oct 20 14:23:06 mtp-probe: checking bus 2, device 3: "/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb2/2-1/2-1.3"
Oct 20 14:23:06 mtp-probe: checking bus 2, device 4: "/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb2/2-1/2-1.8"
Oct 20 14:23:06 mtp-probe: bus: 2, device: 3 was not an MTP device
Oct 20 14:23:06 mtp-probe: bus: 2, device: 4 was not an MTP device
Oct 20 14:23:06 mtp-probe: bus: 1, device: 4 was not an MTP device
Oct 20 14:23:06 hw-detect: Missing modules 'eth1394 (FireWire ethernet)
Oct 20 14:23:07 check-missing-firmware: /dev/.udev/firmware-missing does not exist, skipping
Oct 20 14:23:07 check-missing-firmware: /run/udev/firmware-missing does not exist, skipping
Oct 20 14:23:07 check-missing-firmware: no missing firmware in /dev/.udev/firmware-missing /run/udev/firmware-missing
Oct 20 14:23:08 check-missing-firmware: /dev/.udev/firmware-missing does not exist, skipping
Oct 20 14:23:08 check-missing-firmware: /run/udev/firmware-missing does not exist, skipping
Oct 20 14:23:08 check-missing-firmware: no missing firmware in /dev/.udev/firmware-missing /run/udev/firmware-missing
Oct 20 14:23:08 main-menu[4805]: (process:8917): modprobe: invalid option -- 'l'
Oct 20 14:23:08 main-menu[4805]: (process:8917): modprobe: invalid option -- 'l'
Oct 20 14:23:09 main-menu[4805]: DEBUG: resolver (libgcc1): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:09 main-menu[4805]: INFO: Menu item 'partman-base' selected
Oct 20 14:23:09 anna-install: Installing partman-auto-lvm
Oct 20 14:23:09 anna[9594]: DEBUG: resolver (cdebconf-udeb): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:09 anna[9594]: DEBUG: resolver (di-utils): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:09 anna[9594]: DEBUG: resolver (kernel-image-3.7-trunk-amd64-di): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:09 anna[9594]: DEBUG: resolver (core-modules-3.7-trunk-amd64-di): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:09 anna[9594]: DEBUG: resolver (fat-modules): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:09 anna[9594]: DEBUG: resolver (libdebian-installer4-udeb): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:09 anna[9594]: DEBUG: resolver (archdetect): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:09 anna[9594]: DEBUG: resolver (hw-detect): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:09 anna[9594]: DEBUG: retrieving partman-auto-lvm 47
Oct 20 14:23:09 anna[9594]: DEBUG: retrieving partman-lvm 82
Oct 20 14:23:10 anna[9594]: DEBUG: retrieving lvm2-udeb 2.02.95-7
Oct 20 14:23:10 anna-install: Installing partman-auto-crypto
Oct 20 14:23:10 anna[9694]: DEBUG: resolver (cdebconf-udeb): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:10 anna[9694]: DEBUG: resolver (di-utils): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:10 anna[9694]: DEBUG: resolver (kernel-image-3.7-trunk-amd64-di): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:10 anna[9694]: DEBUG: resolver (core-modules-3.7-trunk-amd64-di): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:10 anna[9694]: DEBUG: resolver (fat-modules): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:10 anna[9694]: DEBUG: resolver (libdebian-installer4-udeb): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:10 anna[9694]: DEBUG: resolver (archdetect): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:10 anna[9694]: DEBUG: resolver (hw-detect): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:10 anna[9694]: DEBUG: retrieving partman-auto-crypto 19
Oct 20 14:23:10 anna[9694]: DEBUG: retrieving partman-crypto 57
Oct 20 14:23:11 kernel: [ 396.557198] btrfs: Unknown symbol zlib_deflateInit2 (err 0)
Oct 20 14:23:11 kernel: [ 396.596819] JFS: nTxBlock = 8192, nTxLock = 65536
Oct 20 14:23:12 md-devices: mdadm: No arrays found in config file or automatically
Oct 20 14:23:12 partman: No matching physical volumes found
Oct 20 14:23:12 partman: Reading all physical volumes. This may take a while...
Oct 20 14:23:12 partman: No volume groups found
Oct 20 14:23:12 partman-lvm: No volume groups found
Oct 20 14:23:39 partman: mke2fs 1.42.5 (29-Jul-2012)
Oct 20 14:23:41 apt-install: Queueing package e2fsprogs for later installation
Oct 20 14:23:41 main-menu[4805]: (process:9580): WARNING: could not open /lib/modules/3.7-trunk-amd64/modules.builtin: No such file or directory
Oct 20 14:23:41 main-menu[4805]: (process:9580): /bin/perform_recipe: line 38: reuse_partitions: not found
Oct 20 14:23:41 main-menu[4805]: DEBUG: resolver (libgcc1): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:41 main-menu[4805]: INFO: Menu item 'live-installer' selected
Oct 20 14:23:41 base-installer: info: Using squashfs support for /cdrom/live/filesystem.squashfs
Oct 20 14:23:41 anna-install: Installing squashfs-modules
Oct 20 14:23:41 anna[12696]: DEBUG: resolver (kernel-image-3.7-trunk-amd64-di): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:23:41 anna[12696]: DEBUG: retrieving squashfs-modules-3.7-trunk-amd64-di 3.7.2-0+kali8
Oct 20 14:28:02 kernel: [ 687.152850] SQUASHFS error: Unable to read data cache entry [50f042ba]
....
Oct 20 14:28:02 kernel: [ 687.153161] SQUASHFS error: xz_dec_run error, data probably corrupt
...
Oct 20 14:28:02 kernel: [ 687.163082] SQUASHFS error: Unable to read data cache entry [50f042ba]
Oct 20 14:28:02 base-installer: error: The tar process copying the live system failed (only 201124 out of 290107 files have been copied, last file was ).
Oct 20 14:28:02 main-menu[4805]: (process:12641): tar: read error: Input/output error
Oct 20 14:28:02 main-menu[4805]: (process:12641): tar: short read
Oct 20 14:28:02 main-menu[4805]: WARNING **: Configuring 'live-installer' failed with error code 1
Oct 20 14:28:02 main-menu[4805]: WARNING **: Menu item 'live-installer' failed.
Oct 20 14:28:59 main-menu[4805]: INFO: Modifying debconf priority limit from 'high' to 'medium'
Oct 20 14:28:59 debconf: Setting debconf/priority to medium
Oct 20 14:28:59 main-menu[4805]: DEBUG: resolver (libgcc1): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:29:07 main-menu[4805]: INFO: Menu item 'save-logs' selected
Oct 20 14:29:20 main-menu[4805]: DEBUG: resolver (libgcc1): package doesn't exist (ignored)
Oct 20 14:29:29 main-menu[4805]: INFO: Menu item 'di-utils-exit-installer' selected

guardian
10-21-2013, 02:15 PM
I was successful in making live boot USB using Win 32 image burner,
but i am not able to utilize remaining 6 GB of my 8 GB pendrive,
it is giving following error. what should i do?
162

sami
11-02-2013, 07:11 PM
i install kali linux 1.0.5 on my laptop with windows7 than when i restart isee black sreen with blinking underscore in anther mean i have than same problem
what the recovery disks you use
and how you fixed

r0tati0n
11-10-2013, 09:07 AM
Is there a way to add the persistent partition regardless of the name of the USB device?
E.G: adding the uuid to the script instead of /sdb?


Secondly:
Is it possible to modify the live.cfg in the isolinux folder so that I do not have to add "persistence" all the time?
I tried this by editing the kali image with ultraiso, but the CD wouldn boot afterwards. Same thing with the USB stick.

My overall goal would be a USB stick with a full kali that is capable of adding and keeping updates AND still works on every Computer plugged into.

j283lwwme2
11-19-2013, 09:13 PM
I have a couple pretty noob questions I'm hoping someone can help me with...

1. What is the advantage of installing a "Live Kali" instead of just a regular Kali installation? What's the value of being "fresh" each time?
2. If I setup a persistence partition, and mount it according to the instructions, what is actually persisted in terms of OS settings and packages? I notice that there are over 100 updates in the system updates, so are these updates persisted if installed?
3. Why is the recommended partitioning 4GB FAT32, and rest EXT4? Why not just make it all EXT4? ...and why only 4GB? When I ran the system updates, it ran out of space on the /rootfs (which had been given 3GB).

I realize these are fundamental questions, so I appreciate the noob help in advance.

zhanghaixia
11-24-2013, 06:40 AM
I'm trying to set up Kali from a Stay USB, but I've got FUT 14 Coins Xbox (http://www.fifacoinfast.com) a issue. The USB Generate will start to a Stay edition absolutely, but when I try to set up from the Fifa 14 PC Coins (http://www.fifa14coinsale.co.uk/) USB, the set up program gripes that I don't have the difficult disk in the DVD produce. Well, of course I don't--it should come from the USB produce. And I can't get previous that level. Anyone having the same problem?

c4bix
11-28-2013, 09:51 AM
you can use LiLi Creator "Linux Live Creator". :p

samuri
12-10-2013, 08:43 PM
I am banging my head here.
I'm trying to install the 64 bit version. I've tried putting it on a USB stick from a macbook, a linux box and a windows machine. I've used different usb sticks, unique downloads of the iso and different installation tools. Installs to USB fine, fails on boot up with very similar messages along the lines of failed sector.
Can't see anyone complaining of the same problems. It's utterly bizarre. I don't expect anyone to fix this, just wanted to vent steam.
Just tried installing ubuntu on one of the sticks, boots up fine. I would say it's a fundamental problem with the ISO but clearly others would have it too. Very confused.

ctyphus
12-10-2013, 09:18 PM
So I have a major issue. I downloaded kali 64 bit, put it on a flash drive using the guide you guys have and followed all of them to try and install it. I partitioned my drives and went to install the system but I just got an error about halfway through saying it cant install the system. so now the only way I can even use my pc at the moment is to launch Kali Linux live through my usb. So my question is, what do I do to get it to install correctly? I encrypted one of my drives during the first half of setting everything up so I don't know if I'm screwed now? Maybe I can get a friend to put everything on his usb and try to install it again?

weasel
12-11-2013, 03:49 AM
Installing to a USB / removable media:
You may follow other directions to install to a DVD.
For USB / flash media devices, the scheme seems to go like this:
Download the ISO to somewhere.
dd the ISO to somewhere, maybe a USB / flash / removable media.
DO NOT try to update, upgrade or dist-upgrade the target (of=) of the dd.
Now boot to the USB / flash / removable media
Finally, select the Install to a different USB / flash / removable media with AT LEAST 12 GB of storage. You MUST have a network connection available for a long time; I do not yet understand why, but it will not reliable install unless it can see the Internet.
Choose your partitioning, etc. as your disks, USB, flash or other media permit.
I worked this for a couple of weeks to learn these conditions.
Please contribute when / as you are able.
weasel

samuri
12-11-2013, 09:08 PM
Installing to a USB / removable media:
....
Choose your partitioning, etc. as your disks, USB, flash or other media permit.
I worked this for a couple of weeks to learn these conditions.
Please contribute when / as you are able.
weasel

Oh dear, that sounds like a mess. Plus when I try dd-ing from my macbook it creates a non-bootable USB

What a pity. Never had any problems with any live USB distro before. I'm pretty frustrated with this one.

juan_sanz
12-20-2013, 08:32 PM
Hey what's up. im having problems when booting it from my SanDisk Cruzer Micro usb stick. It does not boot, but my bios recognizes the USB.
My laptop is an HP and has Windows 8 installed. I disabled secure boot and legacy support.
Is there any incompatibility between HP and SanDisk USB's?
If not, why does it not boot? I burned it with Unetbootin and LiLi and any of them worked.

Thanks in advance^^

samuri
12-22-2013, 07:44 PM
Oh dear, that sounds like a mess. Plus when I try dd-ing from my macbook it creates a non-bootable USB

What a pity. Never had any problems with any live USB distro before. I'm pretty frustrated with this one.

Just to help then.
I tried writing to DVD which worked perfectly. No idea why I had problems with USB but it's clear I'm not the only one.
If you're still having issues with USB, try writing to a DVD and see if that works.

juan_sanz
12-23-2013, 08:11 PM
Which program did u use to burn the iso into a DVD? :3

MGSchmidt
12-27-2013, 04:52 PM
Good evening muts,

I'm sorry, I've seen the hint to post problems with the live usb-installation here too late. So I do it now again - here.
I've installed Kali Linux 1.0.5 with unetbootin 5.85 and along with the named document "Kali Linux Live USB install". The article was quiet good and easy to work with it.

The installations worked both. That one with unetbootin and the official one.
My problem is, that no installation starts, allthough USB-Booting is allowed in the BIOS.

Is here anybody who has a good idea, what my mistake is?

TIA,
MGS

MGSchmidt
12-27-2013, 06:48 PM
Hi Juan,
I took K3b. It works with gnome, too.

Regards,
MGS

juan_sanz
12-28-2013, 02:09 PM
Hi, I will try with that program, thanks ^^

juan_sanz
12-29-2013, 10:25 PM
Hello everyone, I finally booted Backtrack and Kali Linux from USB, but now I have a problem and its that both dont recognize my wireless card :S. I booted it on my notebook(small one) and works without problems.
My laptop is an HP Pavilon g6 Notebook PC and has Windows 8.
Anyone knows how to fix it?

Thanks in advance, Juan.

Akshay
12-30-2013, 10:19 AM
I was installing kali linux on my windows7 pc from usb.During installation,I did something wrong(during memory partition) and now my usb size is reduced from 3.76GB to2.35GB.Please,help on how to fix it.

bofh28
12-31-2013, 01:40 AM
I used dd if=kali.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=512k to create my usb thumb drive install of kali 1.05. It works well until I boot into windows 7 and try to add a file to the thumb drive. Windows 7 says the drive is unformatted and offers to format it for me. I used fdisk -l and the partition type is 17 a Hidden IFS (e.g., HPFS) partition. I then tried LiLi to create a bootable thumb drive and it writes out the file, everything boots fine, but it looks like the files and folders are a little different between the 2 different methods of writing the iso to the thumb drive.
1) Why can't windows write files to the drive when I use dd to write out the iso?
2) Why do the 2 methods (dd vs LiLi) create slightly different layouts?

redstring
01-12-2014, 08:30 PM
Does anyone know for sure that Kali Linux is bootable from a USB with the Series 3 Chromebook?

I've used this guide here (http://docs.kali.org/armel-armhf/install-kali-samsung-chromebook) from Kali's docs, using the 1.0.6 ARMHF Kali, but I'm running into this error: ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS. This happens after trying cgpt add for KERN-A or KERN-B.

I have:
[LIST]
Confirmed the location of the USB at /dev/sda
Quadruple checked commands entered
Checked SHA1 sum

Cgpt show /dev/sda throws back the same error.

Any ideas?

Rysik
01-24-2014, 02:39 PM
Put on usb kali 1.06 amd64. after reboot-windows 8.1 hangs, nothing works. 2 times pereustanavlival windows.

btinsley81
01-24-2014, 10:45 PM
I'm in college majoring in Cybersecurity and very new to Linux. I started using Backtrack 5 R3 as dual boot with Windows 8 a few months ago to prepare for Linux security classes and now that Backtrack is no longer being maintained I want to remove it and install Kali. Is there a way to do this without wiping my entire HDD? If so any help in that direction would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

nafets
01-25-2014, 12:15 PM
What about a usb installation with persistence through a USB installer? such as Unetbootin Universal USB installer.

hack.root//T
01-26-2014, 03:11 AM
Will all the services work when you do everything in the tutorial. Because I did it and I cannot install nvidia drivers can someone help me. PM me please

nafets
01-26-2014, 03:45 AM
Installing from a live CD directly to a USB pendrive worked flawlessly for me.

Used a USB 3.0, 16GB scandisk. Grub had issues with installing automatically. I had to specify the Master Boot Record to be set to (in my case) /dev/sdc.

FranklynA
01-30-2014, 11:29 PM
My Win32 Disk Imager doesn't recognizes the Kali.ISO file.
I've seted it for "all files" and WRITE the ISO for usb but wen I restart, OS NOT FOUND
I'm using BIOS Phoenix.

After done the tutorial with the app Win32 Disk Imager...
ERR: OS not found
linux.bin not found

For some technical reason Win32 is good to make Windows USB ISO's boot, but is no good to make Linux USB ISO's boot.
Download Unetbootin (extract if necessary & run - installing it is not necessary). I know for a fact that Unetbootin always works for creating Linux USB ISO boots on a windows system.

Another solution is to Install VMWare or Virtualbox and drop your downloaded Linux ISO into it & run.

Good Luck

Yuki
02-01-2014, 07:32 AM
I've tried to install KALI live usb
then I make a persistence mode and successfully,
but when i update repository and after the restart and only appear blank screen, even though I've been following the appropriate instructions here.

No one knows the solution?

Porko
02-02-2014, 11:32 AM
Hi everyone. I've been trying to integrate Kali (as substitution to BT5) into the pretty old Katana multiboot "environment" (if it doesn't ring a bell, you can pertain it as simply multiboot pendrive using syslinux; you place each of your distros into separate folder and add apropriate boot menu section to .cfg file) using guidelines have been laid in this topic, generally with success (it boots in live mode), but there is a thing that bothers me. BT5 didn't have "tools", "pool" and "dists" folder in the root of iso image. What should I do with theese? Should I place them in the folder with live image of kali, or in the root of pendrive? Or probably some another options should be added to kernel parameters string? My ultimate goal is to not only make it bootable, but also ready to be installed from the pendrive, won't the absense of aforementioned folders prevent or somehow break setup process?

slym
02-05-2014, 12:55 PM
Hi guys,

I'm the developper behind LinuxLive USB Creator and I'm trying to find a way to make Kali live USB with persistence in a file.

I tried a few boot options such as persistence-path,persistence-storage but none worked so far.

Can you help me ?

ariel
02-11-2014, 05:25 AM
My Win32 Disk Imager doesn't recognizes the Kali.ISO file.
I've seted it for "all files" and WRITE the ISO for usb but wen I restart, OS NOT FOUND
I'm using BIOS Phoenix.

After done the tutorial with the app Win32 Disk Imager...
ERR: OS not found
linux.bin not found



same i encountered, how we can fied this admin

Snake
02-11-2014, 06:45 AM
Hello, i'm tying to install Kali on a usb key but i'm not able to.

I downloaded the iso (i tried 32 and 64...), i tried many tools : unetboot, win32 disk manager, linux live USB creator universal linux boot... But everytime when i tried to boot on the key, it's not working, the boot is not detected, i tried the key on 3 computers and it's the same.

This is how i do :
- i format the key using SD formatter
- i run a boot creator program ( unetboot, Linux live USB creator...) then i follow the process, i add the iso file then start... I wait until the program says it's done.
- Retart the computer change the boot priority to usb.

But it does'nt start, the key is not detected as bootable...

What's wrong ? Can you help ?

Bushido91
02-11-2014, 03:18 PM
This my first time using this forum and I may have posted in the incorrect place with my first post! I have created a usb boot drive with Kali 32 and booted to a win7 machine. I get Invalid or corrupt kernel image' when I choose the any of the live versions. I have searched for solutions and followed some suggestions but it still does it! Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks

stormsight
02-28-2014, 04:52 PM
after numerous attemps i finally managed to put a working image on my usb, i had to use win32 disk imager, why do i have to use windows to install a linux distro?!
anyway:
dd if=kali.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=512k failed
unetbootin failed
other programs failed

Eunix
02-28-2014, 07:36 PM
I successfully used Win32 Disk Manager (see thread (https://forums.kali.org/showthread.php?20529-Win32-Disk-Imager-Successful-Install-(Windows-XP-Box-Kali-LiveUSB-32-bit)))

-e

nocturnalfreq
03-02-2014, 03:36 AM
Im having problems with acer aspire v5-122p-0408

ive made a bootable usb
set bios to boot it. and it skips right over to my hard drive on boot
the drive looks correct when i open the files open in ubuntu
i wrote the amd 64 iso version to a brand new 8 gig usb drive from terminal.

can anyone help out?

phlampe
03-05-2014, 05:08 PM
Hello All !

I just installed Kali Linux on a bran new USB 3.0 stick, and it works really well. It runs very quickly from the stick, so nice that I almost don't see the difference from running from a hard-drive (I not doing anything very I/O intensive though). That new USB 3.0 pen-drive has 150 Mb/s read speed, and 70 Mb/s write speed (according to the maker) and I think that's what really makes a difference.

Btw, I created the Live USB directly from Mac OS by following the instructions here : How to create a bootable USB stick on OS X (http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx). The main difference with the steps on the Kali Live USB install (http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-install) page resides in converting the .iso file to a .img file before copying it with dd on the stick.

Anyway, it's working now with a persistence partition that I would like to mount automatically each time I boot on the key instead of adding the "persistence" string at the end of the boot command.

Where can I change that boot line ? I tried finding a grub.cfg or menu.lst file on the key, no success, and I'm not super familiar with the boot sequence on such a Linux system.

Thanks for any help,
Paul-Henri

Katalio
03-13-2014, 05:40 AM
Hello everyone!

I got Kali Linux iso to mount, can boot from external no problem

Once it lods it asks for a user/pass. Everywhere I have read states that user/pass is root/toor, if not that then it's "what you set it to when you installed." Well seeing as how root/toor tried every which way doesn't work and there was no actual install process as I'm booting live, what do I do?? I'm more than a little frustrated :(

s4dn3s
03-15-2014, 03:12 AM
thank you

phlampe
03-19-2014, 05:08 PM
Once it lods it asks for a user/pass. Everywhere I have read states that user/pass is root/toor, if not that then it's "what you set it to when you installed." Well seeing as how root/toor tried every which way doesn't work and there was no actual install process as I'm booting live, what do I do?? I'm more than a little frustrated :(

Did you check you keyboard layout ? If you're using a non US keyboard, it might be that some of the letters end-up different from what you're typing.

Hope this helps,
Paul-Henri

mastrock
04-10-2014, 02:25 PM
i have a problem booting from usb

i've downloaded amd64 kali linux and used the provided ls-creator then tried to boot ...after choosing usb key from boot menu instead it boots from the hdd (starting windows )
then i put default boot from usb tried again but nothing changed ( my current windows is a 64 bit and have a good rig ...an msi mobo z87...f that matter ) ....but then i took that usb stick and pluged it to another desktop (running 32 bit windows 7) and boot from usb WORKS smoothly so obviously the prob is in my computer but i dont know what the hell it is
i used my computer (64 bit) to download and create the usb
any help???ideas??

USBhub
04-20-2014, 09:15 PM
i am having a problem with live booting on the USB, when i installed it it said the usb can be corupt. It boots up and go to the screen, but when i try the live boot. it always fails :( heres a picture of when i go in live
http://i.gyazo.com/0fb729e348be9ef0d165de4b32a967e7.png

simo8989
05-04-2014, 04:39 PM
I followed the procedure for creating a live USB using Ubuntu, I've created my USB by typing: dd if=\home\simone\scaricati\kali-linux\kalilinux.iso of=\dev\sdb1
The process finish, and return's me ok.. But when I restart my PC and I boot from USB, I obtain the following error: error loading operating system

staticn0de
05-07-2014, 08:06 PM
I followed the procedure for creating a live USB using Ubuntu, I've created my USB by typing: dd if=\home\simone\scaricati\kali-linux\kalilinux.iso of=\dev\sdb1
The process finish, and return's me ok.. But when I restart my PC and I boot from USB, I obtain the following error: error loading operating system

Hi there, you need to dd the iso to the drive, not the partition.

Straight from the Kali guide:

dd if=kali.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=512k

staticn0de
05-07-2014, 08:08 PM
i have a problem booting from usb

i've downloaded amd64 kali linux and used the provided ls-creator then tried to boot ...after choosing usb key from boot menu instead it boots from the hdd (starting windows )
then i put default boot from usb tried again but nothing changed ( my current windows is a 64 bit and have a good rig ...an msi mobo z87...f that matter ) ....but then i took that usb stick and pluged it to another desktop (running 32 bit windows 7) and boot from usb WORKS smoothly so obviously the prob is in my computer but i dont know what the hell it is
i used my computer (64 bit) to download and create the usb
any help???ideas??

Are you EFI booting?

simo8989
05-08-2014, 12:13 PM
Thank you for the reply :) sorry but Im new to the linux world, and i can't understand what do you mean by saying "you need to dd the iso to the drive" because my kali iso is inside the path i've specified after if (if=\home\simone\scaricati\kali-linux\kalilinux.iso) do i need to mount the iso file? thank you in advance

mudiarta
05-09-2014, 07:32 AM
how to fix wierless not detect in kali linux,

staticn0de
05-09-2014, 01:40 PM
No, you don't need to mount it.

Your command before was:
dd if=\home\simone\scaricati\kali-linux\kalilinux.iso of=\dev\sdb1

Notice the 1 after sdb. This is telling dd to put the contents of kalilinux.iso on the first partition of sdb1.

You need dd to place it on the drive, not the partition.

dd if=\home\simone\scaricati\kali-linux\kalilinux.iso of=\dev\sdb bs=512k

Make sure that sdb is your Usb drive before you start or you could wipe something unexpected.

Edit: make sure you run the command as root

kamachi
05-25-2014, 04:05 AM
Hi i got problems with booting Kali, hope someone would help.
I booted up Kali in VMware Workstation and installed to a usbstick from there using the installer. It went well.
I rebooted the computer and booted from the usbstick and get some kind of error and the systemboot is postponed.

Got a picture here: http://postimg.org/image/jo2wedcx7/

I had no trouble doing this with BackTrack, tried it just before i installed Kali on it. I'm using a Kingston DataTraveler G2 16GB.

glitch_head
05-28-2014, 04:18 PM
hey i used www.pendrivelinux.com to install kali linux onto my usb yet u cant manage to set up the Kali Live Encrypted USB Persistence. is it possible to set it up wile using www.pendrivelinux.com?

Subscriber
06-02-2014, 09:07 AM
I have "Kingston 32Gb 3.0" is it good for persistence installation?

Second question is that i am new to Linux is there any step-by-step
tutorial for "Kali usb persistence Installation"?

eddiiee
06-04-2014, 10:16 AM
Hi i got problems with booting Kali, hope someone would help.
I booted up Kali in VMware Workstation and installed to a usbstick from there using the installer. It went well.
I rebooted the computer and booted from the usbstick and get some kind of error and the systemboot is postponed.

Got a picture here: http://postimg.org/image/jo2wedcx7/
I had no trouble doing this with BackTrack, tried it just before i installed Kali on it. I'm using a Kingston DataTraveler G2 16GB.

Hey, I got almost the same problem. I installed Kali Live with use of the "dd" command in terminal on a usb.
When I try to boot from the usb I get a black screen and then ~6 rows of text shows.

"numbers..." [sdc] no caching mode found
"numbers..." [sdc] assuming driver cache: writh through
"numbers..." [sdc] no caching mode found
"numbers..." [sdc] assuming driver cache: writh through
"numbers..." [sdc] no caching mode found
"numbers..." [sdc] assuming driver cache: writh through

after that it resumes to boot ubuntu.
My usb stick has two partions, one on sdc and the second (this is the 3,95 Gb part where I installed Kali Live) is sdc1.
Do you think this has something to do with it? and how could I solve this?

thankful for answears :)

meanit
06-06-2014, 04:48 PM
I have an Windows 8 PC with an msi motherboard. i used the 64bit amd kali version and mounted it on my usb stick with the universial usb installer (http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/)

when i boot from the usb stick i am able to enter the kali linux menu where i press the live amd64bit mask. (but there is no difference when i press somethin else) then the distribution starts with the text floating over the screen and after that the screen becomes dark and stays like this. i waited 10 minutes but nothin changes, so for me it is not possible to start the distribution.

anybody offers help for this issue?

victim
06-09-2014, 06:13 PM
Does anyone know how to boot live USB Kali on a Samsung Chromebook?

Jaapyse
06-16-2014, 10:56 AM
I have created the bootable USB. When I plug it into my PC and select top boot from it, it just doesn't do a thing. It opens a black screen with a blinking _ , goes down one line and keeps blinking the _. That is all it does. Is there any fix to this, or can I at least know why this happens?

Jake
06-25-2014, 04:31 AM
I have and issue with adding the persistence partition to my USB 32 GB. I installed Kali on a USB, and I can boot just fine, but when I try to run gparted, I get: invalid argument during seek for read on /dev/sda, and gparted exits after few more messages.
If I run gparted /dev/sdc, gparted runs, and I can see the USB, but there is no unallocated space shown. Part at the beginning is yellow, and the rest is white, clearly empty, but it is not separated, so I can't use the empty space. I have searched online, and it appears that I need to unmount a partition and try to remount it somehow, but I don't know how.
I have been a Windows user my whole life and just recently started working with Linux, so I am kind of lost. Any help is appreciated, especially if I can understand what is going on. I just installed Kali 1.0.7 x64 today on a USB and I am booting it on my laptop.
Thank you.

Achap1989
06-26-2014, 09:06 AM
every time I go to boot from the kali live usb it simply says error booting from kali/x20Live

Please tell me someone knows what is going on

KingVM
06-26-2014, 08:34 PM
How would you proceed if you'd want to remove KALI from the live USB in which it was installed?

Arvandor
06-27-2014, 09:16 PM
Ok, so I have a live USB Kali drive that I've mostly just used to install Kali onto other machines. Today I decided to try and make it persistent and play around with that, and the setup works, and persistence seems to work, but it is AGONIZINGLY slow. I don't know if it's the PNY32gig I'm using, or some trick of persistence, or something weird that happened during the install processes, but it took an inordinately long time to reach the desktop on boot, iceweasel wouldn't even really open, and it's currently crawling through an apt-get update && apt-get upgrade at the speed of snail.

I'm kind of hoping that it's just the write nature of persistence, and that once I get things set up and boot it Live it'll run at a decent clip, but if it doesn't, should I maybe look at a different kind of USB for my Live boot, or just scrap the whole idea and stick with a dual boot laptop?

qqopw
07-04-2014, 01:12 PM
Hi,i'm new to Kali Linux, I prepare to install Kali using grub in my USB device (There are already CDLinux and Puppy in the device, so I don't want to erase my device.) I don't know how to write in menu.lst, can anyone please help me ?

kosikin
07-07-2014, 06:14 PM
Universal USB Installer is working too ;)

Mayank_07
07-18-2014, 08:05 AM
Hey everyone
I've been struggling to install Kali Linux on my pc since the past few days.
Brief description of my laptop if that matters - Windows 8.1, 64-bit architecture. I've kept a separate partition for Kali Linux with allotted space of 22 GB.
I've followed all the steps showed in Kali Linux Live USB Install (http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-install). I've turned off secure boot and I'm not doing UEFI booting. I've set my USB on high priority in boot options. But still when I restart my laptop I'm unable to boot my USB. It just normally starts windows without showing me Kali Linux boot screen. I don't think that I am missing any said guidelines and instructions.
Can anyone help me with above said problem?

radiofreq
08-01-2014, 07:40 AM
I have created the bootable USB. When I plug it into my PC and select top boot from it, it just doesn't do a thing. It opens a black screen with a blinking _ , goes down one line and keeps blinking the _. That is all it does. Is there any fix to this, or can I at least know why this happens?

I'm stuck here too, tried Install, Graphical Install, LIVE USB and failsafe. None give me another response than the blinking _. Add to that, I get "fail beeps" when booting Kali Linux up from USB. When I use the arrow keys in the menus and hit the last line, it BEEPS loud. When it boots into this menu it beeps loud. When I've made a choice (i.e USB LIVE) it beeps.

I have disabled secure boot, added support for legacy devices, removed the win 8 profile and disabled fast boot.

The fact is that it seems to boot up, at least the menu boots up. From there it's dead. Any ideas?

I've tried Universal USB Installer, Rufus 1.4.9 and Win32 Disk Imager (although that didn't even work on Win 8.1).

Jaapyse, mind telling me a bit more about your hardware?

Morce13
08-01-2014, 01:59 PM
I have created the bootable USB. When I plug it into my PC and select top boot from it, it just doesn't do a thing. It opens a black screen with a blinking _ , goes down one line and keeps blinking the _. That is all it does. Is there any fix to this, or can I at least know why this happens?

HI. Have you been able to solve this problem? No matter what i do I get the black screen with the blinking "-"
I did the nomodeset, Nvidia.nomodeset=0,... It always does the same thing, black screen blinking -
The .Iso is correct because the sha1sum is the same as the download page.

zuppo88
08-03-2014, 10:20 PM
HI. Have you been able to solve this problem? No matter what i do I get the black screen with the blinking "-"
I did the nomodeset, Nvidia.nomodeset=0,... It always does the same thing, black screen blinking -
The .Iso is correct because the sha1sum is the same as the download page.

I have the exact problem. I have tried changing the vga resolution, noveau/nvidia modesets, disabling kms, nothing works. I am quite a beginner so I might be missing something but this is quite frustrating as I haven't experienced this issue with other linux distributions. I hope someone can give us a solution

TimeVIrus
08-09-2014, 06:01 PM
I've read about installing Kali to a USB with persistence. It uses an example with 5gb persistence. My question is; If I use a 32GB USB drive can I use the entire USB for a persistent install? That is after the install and the image uses X amount of the USB, can the remaining space of the 32GB be used for persistence? I hope this is clear enough. A round about way of asking, in effect, can I use my USB drive as if it is a HDD and add programs and whatever else to it and have it remember all changes across the whole sdb? I have tried a couple ways of installing to use my USB external HDD and they have failed. Even tried a VBox VM inside a Win 7 host and so far on each attempt have failed.

Thanks in advance for any tips.

TV.

Aditya
08-20-2014, 01:52 PM
Hey everyone
I've been struggling to install Kali Linux on my pc since the past few days.
Brief description of my laptop if that matters - Windows 8.1, 64-bit architecture. I've kept a separate partition for Kali Linux with allotted space of 22 GB.
I've followed all the steps showed in Kali Linux Live USB Install (http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-install). I've turned off secure boot and I'm not doing UEFI booting. I've set my USB on high priority in boot options. But still when I restart my laptop I'm unable to boot my USB. It just normally starts windows without showing me Kali Linux boot screen. I don't think that I am missing any said guidelines and instructions.
Can anyone help me with above said problem?

+1. I am having the same problem. I have tried multiple tools to burn ISO to USB and all of them prompt a successful installation. However when I boot into BIOS, the USB (in which Kali Linux 1.0.8) is installed does not show up.
Any Help Appreciated !!!

sashakt
08-20-2014, 03:04 PM
I downloaded kali-linux-1.0.8-amd64 and i want to install kali on uefi boot using usb
I tried using win32 disk imager but when i boot from usb computer start booting again and again and does not proceed

DACrane
08-20-2014, 07:15 PM
OK, I don't know if I got a bad install ISO or what, but here's what I'm experiencing. I have the i386 .iso on an 8-GB flash drive. It runs OK in live on both my dual-core x64 processor and on my Celeron 2GHz single core. I want to install it to the Celeron (Acer Aspire). However:

1) Trying to install from live Kali desktop: it finds a kernel mismatch between the live kernel (686) and the installer kernel (486).\
2) Trying to install from the singular 'install' option on the boot menu: First, it says there's an error reading from the CD-Rom. If I try to bypass that, it refuses to log on to the internet, even though it identifies it fine and I'm using the right passkey. If I tell it to do a non-network install, it gets about halfway through and goes back to saying the CD-ROM is corrupt or unreadable.

now this is the third flash drive I've tried this on, with a fresh download each time; hashes checked out OK each time, too.

I even got desperate and tried to do a custom build for a 486 version on Lubuntu, but that was a nightmare of conflicting repositories, etc.

So is there some problem with the current i386 .iso file? Or is it some kind of architectual mismatch?

I also tried using the mini .iso, but it suffered from the unable to log on to network function. If it's reading networks, and has the right ssid and passkey, why won't it log on?

So any help is appreciated.

BTW - took me six tries to get past the anti-spam to register here. The first four times, it gave me a green checkmark but still wouldn't let me through.

dArkc0de
08-24-2014, 11:58 AM
I'm having similar problems. I've downloaded the new Kali 1.0.8 i386 and created a live boot usb. But when I try to live boot with the usb I get only a black screen with blinking cursor. I have Kali 1.0.5 on another usb and it is working fine. But I'm having problem with the new version. I'm using windows 8.1 with uefi enabled (secure boot off). How to fix this problem with the new version?

snabelkonrad
09-01-2014, 10:40 PM
Hello, i just installed Kali linux 1.0.9 to a flashdrive. The flashdrive works fine with kali linux! But when i take the usb stick away and try to restart my computer it just says "Welcome to GRUB!"

Error: no such device: ******* and a lot of letter and numbers
Entering rescue mode ...
grub rescue

I am unable to get into windows which was is my normal operation system....
I tried to insert the USB, and when i booted via that one i was able to choose windows.... What is the problem that makes me unable to get direct into windows 7?
Please help :-)

jameshayek
09-02-2014, 04:11 AM
I am using an Asus G75VW Gaming Laptop running Windows 8.1

I have tried creating a bootable USB using the approach in this tutorial (http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-install).

After restarting I selected the USB stick as my boot option. I was greeted by a red screen which said "Invalid signature detected. Check secure boot policy in setup."

I changed the options in BIOS (or UEFI, whichever it is) to disable fast boot as well as secure boot. I then saved and exited.

I held down the esc key to choose my boot option as usual. The prompt asked me to choose my boot device. I chose the USB stick. I was then prompted with the same message. I chose the USB stick once again.

My computer then booted straight into Windows as if I told it to. Not sure what is wrong here. Any suggestions?

staticn0de
09-02-2014, 07:55 AM
I am using an Asus G75VW Gaming Laptop running Windows 8.1

I have tried creating a bootable USB using the approach in this tutorial (http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-install).

After restarting I selected the USB stick as my boot option. I was greeted by a red screen which said "Invalid signature detected. Check secure boot policy in setup."

I changed the options in BIOS (or UEFI, whichever it is) to disable fast boot as well as secure boot. I then saved and exited.

I held down the esc key to choose my boot option as usual. The prompt asked me to choose my boot device. I chose the USB stick. I was then prompted with the same message. I chose the USB stick once again.

My computer then booted straight into Windows as if I told it to. Not sure what is wrong here. Any suggestions?

Silly question, but did you commit the changes when you disabled secure boot?

If you made the usb with dd, try the win32 program. It would not boot EFI for me after I made mine with dd but could use the win disk imager.

Check the SHA1SUM of the iso you made and make sure it is what is expected.

soluck9x
09-02-2014, 02:59 PM
I downloaded kali-linux-1.0.8-amd64 and i want to install kali on uefi boot using usb
I tried using win32 disk imager but when i boot from usb computer start booting again and again and does not proceed

If you just copy the .iso file to FAT32 or NTFS formatted USB drive, you will NOT be able to boot from it. So in short: You do not need to chose any file system, nor format your drive the way you are doing it. Before you start the drive can be any filesystem (NTFS or FAT32).
More information on how to properly prepare Kali Live USB:
http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-install

mgso4
09-26-2014, 07:33 PM
Info:

There seems to be an error in the script/description for creating USB persistence, found at http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-persistence

The "size" variable doesn't describe the size of the persistence partition but the end of the new partition.

So if one want to use the remainder of the USB stick for persistence "size" roughly needs to be the size of the used USB stick.

darthnbs
10-08-2014, 03:54 AM
Easiest way to do it is indeed Win32 Disk Imager to image Kali to a usb disk. Use new Kali Linux Live USB to boot system launch gparted to create a new partition (use all unallocated space) with ext4 as file system with label persistence then use the following commands.

mkdir /mnt/usb
mount /dev/sdc2 /mnt/usb
echo “/ union” >> /mnt/usb/persistence.conf
umount /mnt/usb

Substitute /dev/sdc2 with the correct drive location of your usb. Most of the time its sdb3 but you still need to verify this though through gparted or dmesg.

killboy
10-09-2014, 04:24 AM
Info:

There seems to be an error in the script/description for creating USB persistence, found at http://docs.kali.org/installation/kali-linux-live-usb-persistence

The "size" variable doesn't describe the size of the persistence partition but the end of the new partition.

So if one want to use the remainder of the USB stick for persistence "size" roughly needs to be the size of the used USB stick.

Just found the same issue, here's some adjusted instructions:

iso_file=<path_to_iso>
persist_size_mb=5000
read iso_size_mb _ < <(du -bcm $iso_file |tail -1); echo $iso_size_mb
parted /dev/sdb mkpart primary $iso_size_mb $(echo $(( $iso_size_mb + $persist_size_mb )))
mkfs.ext3 -L persistence /dev/sdb3
mkdir -p /mnt/my_usb
mount /dev/sdb3 /mnt/my_usb
echo "/ union" > /mnt/my_usb/persistence.conf
umount /dev/sdb3

Ro0oTs
10-14-2014, 09:53 AM
it's doesn't work .. my brother i tried ..before few minutes.

jefti
10-17-2014, 07:12 AM
Hi guys. I've searched all over the web for a solution for my problem but no luck yet. Heres the thing. I tried to liverun Kali from a USB drive. Somewhere in the installation something went wrong, either I did something wrong or the installation crashed. I cant recall anymore. I reset the pc and after that the error missing OS kept coming back. Ive tried resetting the BIOS. Ive tried system recovery, which gives the same error. Ive tried booting from my win7 install disc (pirate, fking preinstalled win8 made me do it), but this says that the disc is not compatible. So now im doubting if its maybe 32 bit instead of 64. Downloaded 32 bit iso, doesnt even boot to setup. Again missing OS. Downloaded 32 and 64 bit setup, no os. Live cd kali: no os. Usb boot, no os. The only option i seem to have is that cd which says not compatible, so i cant repair but only wipe clean and fresh install. This, i rather wont do for the loss of files. Also tried different settings in BIOS (lagacy and uefi). Any other options to pervent full wipe? Your input in greatly appreciated. Btw im running on a sony vaio.

Jayden_Blade
10-19-2014, 11:24 PM
I am trying to install Kali on a Dell Inspiron Mini. My problem is every time I try to boot it up via Live USB there is no operating system or it is corrupt. I used Win32 Disk Imager as the instructions state. Win32 Disk Imager corrupted one of my thumb drives, so I have not tried it again. I used UNetbootin to make my 2nd Live USB. I get an error stating Invalid or corrupt kernel image, after UNetbootin loads. Any ideas?