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Thread: LIVE USB on Windows: blank screen after Kaili boot menu

  1. #1
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    Question LIVE USB on Windows: blank screen after Kali boot menu

    I've followed the tutorial in the thread How to make a PERSISTENT live usb on windows using ext2 filesystem

    Quote Originally Posted by nigelmercier View Post
    ...Run Universal USB Installer ...
    When I booted from the USB drive, I got a message saying "SYSLINUX 4.07 EDD 2013-07-25 ..." and nothing else. It seems this is not unknown, so I'm going to try Rufus...

    [LATER]

    OK, I installed the ISO using Rufus, then tried to boot from it. I got the KALI LINUX boot menu, I chose Live (686-pae). The PC beeps, and displays two lines at the bottom of the screen

    loading /live/vmlinuz ... ok
    loading /live/initrd.img...


    Then the screen clears, and the PC beeps again. Zilch! Just a flashing cursor.

    The PC is a Dell mini-9, with latest (A07, 03 Nov 2011) Phoenix BIOS.
    Last edited by nigelmercier; 2015-01-06 at 15:34.

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    OK, I'm back to square one, and trying the original Linux method as detailed in Kali Docs. I put a copy of the kali-linux-1.0.9a-i386.iso file in the root folder, then used:

    dd if=kali-linux-1.0.9a-i386.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=1M

    Note that I have discovered that this must not specify the partition (/dev/sdb1), just the drive (/dev/sdb). Otherwise you get an error: isolinux.bin missing or corrupt

    I plan to use gparted to create an EXT2 persistence partition (as this tutorial), then do the following:

    mkdir -p /mnt/my_usb
    mount /dev/sdb2 /mnt/my_usb
    echo "/ union" > /mnt/my_usb/persistence.conf
    umount /dev/sdb2


    I'm confused as to why the original Linux tutorial specifies /dev/sdb3 and the new one /dev/sdb2. Is there an extra partition being created?

    size=5gb
    read bytes _ < <(du -bcm kali-linux-1.0.8-amd64.iso |tail -1); echo $bytes
    parted /dev/sdb mkpart primary $bytes $size
    mkfs.ext3 -L persistence /dev/sdb3
    e2label /dev/sdb3 persistence
    mkdir -p /mnt/my_usb
    mount /dev/sdb3 /mnt/my_usb
    echo "/ union" > /mnt/my_usb/persistence.conf
    umount /dev/sdb3
    Last edited by nigelmercier; 2015-01-07 at 11:17.

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    I had issues with one live usb, nothing worked...this did...

    Image the Kali Linux ISO to your USB stick. We used the “Linux Method” and dd.

    Code:
    dd if=kali-linux-1.0.8-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=1M
    when that completes,

    4. Type gparted /dev/sdb

    5. You will find /dev/sdb1
    /dev/sdb2
    unallocated area

    6. Right Click within the unallocated section, then select new from the drop-down menu that appears.

    7. Create a Primary Partition, Choose ext 4 as the file system, and label the partition with the word:

    persistence

    8. Click on "Add" then "Apply" and let the computer format the partition in ext 4 with the label persistence.

    9. When the process is completed open up a terminal window and enter the following:


    For unencrypted

    mkdir -p /mnt/my_usb
    mount /dev/sdb3 /mnt/my_usb
    echo "/ union" > /mnt/my_usb/persistence.conf
    umount /dev/sdb3

    Post by mmusket33

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    Thanks, yes I see now that there is a second partition after dd.

    Is there a way to make the "persistence" menu option the default?

    [LATER][LATER STILL Doesn't WORK]

    I think I found it: USB | EFI | BOOT | live.config

    Open with LeafPad, move "menu default" to just under " menu label ^Live USB Persistence"
    Last edited by nigelmercier; 2015-01-08 at 13:13.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantom1bc View Post
    I had issues with one live usb, nothing worked...this did...

    Image the Kali Linux ISO to your USB stick. We used the “Linux Method” and dd.

    Code:
    dd if=kali-linux-1.0.8-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=1M
    when that completes,

    4. Type gparted /dev/sdb

    5. You will find /dev/sdb1
    /dev/sdb2
    unallocated area

    6. Right Click within the unallocated section, then select new from the drop-down menu that appears.

    7. Create a Primary Partition, Choose ext 4 as the file system, and label the partition with the word:

    persistence

    8. Click on "Add" then "Apply" and let the computer format the partition in ext 4 with the label persistence.

    9. When the process is completed open up a terminal window and enter the following:


    For unencrypted

    mkdir -p /mnt/my_usb
    mount /dev/sdb3 /mnt/my_usb
    echo "/ union" > /mnt/my_usb/persistence.conf
    umount /dev/sdb3

    Post by mmusket33
    Thank you. I finally got it working right and can now save my scripts and make custom images. Thank you again.

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