USB drive install of Ubuntu 12.04 Server fails - can't find components from CD-ROM

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This is a self resolved post that I thought I should share with the community.

PRELIMINARY

I'm on a Windows 7 machine prepping a bootable USB for installing on an old HPI downloaded the official Ubuntu 12.04 Server 32bit ISOThe MD5 checksum checked out OK using winMd5SumI created a bootable USB using:
LinuxLivethen PenDriveand finally Unebootin

(all three are sufficient but none corrected the errors I will mention)

PROBLEM
During installation I received the following error message:
[!!] Load installer components from CD

There was a problem reading data from the CD-ROM. Please make sure it is in the drive. If retrying does not work, you should check the integrity of your CD-ROM.

Failed to copy file from CD-ROM. Retry?

If I chose Yes it failed. So I chose No and worked my way back to the main install menu to check the integrity of my CD-ROM as suggested by the error. NOTE: In this case CD-ROM means the bootable USB I am...
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Question:

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 Server (32bit) on a machine here using a USB stick. I used the Universal-USB-Installer-1.8.9.4 which has support for 12.04 server to get the ISO onto the USB drive.

The computer boots up the installation process ok. It gets through the Ubuntu language, locale and keyboard selection. Then starts loading additional components. At this point it gets about a quarter of the way through then throws big error message saying:

[!!] Load installer components from CD

There was a problem reading data from the CD-ROM. Please make sure it is in the drive. If retrying does not work., you should check the integrity of your CD-ROM.

Failed to copy file from CD-ROM. Retry?

Retrying obviously fails as well. Have tried re-running again and installing again onto the USB but no change. Have tried checking for CD-ROM integrity errors and it breaks on this error:

[!] Check the...

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Someone asked me a few weeks back about a way to have his files from home available over the internet. While looking for solutions, I stumbled upon FreeNAS and Ubuntu Server as chioces. As I too wanted to build a file/download/test-web server for myself, I bought a little Dell Optiplex FX160 and went for Ubuntu. It was not my first encounter with Linux CLI, but definitely the deepest – and looking back, I am happy with the outcome. So, the first step, installing the Ubuntu Server from USB.

While the Ubuntu Desktop version installs fine no matter which USB installer you use, the Server version is a different story. This thing just won’t go smoothly and I spent a lot of time figuring out a way that works, no matter what. You need at least a 2 GB USB drive and the Ubuntu Server ISO. We are going to install it with the help of Grub4Dos and assume you are working on a Windows computer to prepare the USB.

Download these files and unzip the directory somewhere on your...

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There would appear to be a problem with CDROM/Flash-Media detection in the server version of the Ubuntu installation ISOs.
The Ubuntu 10.04 desktop installer works fine on my Revo R3610.
The Ubuntu 10.04 server installer halts and fails with a message that the CDROM can not be found.
The message reads ‘No common CD-ROM drive was detected’

I have managed to get around this CDROM detection issue by mounting a copy of the server ISO file as a CDROM device at install time.

This worked for me,

– Format a USB Flash Drive as FAT. The Drive should be a minimum of 2G in size.
– Download ubuntu-10.04-server-amd64.iso. http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/downloadmirrors#alternate
– Install Unetbootin. http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net
– Do a ‘Disk image’ install of the ubuntu ISO on the USB Flash Drive using Unetbootin.
– Copy the ubuntu-10.04-server-amd64.iso file into the root directoy of the USB Flash Drive(You wouldn’t normally do...

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Ubuntu releases 12.04 LTS verison on 26 April 2012 . Here we can see how to install ubuntu 12.04 from usb .

» Make sure you have atleast 2 GB space in your USB stick .
» Download a fresh copy of ubuntu 12.04 iso (http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop)

Creating Ubuntu bootable USB stick on windows :
Windows users have to Download USB installer (http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/) . USB installer is to put ubuntu 12.04 into the USB Stick as bootable image.

» Download the USB installer and Double-click the installer . Press “I Agree”

Now under step 1 » select “Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop” in the Drop down box .

under step 2 » press “Browse” to select the Ubuntu Iso file download.


under step 3 » Choose USB stick Drive and Press “Create” .


» Press “Yes” to continue


» Press “Close”


That’s it , You have created Ubuntu 12.04 Bootable USB on...

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I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 Server (32bit) on a machine here using a USB stick. I used the Universal-USB-Installer-1.8.9.4 which has support for 12.04 server to get the ISO onto the USB drive.

The computer boots up the installation process ok. It gets through the Ubuntu language, locale and keyboard selection. Then starts loading additional components. At this point it gets about a quarter of the way through then throws big error message saying:

[!!] Load installer components from CD

There was a problem reading data from the CD-ROM. Please make sure it is in the drive. If retrying does not work., you should check the integrity of your CD-ROM.

Failed to copy file from CD-ROM. Retry?

Retrying obviously fails as well. Have tried re-running again and installing again onto the USB but no change. Have tried checking for CD-ROM integrity errors and it breaks on this error:

[!] Check the CD-ROM(s) integrity

Integrity test...

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I am trying to install Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS on a server that has only USB boot capability (no cdrom, no pxe). I have tried to use 3 different tools but all have failed. The tools I have tried are these:

Linux Live USB Creator 2.8.27: Fails when the installer gets to "Load installer components from CD" Universal USB Installer 1.9.5.2: Failed fairly early trying to mount /mount/casper (or something like that) UNetbootin (no version info): Failed when the installer gets to "Load installer components from CD"

How do I (from windows 7 x64) prepare the ISO on to a USB drive to allow me to install ubuntu?

EDIT:

I have checked the install log (/var/log/syslog) to see why it fails and this is what I see:

anna[9142] WARNING **: package retrieval failed cdrom-retriever: error: Unable to find 'pool/main/l/linux-lts-saucy/block-modules-3.11.0-15-generic-di_3.11.0-15.25~precise1_amd64.udeb'

Checking that folder, the closest resembling file is this:

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Ubuntu 12.04 (code named as : Precise Pangolin) is a LTS release (right now only beta version is available, stable will be out in a couple of weeks) – with 5 years of official support and updates. So LTS version is well suitable for production environment and if you’re using 11.10 or any other versions then you may want to switch to 12.04 for latest features, packages and stability.

This guide is made for absolute beginners, and will help in setting up Ubuntu 12.04 along with their existing operating system; although it’s not necessary because now you can do everything on Ubuntu and it’s fairly simple to use (and the absolute Freedom offered by Free ‘n’ Open Source softwares) , so you may swap out your current operating system completely with Ubuntu 12.04.

To install Ubuntu – first create a live USB, CD or DVD installer and boot your system – you may need to change your BIOS settings if your computer doesn’t boot from the live media installer. To get into the BIOS...

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This is a step by step tutorial shows you how to install the real Ubuntu OS on USB stick to create a ‘Windows To Go’ style USB drive. Tested with Ubuntu 14.04

Requirements:

Before getting started, you need to prepare something:

A 8GB+ USB Drive. A Ubuntu Live CD/DVD/USB. In the case below, I created a bootable Ubuntu Live USB from the .iso image. A computer with an operating system installed.

And always backup your data on the USB flash drive!

To get started:

In my case I have a newly bought 16GB USB stick, a 4GB old USB stick, and a laptop multi-boot with Ubuntu based systems.

1. I don’t have a Ubuntu CD/DVD, so I decided to burn the Ubuntu .iso image into the old USB stick. To do so:

Download Ubuntu image: releases.ubuntu.com Download UNetbootin: unetbootin.sourceforge.net. For Ubuntu, install it from Software Center. Plug in the USB stick. Start UNetbootin, and burn the .iso image into USB

2. Plug in the bootable USB...

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Fixing problems with installing Ubuntu from a USB flash drive

David W. Pierce / Scripps Institution of Oceanography / 28 May 2013

Do you have problems installing Ubuntu from a USB flash drive? For years I did too. This perl script is designed to fix the problem.

Description of the problem:

Installing from the USB flash drive seems to work, but soon into the process you get this error message:

There was a problem reading data from the CD-ROM. Please make sure it is in the drive. If retrying does not work, you should check the integrity of your CD-ROM.

Failed to copy file from CD-ROM. Retry?

Retrying does not fix the problem. Using a new, or different, USB flash drive does not fix the problem. As far as you can tell,

nothing

fixes the problem. Screaming and cursing ensue.


How to fix the problem:

Make your USB flash drive as per normal (i.e., the one that doesn't work). I use Linux Live USB creator If you are making...
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