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How to create and boot USB ISOs

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As much as this topic comes up, I figured it should have its own post. It’s very easy to boot ISOs for testing or installing other distros, but things can go wrong just as easily. Read this overview, follow the links provided, and take extra precaution with new installs, and you’ll be rocking a new system in no time.
I have to make this clear before I start: do not use Unetbootin to burn your ISO. I repeat, do not use Unetbootin to burn your ISO.

Unetbootin is the cause of countless problems with bad ISO burns, and despite all its infamy, it’s still a go-to recommendation. Avoid this program. Cutting Unetbootin out of the equation will save you a lot of trouble.

Now, to start this proper.

Burning the ISO

These links cover several different tools, so use whichever you’re most comfortable with.

—– Create a bootable USB from Windows —–

(compliments of @NewLitebook) (using Win32 Disk Imager) (using Rufus)
—– Create a bootable USB from Linux —– (using Startup Disk Creator) (using Brasero)

(if using a terminal) download gddrescue from the repos and execute sudo ddrescue -f <image.ISO> <USB location> <optional log file to resume half-finished burns>

If using the above terminal command, do not mix the ISO and USB order up! Also, make absolutely sure you have the correct USB location, or you will permanently overwrite something on your system.

Booting the ISO

Now that you have a bootable USB, plug it in, restart your Litebook, and hit escape as soon as you see the Alpha logo come up. This will take you to the Insyde BIOS overview.

From here, select Boot Manager, and then select your USB ISO (the existing two options will say ubuntu (BIGND3R) and ubuntu linpus lite, so don’t select those). You should now be booting your USB file.

If you’re booting a file instead of an ISO (i.e. you downloaded the Memtest86+ binary or some other diagnostic tool), you have to enter the BIOS overview and select Boot from File. From there, you should again see your USB, but this time you can navigate the folders within it. Simply find the file you want to boot, press enter, and your file will boot.

The above step is only for binaries. You don’t need to use Boot from File for a properly burned ISO.
I think that covers everything. Let me know if I left anything out or if anything needs clarification.

Alpha Litebox and Alpha Centurion!

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Hi, everyone.


We made some huge changes this past month, and wouldn’t be surprised if you had to double check the URL at some point.  We updated the site’s layout, revamped the forums, and put more information at your fingertips on the Litebook product page.


Of all our changes, the biggest of all was adding the Litebox and Centurion.  You’ve helped us make the Litebook a success, and we wanted to see how else our beautiful, capable, and inexpensive hardware could suit your needs. We’ve learned a lot from the launch of the Litebook and have made several improvements with our newest products including the use of Hardware that doesn’t require additional drivers.


Like the Litebook, the Litebox brings tons of potential for a fraction of what others charge.  It runs Linux and elementary OS, includes a highly efficient Intel Celeron CPU with integrated graphics, and has 4GB of RAM.  The Litebox starts with a 500GB hard drive, and can be ordered with up to a Terabyte of storage, 8GBs of ram and an Intel i5 processor.  It also includes HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity, three USB 3.0 ports, and a high-quality aluminum case. 


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For $249, the Litebox has gaming, home theater, and everyday use written all over it.  Kodi, Steam, and your favorite web browser were made for this!



We decided to take a more direct approach with the Centurion.  While the Litebook is mobile and the Litebox is playful, the Centurion is pure power.  It boasts a dual-core Intel i7 with a maximum clock rate of 3.0 GHz, 8GB of RAM, a full-size keyboard, and a 15.6” 1080P HD screen.  It also comes with a 1TB hard drive, 3 USB ports (1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0), HDMI and VGA ports, and an onboard SD card reader.



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Best of all, all that power and capability is given without the weight.  The Centurion’s case is largely made of durable aluminum, and won’t be taken down by drops, knocks, and other dangers of traveling.  We’re starting this product at $429, less than double the Litebook’s cost for all that extra strength.

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