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Zoltán Demeter's picture

I just want to run Turnkey 13.0-wheezy as live. My computers BIOS have problem with USB keyboard, PS2 ports seems died. I edited "burned" USB key: /isolinux/menu.cfg - set default option to live. It doesn't work. What should I do to start with Live option? Thanks in advance.

Jeremy Davis's picture

I.e. does it all work exactly as it was (doesn't set live as default)? Or do you mean that the ISO itself no longer works at all?

TBH I have no idea on the specifics as I haven't really worked on that side of things for a long time now, but once I know more about your specific issues I can have a dig through my notes and see if I can find further info...

Zoltán Demeter's picture

Dear Jeremy,

The computer starts from USB key. Linux boot up. ISO works right. Because of the "missing" keyboard the deafault option in the menu is install. Not like in edited menu.cfg.

Thank your quick reply!

Jeremy Davis's picture

I just realised that I think you are going to have issues running live too. IIRC you still need to interactively set your root password etc even when you run live!? Theoretically you could use preseeded inithooks, but I've never tried that on a live system and I recall someone mentioning that it was broken (TBH I'm not sure though).

TBH the ISO is not something we have put much attention to for a long time. Most users use TurnKey in VMs and those that do use the ISO install. The playing I did with the ISO was quite a long time ago. Also it was before hybrid ISOs (which can be "burned" to USBs) so everything I did was on the rootfs (extracted from the using the TKLPatch sub tools) then wrote an ISO and tested in a VM. When I had it all working as I wanted I burned the ISO to CD.

The initial boot screen (when you first boot the ISO) was a customised version from Ubuntu (circa 2010) and I don't think it's been updated since then (despite the fact that we're now based on Debian). So I can't offer much help on tweaking that; although I do vaguely recall adjusting the menu.cfg did the traick for me...

Another thing you possibly could try is installing to your USB (or a spare hard drive) on a different machine. Make sure you don't accidentally install over the top of an existing OS though - you'll lose all your data! Then boot the machine you are trying to run live from that. Unlike windows, generally in my experience Linux systems will generally quite happily run on different hardware to what they've been installed on (obviously the OS still needs to be compatible with the hardware). Obviously it wouldn't be live and I'm not sure if that will work for you, but may be a way to work around your hardware issues? (Albeit a little convoluted...)

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