If you have the old version 3 of Ubuntu Portable, you can update it to version 4 with this patch:
This update improves the appearance of the display.
Note you must open an command prompt as an administrator, navigate to the Portable_Ubuntu directory and
Type this: colinux-daemon –install-driver and hit the enter key.
If you do not do this, then when you click on the run_portable_ubuntu batch file, it will not work!
Ubuntu on Virtual Box.
If you find Portable Ubuntu is too slow on your Windows laptop, then an alternative is to use Virtual Box.
You download and install this:
Then download this, and use Gizmo (or a similar utility) to make it into a real CD.
Version 9.10 of Ubuntu needs 512k of real or imaginary memory. If you haven’t got this much to spare, go for an older distribution. Ubuntu Server 7.04, works, I have test it. Also works is Linux Mint 3.0 which is a version of Ubuntu 7.04 with enhancements. Mint has an installation wizard which the vanilla Ubuntu distro lacks…
You can Mount this CD as a virtual drive within Virtual Box, and install it from there. But I found doing this put a strain on system resources, and I got a crash. I recommend making a real CD.
A modern laptop can use a DVD disk equally well as a 700mb CD. But make a CD in preference to a DVD if you think you might want to install Virtual Box Ubuntu on an old desktop which does not have a DVD.
The drawback of Virtual Box is that it is more demanding of memory and disk space, but once you have booted into the Linux environment, then it is faster than Portable Ubuntu, which runs as an application under Windows Vista or XP. However, Virtual Box has more potential to mess up your laptop. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
Information on installing Ubuntu on Virtual Box is here:
If you follow these instructions, you end up with a “Bash” command line and a cursor blinking at you helplessly..Why is this?
Ubuntu Server 9.10 does not automatically install the Desktop environment, you have to type:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
The following command is used to configure the Desktop (if necessary):
sudo dpkg –configure -a
Then you have to type the following commands to update Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
The installation process takes a very long time. Dont’ worry if you mess up the install the first time.
Remember this: if you mess it up, it is only a virtual machine. You can easily start out with a brand new Virtual Ubuntu. To do this, from “Machine” on the menu bar, go down to “Delete”. Create a brand spanking new Virtual machine, and away you go again!
“The second problem I’ve encountered on my way to victory with Guest Additions is that the
guest OS sometimes lacks the tools needed by Guest Additions to build the necessary kernel
modules. You’ll receive messages like “…please install the build headers…” So, to fix this
problem make sure to first update your packages. If that doesn’t fix the problem, then
install the necessary build and kernel headers. For Ubuntu, and other debian-based
distributions, run the following command as root:”
apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)
After this type
The CD icon will appear on the Ubuntu desktop. Click it open, and click the icon which says
“autorun.sh”. Then click on the left where it says “run in terminal”.
Sharing. You have to install Windows sharing services on Ubuntu
Installed NTFS Configuration tool. I don’t know if this does anything.
It tells you in the instructions reported in an earlier blog to select the option of installing a minimal virtual machine. But this does not seem to be a good idea. If you use the standard installation, then it works better.
Web pages not displayed correctly on the minimal install of Ubuntu for virtual box.
I have had a perpetually revolving blue doughnut in Virtual Box. Had to do a force quit through the task manager. Now testing Ubuntu portable.