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Old 07-21-2014, 02:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I have this older laptop that was given to me that I wanted to make into some sort of Linux machine. I successfully installed Ubuntu off a flash drive very easily but I tried to do it with Kali without encrypting the hard drive or anything, and it goes swimmingly until it hits about 33% of copying files to my hard drive then the screen just goes black. I turn off the system and turn it back on and it gets past the opening screen that shows the maker of the laptop and goes to a black screen with a blinking white line with no operating system loading. So obviously the Kali os is not downloading because it doesn't complete the installation but why does the screen turn black? I got the iso file from the Kali website and used the Universal USB Installer from pendrivelinux.com. Any ideas or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did you check the file hash (MD5 or SHA256...can't remember what's on their site) of the ISO that you downloaded? It's possible the download corrupted.

Try re-downloading it, and try putting it on the flash drive using UnetBootin.
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It's a live distro anyways, so why do you want to install it?
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It's a live distro anyways, so why do you want to install it?
It's also an installable distro . I have it installed on a spare laptop...why take up a flashdrive when I can just install it?

This thread reminded me I need to update my Kali install...man it's got a lot of updates.
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Kali is good for one thing, which is typically good for one use......if you know what I mean.
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So I went ahead and installed the 32 bit operating system (originally I was going for a 64.) Obviously downloaded a new iso file and used unetbootin. So it eventually worked after hitting many snags random snags (such as setting up a password then when installed the password doesn't work and another snag where no matter how many times I had confirmed the password during installation it was rejecting it.) It is completely installed so thanks Carnage for the advice. My onlly question is that is it better to have a live version on a usb drive? I mean what are the pros and cons of an installed os and a live boot one? I mean I can put ubuntu back onto my system and create a live boot of kali if it is more functional that way.

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Not necessarily a waste or for the better, it just depends on the use. Kali is really used for penetration testing and in that case having a live USB is better IMO. If you're just dicking around with Linux you could install it but have those snags.
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