Problem: A USB stick cannot boot with any of Porteus, the boot-repair LiveUSB, or SystemRescueCD. It used to be bootable with Porteus, and before that it could boot with other Linux LiveUSB distributions.
Restart in safe mode, and all problems are still seen.
Solution: The "disk signature" needs to (briefly) be made unique.
If you get something like
bash: /usr/bin/program: No such file or directory
Then you've tried to run a 32 bit executable on a 64 bit distribution. You need to get 32 bit software.
During my recent Linux distributions experimentation, I noticed a few times that Windows 8.1 would no longer "see" a particular USB stick I was using. It would appear within the device list, would test correctly but would not appear in the left-hand pane in explorer.
I learned that this was because one or more of the distributions I was testing would, for unfathomable reasons, prep the USB stick strangely.
Why Windows wouldn't just offer to format the stick is unknown to me.
I found several showstopper issues with the script that Slackel uses to copy its ISO data to a USB stick.
So I wanted to get City of Heroes installed to try it out. I've been bored of World of Warcraft for the longest time, and a superhero-based game has been sounding like fun for some time now.
At this point neither Diablo 3 nor Star Wars: The Old Republic were out. I just needed something to do.
But for some odd reason I could not get City of Heroes to work. It was definitely a DirectX issue, except DirectX refused to install! Hopefully someone out there can benefit from the hell I went through, and my notes would be useful..
Something that's been on my mind recently was the process of troubleshooting. Specifically troubleshooting while asking for help.
I was playing with chroot, and I was able to reproduce an issue where it wasn't working for anything but user ID 0.
Since this was 2009, it was probably on Unity Linux or PCLinuxOS.