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VARIOUS CrunchBang 9.04 (unsupported!) Installation Guide

February 2011 saw the release of Crunchbang's first Debian-based edition named ”#!Statler”. Please download it from here

The following installation guide provides information about how to install the outdated and unsupported edition of Crunchbang 9.04, which was based on Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope). Ubuntu 9.04 reached the End Of Life in October 2010. It is possible to upgrade the 9.04 edition (I have managed to upgrade in two steps to 11.04), but this will require manual editing of the sources.list file, many huge downloads, and a lot of time fixing minor (or major) problems. If you are unsure, don't bother with it - go and download the official ”#!Statler”, which is a stable, well-tested and officially supported version. As for Crunchbang 9.04: You have been warned :)

First you need to download the iso, you can download CrunchBang 9.04 (full and lite editions available)here.

Then you need the check that the iso downloaded correctly, to do this you need to compare the md5 checksum for the iso against the checksum given on in the files ending with the string “MD5SUM.txt”

Comparing the checksum on Linux

First open up a terminal and go to the correct directory:

cd your_download_directory

Then you need to run Md5sum to generate a checksum:

md5sum crunchbang_download.iso

Md5sum should then return output looking something like this:

7495a9a62d3dc9cd38655daa1430525d crunchbang_download.iso

This should match the corresponding checksum given on the download page, if not the file has been corrupted during download and so you should re-download the iso.

Comparing the checksum on Windows

Windows doesn't come with an md5 checksum utility by default so you will need to install one, there are many available one of which is winmd5sum.exe.

To compare checksums using winmd5sum.exe:

  • Right-click the iso file and click 'send to' → Winmd5sum.
  • When Winmd5sum has finished loading and generated the checksum copy the corresponding checksum over from the downloads page, and click 'Compare'

The checksums should match, if not the file has been corrupted during download and so you should re-download the iso.

Once you have a good iso you need to transfer it to CD or a USB stick ready for installation, please be aware that your computer needs to be capable of booting from your chosen media, many older PCs aren't capable of booting from USB.

Burning to CD

To burn an iso you can't simply copy the files to the CD, your CD authoring software should have an option to burn an iso, if you do it correctly the disk should be full of different files, if you do it incorrectly you will just see the iso file on the disk. When burning, choose a low speed to minimise the chance of errors.

Creating a Bootable live USB

  1. First you need to get Unetbootin. It is available in most repositories, so check your package management software.
  2. Then you need a USB stick, ensure it is big enough and that it is FAT32 formatted, (this is standard, so if you havent reformatted its probably FAT32 already).
  3. Select the 'Disk image' radio button and choose the correct path to your downloaded iso file.
  4. Change 'Type' to USB Drive and ensure you have the correct drive selected.
  5. Click 'OK'


Before booting from your chosen media, you need to ensure that the BIOS is enabled to boot it, to access the BIOS you will need to press a certain key / key combination immediately after boot, a message on screen will often show saying press 'X' to enter setup/settings. Common keys are F1 or F11. Layouts for the BIOS screen vary but you need to find where the boot order is controlled and make sure your chosen media is booted before your hard drives.

When thats done save exit and shutdown, then turn on making sure your disc is in the drive or USB is plugged in.

If successful you should be confronted with a CrunchBang menu. If booting from CD it is recommended that you first choose 'Verify CD for errors' by typing 'check', to ensure there were no errors in burning the CD.

After that choose 'Default live CD system' by entering 'live' or pressing enter, and wait for it to load, be patient, this will take some time.

You should now be greeted with a full CrunchBang desktop, albeit a little slow due to not running from the hard disk. At this point you can check that everything is working correctly, you can access the menu by right clicking on the desktop.

Stage 1


From the main menu (right click on the desktop) select install→ install CrunchBang Linux.

  1. In the first screen select your preferred language and click 'Forward'.
  2. Then select your local region / timezone and click 'Forward'.
  3. The next screen allows you to choose your keyboard layout, use the text box to check that you have selected the correct one, click 'Forward', the partition editor will now load, be patient, this will take some time.Stage 2
  4. Now you need to setup your partitions CrunchBang will use, you will be presented with a few options:
    1. Install Them side by side. This will allow you to dual boot Crunchbang with any other OSs you may have on your hard drive, drag the bar to the desired partition sizes.
    2. Use entire disk. This will use the entire hard disk, any other operating systems you have will be overwritten.
    3. Use largest continuous space. This will allow you to dual boot Crunchbang with any other OSs you may have on your hard drive, automatically selecting partition sizes
    4. Specify partitions manually. Not recommended unless you know what you are doing.Stage 3
  5. After you have made your selection, click 'Forward'.
  6. In the 'Who Are You?' section input your details, select a suitable password and username even if you select 'login automatically', you will still need your password for administrative tasks such as software installation. Click 'Forward'.
  7. Check that everything is ok, then when you are ready click 'Install'. CrunchBang will now begin its installation.
  8. Restart.

You should now be in a fully installed and functioning CrunchBang system.

 Stage 4

Final Steps

  • This guide covers the major differences between Linux and Windows: VARIOUS Quick introduction to Linux.
  • This guide will introduce you to the major features of CrunchBang: ABOUT Introduction to CrunchBang.
  • For information on modifying the Openbox window manager, including modifying keybindings, the menu and autostarting applications, check our wiki. Most instructions in the “Desktop” category will work.
  • For information on all other applications please see the relevant page here.
  • The forums are also an excellent source of information and help Unfortunately you will not get any “official” support for this version, but our friendly forum members will try their best to help you if you have problems.
crunchbang_installation_guide_9.04.txt · Last modified: 2012/05/29 18:29 by machinebacon
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