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  • Mobile Dump1090+ FR24 feeder on Win/Mac Laptop - Nothing Installed on Hard Drive

    This method uses installation of Linux OS "Raspbian PIXEL x86" + dump1090-mutability + FR24 data feeder + other data feeders, ALL on a USB Flash Memory Stick. Nothing is installed on Hard Drive.

    Whenever you want to run "Mobile ADSB", plug-in this USB Flash Memory stick in the Windows/Mac Laptop, restart the Laptop, and at Boot, choose option to boot from USB Flash Memory Stick.

    If you face problems in booting from USB Flash, please see:

    post #3: If at boot, you cannot enter boot menu to select USB Flash as boot device.

    post #4: If at boot, you can, and have, selected USB Flash as boot device, but computer will not boot from USB Flash.

    You will also have to plugin a DVB-T with whip antenna to receive the ADS-B signals.

    (A) Installation of Raspbian x86 on USB Flash Memory Stick

    (1) On Windows/Mac laptop, download
    from web page:

    direct download link:

    NOTE: Please see post #4 for alternative .iso images.

    (2) Plug-in a USB flash memory stick (8Gb or more) in laptop/desktop and format it.

    (3) Write the downloaded .iso image to USB flash memory stick using Win32 disk imager or etcher.

    (4) Shutdown laptop/desktop, and power up again. At start up, enter option to select boot device, and select USB flash memory as the boot device and boot from it into a Raspbian Pixel style desktop.

    Different models of Laptop/Desktop use different methods to get into boot device selection. Most popular is to Press F12. On some models Escape then F9. Some Models may have still a different method to get into boot device selection at startup.

    CAUTION: The default startup mode for Raspbian Pixel x86 is “With Persistence”, which on shutdown/reboot retains all the software installed and all the files saved. Without user interference, the Pixel x86 boots automatically to default of “With Persistence”. However if you are curious to see, at Raspberry Pi Splash screen press “Escape”, button, all available options will appear. DO NOT choose “Reset Persistence”, as it will wipe out all installed software like dump1090-mutability, FR24 and other data feeders, etc. Choose option “With Persistence”.

    (5) Enable WiFi
    From network icon on top-right of the Desktop, (1) right-click then selecting interface configure network, select Interface wlan0 (2) left-click and turn ON Wifi, then again right-click and it will display list of available WiFi networks.Choose the one you want to connect.

    (6) Enable SSH
    By default both the “SSH” and “SSH Password Authentication” are blocked. take following steps to enable these.

    (a) To enable SSH:
    #from terminal window of PIXEL x86 Desktop
    #create file ssh to enable ssh
    sudo touch /boot/ssh
    (b) To enable Password Authentication for SSH:
    #edit file sshd_config to enable ssh login
    sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config
    Press Ctrl+w and type PasswordAuthentication and press Enter key.
    The cursor will jump to line PasswordAuthentication no
    Change no to yes
    Save file, exit nano, and reboot
    sudo reboot

    (7) Change Keyboard from GB (default) to US
    The default keyboard layout is GB. If you use a US Keyboard layout, you will see following differences in the default keyboard keys
    Shift+2 will print ", and not @
    Shift+3 will print £ and not #
    Shift+" will print @ and not "
    Since the tool "sudo raspi-config" is not available to change keyboard/locale, take following action
    Edit the file "keyboard" as shown below:
    sudo nano /etc/default/keyboard 
    #Change [B]“gb”[/B] to [B]“us”[/B] in following line:
    XKBLAYOUT= [B][COLOR=#ff0000]"us"[/COLOR][/B]
    #save file, close nano, and reboot
    sudo reboot

    (B) Installation of Dump1090 and Data feeders on USB Flash Memory Stick

    Before starting installation of dump1090-mutability (or dump1090-fa) and FR24 and other data feeders, plug a DVB-T or ProStick or ProStickPlus into your Laptop/Desktop which is running Raspbian Pixel x86 from USB Flash Memory Stick.

    These packages should be built right on the laptop, so that these are built for the architecture of the laptop (x86/x64/amd64).
    The easiest way to do this is to use Automated install scripts.

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install git
    cd ~/
    git clone
    cd ~/adsb-receiver
    chmod +x
    An interactive dialogue will appear, follow instructions on it.

    During this interactive process, one option given is "It is highly recommended to update your system" but it actually upgrades your system.

    This update/upgrade takes considerable time to complete, and takes some more space on USB Flash Memory. I said "NO" to it and still my setup is working ok.

    Last edited by abcd567; 2018-01-09, 18:39.

  • #2
    Many thanks abcd567 for this. I have successfully installed it on a usb drive.

    A couple of points.
    I had to change in the windows 10 laptop bios from UEFI start-up to Legacy First, also usb legacy first. Windows 10 UEFI bios setting blocks Linux on a usb.
    Also remembered your previous post about automated script install has a bug which prevents altering metric units to imperial even though you select it. Your info on correcting this worked a treat.
    The usb now boots automatically on start-up. With no usb W10 starts as normal.

    Thanks again


    T-EGCC288, T-EGCC37


    • #3

      Thanks Doug for pointing out problems related to UEFI boot system in newer computers.

      In addition to above problem, the computers running Windows 8 and 10, do not allow to go to BIOS or Boot Menu by pressing "Escape" or "F12" or "Delete" keys.

      The reason is that these have "Fast Startup", which bypasses Boot/BIOS menu.

      One has to first DISABLE "Fast Startup" to reach boot menu and choose USB Flash Memory as boot device.
      Below is the method how to turn OFF "Fast startup" in Windows 8 & 10:

      How to Enable Boot Menu to Select Boot Device in Windows 10, 8.1 & 8?

      This can be achieved by turning-OFF "Fast startup" in Windows 10, 8.1 & 8 as follows:

      1. Press "R" + "Windows" keys to load the Run dialog box.

      2. In Run dialogue box, type "control panel" and click OK button.

      3. At top-right of dialog box, change the "View By" to Small icons and then click Power Options, as shown in screenshot.

      4. Click at "Choose what the power buttons do".

      5. Click at "Change settings that are currently unavailable".

      6. Scroll down and uncheck the "Turn on fast startup (recommended)" option and click Save changes button.

        Note: If the "Turn on fast startup (recommended)" option is missing from this window, then you have to enable Hibernation in your computer.

      Last edited by abcd567; 2018-01-09, 18:46.


      • #4

        This thread was created for running Piaware on Raspbian PIXEL x86 LIVE image with Persistance, burned on a USB Flash stick.
        NOTE: This image is NOT directly boot-able from USB Flash on newer computers with UEFI systems, and requires workaround on such computers.

        This image was released in Dec 2016, and is downloadable from here:
        Web Page:

        Download Link:

        In June 2017, raspberrypi foundation has released another image of PIXEL x86.
        NOTE: This image is directly boot-able from USB Flash on newer computers with UEFI systems, and does NOT require any workaround.

        Web Page (scroll to bottom to heading "**ONE MORE THING…**")

        Download link:

        In November 2017, raspberrypi foundation has released another x86 image named "Debian Stretch with Raspberry Pi Desktop - The Raspberry Pi Desktop OS for PC and Mac - based on Debian Stretch".
        NOTE: This image is directlt boot-able from USB Flash on newer computers with UEFI systems, and does NOT require any workaround.

        Web Page

        Download link:
        Last edited by abcd567; 2018-01-08, 13:29.