Starting from an external USB storage device (Intel-based Macs)

So my aim is to install openSUSEx64 11.3 onto my Macbook; but for whatever reason, upon boot-up, the system won’t recognize the USB thumb drive with the expanded image of openSUSE on it. I followed steps in Terminal to expand the image onto the said USB stick and know it worked properly because Terminal said “Process Completed.”
Do I need a special type of USB thumb drive or am I missing something? I am using a late-2009 Macbook. Thanks. By the way, these were the steps used to prep the USB thumb stick:

Open a Terminal (under Utilities)

Run diskutil list to get the current list of devices

Insert your flash media

Run diskutil list again and determine the device node assigned to your flash media (e.g. /dev/disk2)

Run diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN

Execute sudo dd if=/path/to/downloaded.img of=/dev/diskN bs=1m

Run diskutil eject /dev/diskN and remove your flash media when the command completes

and my optical drive is damaged. Hence me looking at the USB install alternative.

NuxGood wrote:
> So my aim is to install openSUSEx64 11.3 onto my Macbook;

last i heard this method linked below works…if it does not be sure
and let us know:

hmmmm…those instructions are for how to make the stick on either a
Windows or Linux box, i have NO idea what one might do on a Mac…

hopefully a Mac-Smart person will happen along with the real answer…

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