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Re: Unable to boot Live Fedora on a USB flash drive

Richard Shaw wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 6:15 PM, Stewart Williams
> <lists pinkyboots co uk> wrote:
>> I am trying to create a LiveUSB drive using a 2GB USB flash drive, but
>> I'm being unsuccessful for some reason.
>> Ideally I was hoping to create one based on Omega-10, but I get the same
>> problems with Fedora.
>> Here's what I have tried:
>> 1. Creating a LiveCD from omega-10-desktop.iso and boot it (which works
>> fine).
>> Plug in USB stick, fdisk it as one partition, type 6 (fat 16) then
>> format it by running 'mkfs.msdos -F 16 -n usbdisk /dev/sdg1'
>> As root running 'livecd-iso-to-disk /dev/live /dev/sdg1'
>> Seems to complete without error
>> 2. Boot Fedora 9 install on my desktop and prepare the USB stick as above
>> Run liveusb-creator GUI and select /dev/sdg1 as target, and
>> omega-10-desktop.iso as source (Also tried F10-Live-i686.iso as source)
>> Completes without error
>> However when I try and boot of the stick either by physically booting
>> using the BIOS or testing with QEMU I get the following errors:
>> Running 'qemu -hda /dev/sdg -m 256 -std-vga' or booting using a physical
>> PC I get a garbled prompt
>> http://www.freeimagehosting.net/image.php?07644a5805.png
>> Running 'qemu -hda /dev/sdg1 -m 256 -std-vga' I get an error stating
>> that it can find the root filesystem
>> http://www.freeimagehosting.net/image.php?159f02408f.png
>> Does anyone know what I may be doing wrong?
>> Many Thanks.
> It looks like in the first case it doesn't like the MBR. I get
> something similar when I leave my iPod connected to my work laptop on
> reboot. One thing, not all usb sticks like all BIOS's. It could be the
> stick, it could be your BIOS, no good way to tell that I know of.
> Richard

Hi Richard

I don't think it's a BIOS issue, as I've tried to boot from it on 2
different desktops, an eee-pc and qemu.

But it could be the stick. I will try another and report back.

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