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What are some problems that can prevent me from booting after installation, and how could they be fixed?

asked 2017-09-14 11:59:13 -0500

justin15 gravatar image

After I install Fedora (And get rid of Windows 10) what problems could I run into that would prevent me from booting into Fedora, and how could I fix them? Also how rare is it for these problems to occur?

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I have three suggestions for you. First, before you install Fedora, boot from a LiveUSB and see how it works. If everything works OK, you're good to go, because installing Fedora from Live media just copies what's on the flash drive to your hard drive. Second, don't remove Windows right away; leave it there as a dual boot system in case you have any problems getting on line in Linux. Last, put your /home on a separate partition so that if you end up re-partitioning your drive to reinstall, you won't lose any of your personal files.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2017-09-14 16:07:14 -0500 )edit

I was having problems with commands like sudo dnf install gnome-tweak-tool while trying it out on the USB. It would not even let me install apps from GNOME Software. I would get something saying dnf.log was a read-only file after 10 minutes or so of uptime. Restarting was the only way to fix it. Would this occur after installation?

justin15 gravatar imagejustin15 ( 2017-09-15 11:01:28 -0500 )edit

you are running live, and not installed yet, so where can it put stuff you install? the USB is probably set as readonly to protect the installation from possible changes. as to hardware issues, if you list your system information, video, ram cpu and so forth, that will tell us if you might need special drivers.

SteveEbey73701 gravatar imageSteveEbey73701 ( 2017-09-15 17:12:13 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-09-14 15:40:53 -0500

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updated 2017-09-14 15:41:46 -0500

Probably the most frequent issues are those related to Nvidia GPUs, installing drivers mostly helps.

Getting rid of windows before or during Fedora installation stems some minor potential issues.

It's always reasonable to research your hardware compatibility with Fedora, or Linux in general, in advance.

Here are some common Fedora 26 issues: Some of them can be omitted by installing using updated system images.

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