Fedora 29 boot: unpacking failed: XZ compressed data is corrupt

asked 2019-04-16 19:51:42 -0500

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New to Fedora/Linux. Trying to create a bootable Fedora 29 on a USB hard drive. Downloaded Fedora Workstation to my Win 7 laptop. Downloaded Rufus. Ran Rufus to create bootable USB flash drive/memory stick. Options included "MBR" partition scheme (default), Target system = "BIOS or UEFI" (only option), File system = FAT32, Cluster size = 8192 bytes, checked "Quick format",checked "Create extended label and icon files" Rufus seems to happily complete the installation Power down/up. Select "boot from USB device" It appears to be trying to boot the Fedora system But it stops with a message "xxxxxxx unpacking failed:XZ compressed data is corrupt (the message doesn't stay long enough for me to remember what "xxxxxxx" is) I have no idea what to do, what to look for... I will try again without "quick format" checked, but I don't know what else to try.

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I tried again, fully formatting the flash drive, but the result was the same. The message (in every case) lasts only a couple seconds, then is replaced by a screenfull of information that looks like a trace. This remains frozen on the screen; the only key that seems enabled is PowerOff. I took a picture of it in case it is of interest to anyone.

mpa.rochester gravatar imagempa.rochester ( 2019-04-16 23:15:45 -0500 )edit

a) smartphones are very good in capturing awayscrolling error messages by video ;) b) Why don't you just install fedora from the running livedisk to the usb drive in question?

rdtcustomercare gravatar imagerdtcustomercare ( 2019-04-20 04:48:25 -0500 )edit

I was trying to follow the recommendations I found on Quora: - Make sure your Ext HDD is fully formatted and connected, also DO NOT MAKE any partitions to it.

-Download the fedora (32bit or 64bit) and burn it to your USB Stick. Recommended size is 16 GB but 8 GB should do the work. Use Rufus to prepare your USB, or any good tool.

-Switch off PC, connect USB and hit F9 key or F10 (whatever brings the boot device option as per your BIOS).

At this point, the boot started from the (16GB) USB, but soon the error message appeared. Does this help?

mpa.rochester gravatar imagempa.rochester ( 2019-04-22 13:55:31 -0500 )edit

the live disk has a "TEST MEDIA blah" option, did you try it? what does it say? and btw, a 4 gb usb stick is enough for fedora iso images.

rdtcustomercare gravatar imagerdtcustomercare ( 2019-04-26 03:30:53 -0500 )edit