Trying to install from USB DVD drive.

asked 2015-08-14 18:06:28 -0600

I'm trying to install Linux onto an Acer laptop with no internal DVD drive. I am using an external USB drive. I can boot fine, but once the kernel is running it loses the USB devices, including the keyboard and mouse. It keeps asking where the kernel is and all the choices are "sda-." I started with Fedora 14 (the newest distro I have on disc), then several other issues of Fedora, SUSE, and Knoppix but all lose USB support under the kernel.

Any way around this? Would a newer distro have a fix?

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First off, the only two versions of Fedora that are supported are 21 and 22; Fedora 14 is several years out of date. My suggestion is to download a current version and put it onto a USB key and install it from there. Good luck, and keep us informed.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2015-08-14 21:40:35 -0600 )edit

On my acer laptop I had the same problem with a gentoo linux live disk. Using a bootable USB key solved the problem.

slartibartfas gravatar imageslartibartfas ( 2015-08-15 11:43:34 -0600 )edit