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Booting the Live DVD gets me to a blue patterned desktop with no way to interact with the OS. The only options I have are a Right Mouse Click that gets me to Settings, and Ctl+Alt+Del that gives me the option to Restart/Shutdown. There are no icons etc with which to do anything, so how do I use Fedora, or instal it to the hdd, or add programs etc.? I have the latest LIVE version and burned the ISO to disk. I have also used LiveUSB Creator to install the LIVE version to a USB HDD, neither of which get me a usable OS when they are booted.

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Thank you, that will be useful. Still doesn't help with my problem. When I say there is nothing on the desktop, I mean nothing. No Linux equivalent of the Windows Taskbar or Start Button (I am not expecting a Windows equivalent OS, just saying). No Icons on the desktop. No clickable area around the edges of the screen, No way to use the OS at all except the right-mouse click to shut it down. There is no way to add, or remove anything and no way to start anything. Just a pretty blue background.

Frustrating. Trevor

Regulus gravatar imageRegulus ( 2014-11-22 01:40:03 -0500 )edit

Okay, I just wanted to make sure the bar on the top was present; it doesn't sound like it. By default, there are no icons on the desktop; you activate the menu by pressing the win key, or moving the mouse to the top left corner (if it's working properly, that is).

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-11-22 02:16:42 -0500 )edit

fedora 21 is another choice. you can download the beta version now or wait for 20 days and install fedora 21 final ;)

Mehran gravatar imageMehran ( 2014-11-22 02:29:28 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-11-21 23:38:47 -0500

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Please verify your hash of your livecd image, and try creating live usb with official fedora usb creator, Hope it Helps :)

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answered 2014-11-21 20:01:48 -0500

1) Have you verified downloaded Fedora .iso and made sure burning completed succesfully? It should have opened up a dialog wiith something like this : a) Run Fedora live ; b) Test media & run c) Troubleshooting If you get to here i'd suggest b) method, or if booting fails there should be something like Run Fedora-failsafe in c). 2) If you experience more problems with DVD, try to create bootable usb. if you use windows i recomend win32 disk imager, if linux I recomend su -c 'cat fedora.iso >> /dev/sdx && sync'(works as charm for me). there are other methods like Unetbootin (I never succeeded with that) , Rufus, dd command...

When you get to live version there is install menu available as program.

Hope that was helpfull.

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Most likely your distribution of choice doesn't load GUI at all or if it does it doesn't start succesfuly.

I think you could and or should jump into CLI interface sreenmode by pressing alt+ctrl+F2(or F3) and try to run gnome service by : # service gdm3 start. Perhaps you are missing firmware that is in non-free section. This isn't choosen by default in some distros.

FEDonMBP62 gravatar imageFEDonMBP62 ( 2014-11-23 16:01:32 -0500 )edit

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