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fedora 17 live usb boot error "error 15: file not found"

asked 2012-07-11 07:01:05 -0500

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hello there,

I am desperately trying to boot fedora 17 from a usb stick created from the gnome-live-cd.

when I try to boot from the stick, I get "error 15 - file not found" in the boot loader. I tried to create the live-usb with two different tools (linuxliveusb + liveusb creator) and I get the same error with both tools.I am creating the bootable stick from windows. The machine I am trying to get fedora installed is a netbook with an Intel Atom N2800 and 4GB RAM.

burning a cd is unfortunately not an option because the lenovo has no optical drive and I do not have an external optical drive. also, I do not have any linux machine at my hands.

any suggestions on how to get it to work?

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try unetbootin and if that does not work then download the new iso

Akshay gravatar imageAkshay ( 2012-07-11 15:16:25 -0500 )edit

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answered 2012-10-12 05:34:42 -0500

winzter143 gravatar image

I encounter this problem just because I install the ISO to the partition as is /dev/sdb1 and not on the device /dev/sdb. ISO must install to device /dev/sdb

try also to find here

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answered 2012-10-13 03:05:02 -0500

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answered 2012-10-20 16:33:59 -0500

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updated 2012-10-20 16:37:03 -0500

I had this same problem but few hours later I found a workaround. After the error message press enter, you get the grub menu. Press c to get to the console and type quit. Another dialog opens and just push start fedora.. I don't know why it works but at least I got it installed.

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answered 2012-07-23 14:06:31 -0500

Perty gravatar image


I managed to get past the error by installing the Fedora-17-x64-DVD like this:

dd if=/home/per/Fedora-17-x86_64-DVD.iso of=/dev/sdb

/Regards Perty

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answered 2012-07-13 02:24:12 -0500

sigma.kappa gravatar image

Maybe you can fiddle with grub's root command so that it does look for the correct device. I suspect your usb device naming somehow differs from what the live image expects. I think you can press 'e' during grub screen and then edit the lines.

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answered 2012-09-06 10:58:12 -0500

Hello, yes I had this same problem last night while creating my live usb stick with fedora 17 and for me the solution was fairly more simple then some of these other solutions. I also used the fedora liveusb creator tool.

My boot order was wrong in my bios. I had two options one being:
USB KEY: {name of your usb drive} so for me:
and the other option was:

I had accidentally set it to the UEFI (wrong) option rather than the USB KEY: (right) option that is the correct one to boot to.

That stopped the error 15: file not found

another small thing im not 100% sure about is my friend who did this same thing told me to create my bootable usb stick on usb 2.0 rather than 3.0. Not sure if that would make a difference. We both created our usb drives inside of windows 7 using live usbcreator tool

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answered 2012-07-20 16:56:50 -0500

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updated 2012-07-20 17:07:28 -0500


I got the same error on the new Samsung Series 9,NP900X3C-A01SE Ultrabook.

I have tried a lot without success and started a new thread here about it:

I have tried Lilo, Live Usb Creator from both Linux and Windows without success.

If I remove the findiso I get the error: Error 27, unrecognized command.

/regards Perty

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answered 2012-07-19 00:57:27 -0500

I meet the same problem, and I fix it by modify EFI/boot/bootx64.conf:

  1. Delete the findios line.
  2. Change the Disk label to "Live".

The final bootx64.conf looks like:

#debug --graphics
timeout 5
title Fedora 17
    kernel /images/pxeboot/vmlinuz root=live:CDLABEL=LIVE
    initrd /images/pxeboot/initrd.img
title Test this media & start Fedora
    kernel /images/pxeboot/vmlinuz root=live:CDLABEL=LIVE quiet
    initrd /images/pxeboot/initrd.img
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