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LiveUSB Creator appears to be broken

asked 2016-03-08 09:09:26 -0500

baroquequest gravatar image

I was logged in as admin on a W-7 64-bit PC and created a LiveUSB stick using LiveUSB Creator. The files on the stick looked okay after it finished and the messages looked like the ones on the FAQ. Then I inserted it into a different PC and booted. I saw the message "vesamenu.c32: not a COM32R image." Okay, I hit Tab and got a menu from which I selected linux0. Fedora booted, but then I saw the screen of "Use Fedora or install on a hard drive." That should not have happened with a LiveUSB. I selected install, but then no drive could be located, not even my USB stick.

Then just for laughs, I formatted the drive on the PC, started LiveUSB Creator, and tried to create a stick using an older iso of Fedora, Fedora-18-x86_64-Live-Desktop.iso, but it could not find the file in Fedora-land -- HTTP Error 404: Not Found.

It appears to me that LiveUSB Creator is broken. Any ideas?

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Looks like you are trying a install DVD not the Live Workstation of Fedora that will normally run. What version of Fedora are you trying to install and where did you get it?

aeperezt gravatar imageaeperezt ( 2016-03-08 09:55:12 -0500 )edit

I downloaded the 64-bit workstation version of 23 from getfedora.org . I share your confusion. Every time I try to build a Live Workstation, I build something that resembles a LiveCD.

baroquequest gravatar imagebaroquequest ( 2016-03-08 19:17:31 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-03-08 23:09:52 -0500

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Curiously, the Fedora 23 documentation doesn't mention LiveUSB Creator. It recommands SUSE Studio ImageWriter or Rawrite32.

The name of the file for Fedora 23 Workstation is Fedora-Live-Workstation-x86_64-23-10.iso and don't forget to check its hash.

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I tried a clean install using a liveUSB key, and LiveUSB Creator didn't seem to understand what to do with F23 iso. I used ImageWriter as recommended on the wiki and I had no problem booting in Legacy or EFI on the key. I didn't bother trying to get persistence on the key since it was only to install F23 on the drive, so I don't know if that's possible with this method

gagbo gravatar imagegagbo ( 2016-03-09 10:12:59 -0500 )edit
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answered 2016-03-11 12:19:39 -0500

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updated 2016-03-11 13:44:34 -0500

I figured it out. I don't think many people know that some, if not all, of SanDisk's USB flash drives were created as local drives, not as removable ones as is usually the case. I have a SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 drive, but people have commented in SanDisk forums that other drives have the same problem. This fact confuses LiveUSB Creator and other utilities. My solution should have been obvious to me, but sometimes one has to step back and look at things from a different perspective.

I was unable to use LiveUSB Creator, but I was able to create a Live USB by simply installing it from a CD-ROM as one often does for HDD/SDD. There was one gotcha. At first I placed the disc in the drive and the flash drive in a USB port, but the installation stopped at one point. I have no idea why. But then I only placed the disc in the drive and got the installation to the point where it asks if I want to install to a drive and only then inserted the flash drive. Everything works fine now.

P.S. cmurf commented that the official documentation does not mention LiveUSB Creator. This is true and I wish the Fedora community would sort it out. The page that references it is https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-crea... and it looks very similar to official Fedora pages.

And attempting to use openSUSE's ImageWriter with the aforementioned SanDisk drive results in: "Unhandled exception has occurred in your application ... Object reference not set to an instance of an object."

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