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Installing Fedora F23 Server on a compact flash card

asked 2016-05-20 12:06:24 -0500

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I’m trying to install fedora F23 Server on my Thin Client, it has the hardware to run it but the only problem is the compact flash card that’s used as a hard drive there. Is there an installation tutorial for such things? Because all the related posts in are older than 2009 and I’m actually not able to install the Fedora Server directly on the CF card from a bootable CD or a USB. I did successfully install the Fedora F23 Server using a method explained here on how to get it done with a micro CD card for my RPi2 B. Could the same method be used on a compact flash card, of course with the normal F23 Server .img file and not with the one intended for the RPi2 B.

Thanks for your help.

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  1. Create a bootable USB drive from the .iso image
  2. Boot Fedora from USB (with the cf/sd card inserted)
  3. Install Fedora to your flash card (make sure bootloader is installed too).
  4. Enjoy

I know, you stated that you are "actually not able to install the Fedora Server directly on the CF card from a bootable CD or a USB'. Why?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-05-20 13:52:06 -0500 )edit

Thank you for your reply, I actually don’t know exactly why, but I read somewhere that the CF Card won't be recognized as a hard drive during the Install process. I tried with a Live CD and with an actual install .img burned with ImgBurn both were mounted with an external CD Drive on my Thin Client, when I choose the install option my LG TV that I use as monitor goes black with “no signal” comment on it followed by no activity form the CD Drive a minute \later. I tried all the display ports, all had the same outcome. I tried the Net Installer on one of mine USB's, but the result was the same.

talgl gravatar imagetalgl ( 2016-05-20 15:09:20 -0500 )edit

CF card should be recognized as a drive in anaconda (Fedora Installer). So, neither Live USB or Live CD boot up? Are you sure they are working correctly? Can you boot the same USB/ CD on a "regular" PC? I am confused about .img file. Please use the .iso file that you get from here to write your live/ boot media.

What graphics chipset does your ThinClient have? Once you boot the Live System, what's the output of lspci | grep VGA?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-05-20 21:58:58 -0500 )edit

Sorry, I meant the .iso files instead of .img files the whole time, my Thin Client has an Intel GMA 3650 and neither Live USB nor Live CD boot up properly, I see only the main installation menu and when I click on install Fedora or choose to boot up the Live CD my LG TV goes dark with “No signal” comment. All the CDs function properly on my main Laptop. I also don’t get to the part where I can write "lspci | grep VGA" and I tried to use those files:

  • Fedora-Server-netinst-x86_64-23.iso
  • Fedora-Server-DVD-x86_64-23.iso
  • Fedora-Live-Workstation-x86_64-23-10.iso
talgl gravatar imagetalgl ( 2016-05-21 06:12:36 -0500 )edit

I tried now the installation of the Ubuntu Server 16.04 form a CD using this file “ubuntu-16.04-server-amd64.iso” and it works like a charm, but I would really like to use the Fedora Server instead. Does it have anything to do with UEFI? Because my external CD showed twice in my BIOS once with the UEFI prefix end once without.

Update: After installing the Ubuntu Server and booting it up, I still lose the connection to the LG TV, but at least I can work on it with SSH.

talgl gravatar imagetalgl ( 2016-05-21 06:57:27 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-05-23 16:09:33 -0500

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updated 2016-05-25 17:07:09 -0500

I tried the 32bit Fedora Server version with no success to, however I had successfully installed the 64bit Ubuntu Server version. I think the problem is my graphic card, it’s a GMA 3650 also known as the problematic “PowerVR SGX 545”. I am going to sell this piece because I bought myself one of those Gigabyte BRIX PCs with an Intel Celeron 3150 on it instead, I read that now I’m not going to have any problems at all.

Anyways as far as the title of this post goes, there is no problem to install Fedora or anything else on a CF card.

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answered 2016-05-22 20:57:13 -0500

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updated 2016-05-22 20:58:56 -0500

I think, your problem with Fedora23_x86-64 is that your CPU does not support x64 instructions.

Check with manufacturer of your CPU and Mainboard, and use lscpu.

Try using the 32 bit version of Fedora.

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