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Old 03-16-2012, 02:18 PM   #1
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Unable to boot install media. [user error]


My problems is this:
I installed Squeeze with root on a 75GB hard drive, with 5GB as swap on the same drive and home on a RAID5 of three other drives.
I then installed Squeeze again, from a USB stick created with unetbootin, creating a new partition on the 70GB hard drive, making it two 35GB partitions both with root and the 5GB swap. I didn't install GRUB at this point.
I then rebooted and the system booted as normal into my original Squeeze install. I ran update-grub and it picked up the second install.
I could then select between two squeeze installs at boot through the GRUB menu.

I then messed up the second Squeeze install trying to "upgrade" to Sid.
So, I decided I knew what I did wrong with the upgrade and wanted to try again. To do this I inserted the USB stick and set my PC to boot from it.
On booting I'm told there is no image present (or something similar) and my PC won't boot.
The same happens if I try a DVD installer.
So, for want of a better idea I wiped the partition containing the second Squeeze install, but this had no effect.

Had anyone else had this kind of problem and, if so, any tips?
I am tempted to wipe the 75GB hdd completely and start again but if it turns out to still not boot from anything removeable I'm stuffed.


I have posted this here because I'm running Debian and trying to install Debian and Debian based distros, if you feel it belongs in a more general place please feel free to move it, thanks.

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Old 03-16-2012, 03:32 PM   #2
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Try using a rescue livecd like Supergrub to restore grub.
 
Old 03-16-2012, 03:53 PM   #3
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Try using a rescue livecd like Supergrub to restore grub.
Sorry, I think I confused things. I can still boot to my original Squeeze install but cannot boot from an install DVD or USB stick. I actually want to boot from the Squeeze install image On USB which I installed it with on the first place, but have tried Squeze and LMDE install DVDs too with the same result of no boot image found.
 
Old 03-16-2012, 05:00 PM   #4
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What are you using the burn the iso image to the CDs/DVDs? I normally use k3b, and it never fails me. Have you checked the md5sums of the ISO images you're using? You can also check the BIOS settings to assure that everything is fine.
 
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What are you using the burn the iso image to the CDs/DVDs? I normally use k3b, and it never fails me. Have you checked the md5sums of the ISO images you're using? You can also check the BIOS settings to assure that everything is fine.
For the USB image I used unetbootin and the DVDs I burned with Brasero.
The boot media are not the problem though because I can boot my netbook from the USB stick and have installed from one of the DVDs I'm trying to use.
This has something to do with drive assignments being changed, I think, as every time I boot my drives are a different letter, eg. /dev/sda is /dev/sdc on next boot.
 
Old 03-16-2012, 06:24 PM   #6
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Boot the Debian install on your hard drive. Go to the site below and download the bootinfoscript (read the instructions first). The plug in your usb and run the bootinfoscript which will output a results.txt file which you can review. If that doesn't do it, post the results.txt file here and someone should be able to help clarify things.
 
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I have run the script now and have both results, but it doesn't seem to tell me anything I don't know. The files are large, which bits are the ones which could help you?
 
Old 03-16-2012, 08:04 PM   #8
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You can attach them when you make a new post (the "Manage attachments" button below the input area). If you can boot Debian and can use the external media on other machines without problems, then this might be a BIOS setup issue, as I suggested before; not related to your Debian install. Are you sure you haven't touched any BIOS boot setting lately? (Anyway, the results from the bootinfo script can help to have an idea of how your setup is, and if there is any problem with it).

Cheers.
 
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I have changed the BIOS boot order many times. The problem I have is that when trying to boot from anything but the hard drive it will not boot.
I will post both to torrow if nobody has any ideas in the mean time.

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Old 03-17-2012, 11:54 AM   #10
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OK, I have attached the results before adding a USB stick RESULTS0.txt and after adding it RESULSTS1.txt .
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File Type: txt RESULTS1.txt (12.8 KB, 8 views)
 
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Just to clarify things (if you have not resolved this issue?), you are able to boot Debian Squeeze which you have installed to the hard drive?
When you set your BIOS to boot first from usb (the one you used to install the second instance of Debian Squeeze) it will not boot?
What happens? Is the error no image found? What exactly does it say, if you do get some type of message.
Is the error message the same for the usb and the DVD? If not, specify.
You can still use the usb successfully on another computer?
You can still use the DVD successfully on another computer?
 
Old 03-18-2012, 02:34 PM   #12
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My apologies, I shall mark this solved.
Seems I managed to damage unetbootin created boot USB so it no long booted. I've rewritten it and things are looking good.
 
Old 03-18-2012, 04:16 PM   #13
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Seems I managed to damage unetbootin created boot USB so it no long booted
I wondered about that after seeing your results.txt file and the boot files for the usb. I have an usb with several Linux distributions on it and the boot files, particularly syslinux.cfg looked very different from your extlinux.cfg file. None of them were Debian or Debian based so...

Glad you figured it out, although that doesn't explain why you could not boot from DVD?

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Old 03-18-2012, 04:34 PM   #14
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Yeah, the DVD problem is strange, I can't verify my DVDs boot though because it's the only machine I have with DVD. Thankfully you prompted me to try the USB drive in my netbook and find it failed.
Thankfully I prefer USB installs as I find them a little quicker so now I'm back messing with two Squeezes.
 
  


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