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Old 09-18-2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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Fedora 19 boot disk AND usb stick boot to a blank screen


I'm currently running Ubuntu 12.04 as my sole OS. I decided I wanted to run Fedora instead. I went to fedoraproject.org, downloaded the ISO file for Fedora 19, and transferred the ISO file to a USB stick by opening Terminal and entering the command: sudo dd if=/home/myname/Downloads/Fedora-Live-Desktop-x86_64-19-1.iso of=/dev/sdb. The process appeared to complete successfully. I restarted my computer, hit esc to change the boot order, and booted from the USB stick. I was presented with a menu asking me whether I wanted to run Fedora or troubleshoot. Whichever option I chose, I was presented with a totally blank screen, and had to hit ctrl-alt-delete to restart.

I thought there might be something wrong with the USB stick, so I booted into Ubuntu and used Brasero to burn the ISO file to a blank DVD-R. I then booted from the disc drive and got exactly the same result as when I booted from the USB.

I've been Googling this for about an hour. Quite a few people have had similar issues, but there doesn't seem to be a single well-known cause. Someone said changing the monitor brightness fixed the problem for him. I tried that, to no avail. When I'm stuck on that blank screen, and I change the brightness, I can see the monitor's brightness changing, but still nothing appears.

My computer's specs:

Ubuntu
Release 12.04 (precise) 32-bit
Kernel Linux 3.2.0-53-generic-pae
GNOME 3.4.2

Memory: 2.0 GB
Processor: Intel® Celeron(R) M CPU 410 @ 1.46GHz

63.3 GB space available

Let me know if any more info would help make this problem clearer.
 
Old 09-18-2013, 09:14 PM   #2
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88 views, and nobody has any ideas? I'm starting to get a bad feeling about this.
 
Old 09-18-2013, 09:38 PM   #3
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Maybe your download is corrupted? Or maybe you have a hardware imcompatibility?

I have downloaded and burned many fedora 19 iso's to DVD, and created bootable usb sticks using http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/...USB_Media.html as a refernce.
 
Old 09-18-2013, 09:47 PM   #4
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That's exactly the site I'm using as my guide, and I haven't found the answer. How do I know if there's a hardware incompatibility?
 
Old 09-18-2013, 10:12 PM   #5
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Hi: Cabroncito-

Welcome to Linux Questions!

Sorry to hear your having trouble with Fedora.

Quote:
How do I know if there's a hardware incompatibility?
You can run this command to ensure if you have 32-bit architecture or if you have a 64-bit computer architecture-
Code:
uname -m
Fedora works well on most 64-bit computers.
A black screen could mean that you need a driver for your graphics card.
This looks like the normal VGA graphics issue that FC has sometimes.
That can be fixed with an edit to the bootline.

What kind of computer do you have? A Desktop or laptop? And what brand?

And do you know if you have a UEFI partition or UEFI BIOS?
If you have the option 'LEGACY BIOS' or 'LEGACY' MOD Enable that-

Also like Doug G mentioned; your iso could be corrupt:-
Were you able to check the integrity of that file using 'md5sum' or 'sha'?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MD5
http://linux.about.com/library/cmd/blcmdl1_sha1sum.htm

Fedora Compatability Documentation
http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/...tible-x86.html
 
Old 09-18-2013, 10:13 PM   #6
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Shal tested?

According to Intel you have a 32 bit processor?

Instruction Set 32-bit
 
Old 09-18-2013, 10:23 PM   #7
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Hi jefro!

Sorry, Cabroncito:

I didn't know till I found this Fedora page--Fedora 19 does not support UEFI booting for 32-bit x86 systems. Only BIOS booting is supported.
http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/...-Boot-x86.html
 
Old 09-20-2013, 09:38 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Ztcoracat View Post
Hi: Cabroncito-

Welcome to Linux Questions!

Sorry to hear your having trouble with Fedora.



You can run this command to ensure if you have 32-bit architecture or if you have a 64-bit computer architecture-
Code:
uname -m
Fedora works well on most 64-bit computers.
A black screen could mean that you need a driver for your graphics card.
This looks like the normal VGA graphics issue that FC has sometimes.
That can be fixed with an edit to the bootline.

What kind of computer do you have? A Desktop or laptop? And what brand?

And do you know if you have a UEFI partition or UEFI BIOS?
If you have the option 'LEGACY BIOS' or 'LEGACY' MOD Enable that-

Also like Doug G mentioned; your iso could be corrupt:-
Were you able to check the integrity of that file using 'md5sum' or 'sha'?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MD5
http://linux.about.com/library/cmd/blcmdl1_sha1sum.htm

Fedora Compatability Documentation
http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/...tible-x86.html
I ran the md5sum and sha1sum commands in Terminal, but I'm not sure what to do with the results. Here are the commands I entered, and the results:
dan@ElCabroncito:~/Downloads$ md5sum Fedora-Live-Desktop-x86_64-19-1.iso
338eac7c24238cb2e2d60deb6c31c3df Fedora-Live-Desktop-x86_64-19-1.iso
dan@ElCabroncito:~/Downloads$ sha1sum Fedora-Live-Desktop-x86_64-19-1.iso
164a7f2c85ffacc2beffe9b123c92751449803e7 Fedora-Live-Desktop-x86_64-19-1.iso

My understanding is that I'm supposed to verify that the long strings of characters match exactly with known strings of characters for this ISO file, but I'm not sure where to look. I copied and pasted both of those character strings into Google and found some Fedora download sites that have those strings of characters, but nothing that tells me with certainty that they're correct. The Ubuntu site has a long list of strings like these against which you can verify your results, but I've found nothing like that on the Fedora site. All I found was this: https://fedoraproject.org/en/verify The site says: "To verify your ISO, start by downloading the proper CHECKSUM file into the same directory as the ISO." I don't know what they mean, because there doesn't appear to be anything downloadable on that page. If I right-click the links, my computer treats them as regular links, not files. If I open them up, I see a bunch of text that begins, -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----. Exactly how does this work?

My computer is a laptop. The brand is PC Laptops.

How do I tell if I have a UEFI partition or UEFI bios?
 
Old 09-20-2013, 09:52 PM   #9
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When you downloaded the Fedora .iso an addition file should of downloaded with it.
That number should match the number exactly.

For example on this page (4th row down) I choose the Fedora-Live-Jam-KDE-x86 version--
And the string of characters to the left of that iso is what should show in your terminal.https://fedoraproject.org/static/che...64-19-CHECKSUM

Code:
613d83f581d5e1376f47619fccfe3b9a24d62600c7b7a8413b56e9c1e0d2d68f *Fedora-Live-Jam-KDE-x86_64-19-1.iso
If indeed you do not have the exact string of characters than that is not a trusted source!

Code:
How do I tell if I have a UEFI partition or UEFI bios?
If your PC Laptop came with Windows 8 installed on it it's a sure bet that you have a UEFI partition/secure boot--
If you have UEFI BIOS it would say so in the portion of your BIOS and look something like this:
{LEGACY + UEFI}
Aside from that if you see the company name "Insyde" (within your BIOS Main Menu) you indeed have UEFI partition. Insyde is one of the top manufacturer's that designs the new UEFI BIOS. http://www.insydesw.com/

:~$ It is not wise to put a 64-bit OS on a 32-bit computer-

Last edited by Ztcoracat; 09-20-2013 at 10:02 PM. Reason: Additional info.
 
Old 09-20-2013, 10:17 PM   #10
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I didn't realize until just now that there's a 32-bit version of Fedora 19. I'm going to d/l that to my usb drive and see if it works.
 
Old 09-20-2013, 10:50 PM   #11
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Let us know how it goes-
 
Old 09-23-2013, 01:20 AM   #12
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The whole problem was that I was trying to run a 64-bit OS on a 32-bit machine. I have the 32-bit version of Fedora installed now, and it's running fine. Thanks for the help.
 
Old 09-23-2013, 02:38 AM   #13
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Glad to hear your new Fedora 19 is running fine ;-Cabroncito

I just installed Fedora 19 myself today and it's running very nicely on my Vaio!

Have a good week!
 
  


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