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jlinkels 06-22-2011 11:18 AM

USB stick creation for Debian Wheezy installer has changed
It seems that the creation process for a bootable USB stick has changed for Debian Wheezy.

I used to create a bootable USB stick using syslinux etc. This time I used a USB stick which had succesfully used before and copied the newest Testing iso on it. During the first part of the installation process the installer would fail with an error message like "could not find a mountable partition with a suitable iso image" or somthing like that. I could not copy that message of course and since I am succesfully installing, the message has disappeard.

The solution is simpler as you have ever dreamed of:
  1. Download the netinstaller ISO
  2. Copy it onto the USB stick using dd if=/your/iso of=/dev/sdc

Assuming /dev/sdc is the usb stick you are preparing. All data on the USB disk will be lost during this copy! (Did I really have to say that?)

This solution works for the current Debian Testing Wheezy. The mainboard is ASUS M4A78LT-M


TobiSGD 06-22-2011 11:47 AM

This is supported since Squeeze.

jlinkels 06-22-2011 12:03 PM

Very well possible, I was able to install Squeeze in the classic way, while Wheezy failed.

And, more important, the offical Debian installation manual still point to outdated information, describing the classic USB stick preparation method.

So I thought it was better to post the newer method here in case someone is stuck with an uninstallable image.


odiseo77 06-22-2011 03:17 PM

That explains why I had so many problems trying to install Debian Wheezy with the clasic syslinux method like one month ago. I thought it was some problem with the iso image I had downloaded, and ended up downloading another one and using dd (actually now I don't remember if I used dd or unetbootin). For some reason, I still prefer the clasic method, but it's good to know it doesn't work anymore, for future installations.
Thanks for the heads up.

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