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Old 06-22-2017, 05:09 PM   #1
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Can't seem to make a bootable USB stick


I've only had to install linux from usb once before. And it went smoothly. This time I cannot seem to get a usb stick to boot. Various usb sticks, various distros, various programs to make said stick. Help me out, what is the obvious thing I'm missing?
 
Old 06-22-2017, 05:24 PM   #2
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Try this:
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$ dd if=/dev/installation.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=2048 conv=sync
where sdb is the USB stick. If that doesn't work, there's something wrong with the iso file.
 
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Try this:
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$ dd if=/dev/installation.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=2048 conv=sync
where sdb is the USB stick. If that doesn't work, there's something wrong with the iso file.
Sorry. I wasn't clear. I'm trying to make this USB from the wife's Windows laptop. (She needs windows for some weird accounting and inventory softwares I can't get to run on linux.) So I've got rufus, usb writer, unetbootin, and etcher. I've got about a dozen random distros, though that's more just trying to get something to boot. All the ISOs can't be corrupt.
 
Old 06-22-2017, 05:35 PM   #4
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Are you sure that USB has priority in the computer's boot order?
 
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Are you sure that USB has priority in the computer's boot order?
Yes. And I can select boot device with a function key on startup.
 
Old 06-22-2017, 05:48 PM   #6
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Have you tried using a different USB port?

Is the machine booting as EFI or Legacy BIOS, and if the former, is Secure Boot enabled or disabled?

(I know, basic questions, but I have to ask).
 
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Have you tried using a different USB port?

Is the machine booting as EFI or Legacy BIOS, and if the former, is Secure Boot enabled or disabled?

(I know, basic questions, but I have to ask).
No, I'm sure it's something basic and stupid I'm overlooking. Booting EFI with secure disabled. Would legacy be worth a try?
 
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No, I'm sure it's something basic and stupid I'm overlooking. Booting EFI with secure disabled. Would legacy be worth a try?
Give it a go. Anything would be worth a try (do you know any magic incantations? ).

What are the laptop specs (make, model)?

Which distros have you tried?
 
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Give it a go. Anything would be worth a try (do you know any magic incantations? ).

What are the laptop specs (make, model)?

Which distros have you tried?
HP Pavillion 15-bk020wm x369. Nothing special, but it was on super clearance.

I've tried a few flavors of ubuntu, mageia, manjaro, debian, mint. It simply cant be the distro..... I don't think....
 
Old 06-22-2017, 06:30 PM   #10
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Have a wee read through the suggested firmware settings in this (ignore the overall subject matter) and see if it helps:

https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebo...ad/m-p/4240018
 
Old 06-22-2017, 07:22 PM   #11
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With secure boot disabled, legacy boot should be enabled. When you boot hit the Esc key to get the various options including F9. Hit the F9 key and you should see several options including the name of the flash drive manufacturer, Sandisk, Lexar, Toshiba or whatever it is. I just got a low end HP and that's the only way I could boot a flash drive.
 
Old 06-22-2017, 08:48 PM   #12
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An Ubuntu LTS created usb ought to boot secure boot and uefi if you select the usb as a a hard drive option usually. Might say uefi usb.

Sleeping a Windows 10 will lock the drive usually.
 
Old 06-22-2017, 10:28 PM   #13
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If your having probs with multiple distros, it's most likely NOT the iso's you're using... unless you have crappy internet that keeps disconnecting & interrupting your DL's.

Unetbootin is really buggy too, so try a different program for writing the images/files. dd... or if you don't have access to Linux, give "Rufus" as try. It's the best out there at what it does. It'll set it up for you how you want it - no matter how you plan on installing & booting Linux (EFI, UEFI, VM, live-boot, etc.).
 
Old 06-23-2017, 01:56 PM   #14
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Red face UNetbootin

Hi there, I would suggest trying to use UNetbootin to create your image. I have had a couple issues trying to use DD, mostly on Ubuntu 14.04, and have found luck using UNetbootin. If your PC can see the USB in the boot menu, there's an issue with your image. I would suggest formatting the USB (after moving needed data of course) and using UNetbootin to create a new image on your USB. Good luck!
 
Old 06-26-2017, 01:27 PM   #15
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Hi, try this method... a program called Rufus. https://rufus.akeo.ie/
 
  


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