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Old 08-20-2016, 09:59 PM   #1
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Hey, what's wrong with my Fedora live DVD booting up?

Hey, I'm kind of new here. I got my hands on a copy of Linux Bible because I want to discover more about Linux with it's more technical uses and it's internals. I burned the latest ISO image to both USB (in UNetbootin) and DVD, and I've been kind of messing around lately, so please don't get upset if I am not giving as much detail as I can.

It boots up to the loading screen with scrolling text. After a few have passed, I start seeing what appears to be the same message being spammed rapidly scrolling down screen. I couldn't record what the message was. I end up have to hold the power button on my PC to turn it off.

I have a UEFI Dell desktop (Windows 10, 1TB, 8GB, NVidia graphics, Intel Core i5 Skylake) with secure boot not enabled. I don't know whether this is because of the boot option I pick (boot screen lists CD/DVD under both "legacy" and "UEFI"), but an older spare low-power machine I have from 2012 has the same thing happening.

This isn't really an urgent thing, but I would love to be able to boot Linux from the live CD.
Old 08-20-2016, 10:26 PM   #2
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Fedora have warned against using Unetbootin for a while - read this.
I always have a Linux system available, so simply use dd - hence I can't recommend any Windows tool to you. Hopefully others can.
Old 08-20-2016, 11:12 PM   #3
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Windows software you can use to create a bootable Linux flash drive would include pendrivelinux and rufus. I don't know how well it will work with Fedora, just google either and check their sites.
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I would boot with a live CD/DVD and use the dd command to write the iso image to the flash drive:
$ dd if=/home/user/iso.image of=/dev/sdb1
where sdb1 is the USB flash drive.
Old 08-23-2016, 02:28 PM   #5
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AwesomeMachine, correct me if im wrong but I thought it would be dd if=/home/user/iso.image of=/dev/sdb (with no sdb1)
Im a newbie so I may be wrong, but thats usually how i burn to USB. Not sure if this is different when writing to dvd.
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"of=/dev/sdb (with no sdb1) " That is correct, use /dev/sd(x)

Always the device and be cotton picking sure you know what sda and sdb and sdc are.

You'd have to test your download and see if it is good by md5 or shal to start.

Normally you boot to bios(uefi) and check that the usb (uefi capable) shows up as a hard drive choice.

When booting to a cd/dvd a boot screen option may allow you to select a legacy cd/dvd or a uefi optical drive.

Uefi is still a mix of not so standards.


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