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Old 11-02-2019, 01:25 PM   #1
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Unhappy Invalid magic number when creating a mint 19.2 USB boot

I was using Linux Mint Cinnamon 17 installed as a dual boot along with Windows 10.
I decided to get rid of Windows all together since I don't use it anymore and I need to allow more memory to Cinnamon who sends me a warning for having low space available.
I created a USB boot with Cinnamon 19.2 and I was hoping to install it and change the memory allocation.
The boot sees the USB key and asks if I want to start with Cinnamon 19.2, but as soon as I hit enter I get :

- error: invalid magic number
- error: you need to load the kernel first

If I use my previous USB key (with Cinnamon 17) it works fine.

What am I doing wrong?

Old 11-02-2019, 06:05 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Lerouxphx View Post
- error: invalid magic number
When googling this error, most articles I found indicate that either your Live USB creation process went wrong, or your USB drive is unreliable. Try another drive.
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Old 11-13-2019, 05:13 AM   #3
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Thumbs up Problem Resolved - bad USB key !!!

Sorry for responding late.
I tried a different port, same thing, then I recreated the USB key using a different key (larger size as a matter of fact...) and BINGO! It works.
Thanks for your suggestion which made me think of using a different key.


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