USB installation of Fedora-17

Timothy Murphy gayleard at
Tue Jun 5 12:03:55 UTC 2012

Gilboa Davara wrote:

>>>> I started by dd-ing the DVD iso onto the single partition /dev/sdb1
>>>> on the stick.
>>>> For some reason this did not boot,
>>>> so I deleted the partition (with fdisk)
>>>> and dd-ed the iso onto /dev/sdb .
>>>> Maybe that was my error?

>> Just to be clear.
>> When I removed /dev/sdb1 (with fdisk) on the USB stick,
>> and dd-ed to /dev/sdb exactly as you suggest,
>> the laptop did boot and I was able to install on my laptop
>> but the resulting system had only half-a-dozen modules installed
>> (according to lsmod).
>> I'm pretty sure the failure had something to do with grub2.
>> I chose the custom layout, incidentally,
>> as I wanted to keep Fedora-16 on another partition.
> I think I know what happened.
> Are you sharing boot between F16 and F17 by any chance [1]?

I am.
I chose custom layout, and gave /dev/sda2 as /boot,
without formatting it.

Basically, I hoped that this would allow me to run Fedora-16
(which I kept on a different partition)
as an alternative to Fedora-17.

In fact, when I installed Fedora-17 with netinstall
everything worked fine, and I can boot into F-16 or F-17 or Windows,
as hoped.

What exactly was my error with the USB stick method?
As I mentioned I had the same problem with the DVD iso
and with the KDE Live CD (both transferred to the USB stick).

Timothy Murphy  
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