USB installation of Fedora-17

Timothy Murphy gayleard at
Sat Jun 9 12:11:34 UTC 2012

Gilboa Davara wrote:

>>> 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).
> F17's  anaconda installer (or actually, the grub configuration
> builders) barfs on having the same kernel version on both F16 and F17,
> causing it to select the wrong kernel for F17 (3.3.7-1.fc16.x86_64).
> This in-order causes Fedora to oops during either startup or shutdown.
> In my cases, I encountered this bug on 10/11 machines I installed
> Fedora on (either new install w/ shared boot or [pre-]upgrade).
> I solved this problem by forcing grub to load the correct kernel
> during first-boot [1]. Once up, I rebuilt the grub configuration [2].

Thanks again.
That certainly sounds like what happened to me,
as grub seemed seriously confused between F16 and F17.

I still find grub2 difficult to configure,
and haven't found an entirely satisfactory HOWTO or similar document.

Timothy Murphy  
e-mail: gayleard /at/
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