Can't boot NetInstall

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amilopowers

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Hello

I tried to reinstall the system. Because I want to try KDE Plasma I downloaded the NetInstaller.

But the computer just won't boot from the USB drive. I wrote it with different methods and from a mac as well.

There do arrive files on the USB drive (see screenshot).

When I boot I choose "UEFI generic USB drive" (or so) and then it just gives me the regular choice to boot Trisquel or with advanced options.

Is there anybody who can help me?

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amilopowers

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Yes I have.

I tried:

-"dd"
-That guide: https://trisquel.info/en/wiki/using-netinstall-image-bootable-usb-drive
-unetbootin (on a Mac)
-"USB live creator" doesn't recognize the iso as an image...

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Make sure you've adjusted the BIOS to enable booting from a USBdisk; even if the installer makes the USB flashdrive bootable, in my experience it helps to mention something to the BIOS also.

amilopowers

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When I go into the boot settings is have "UEFI" enabled and I have just the USB drive as a boot option.

Then it throws me on every boot back into the settings page.

Magic Banana

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Did you ever manage to boot any live USB key from this computer?

amilopowers

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Yes when I installed Trisqel maybe a month ago... Weird.

What think you about the fact that the USB creator in Tisquel doesn't let me write the .iso file to the USB drive?

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can you use a cd or dvd on this computer?
also when you write a iso to a usb stick
can you boot it on another computer?

Magic Banana

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The USB key may be damaged. Can you try with another one?

amilopowers

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I will try another drive in the next days.

I don't have a DVD drive but my roommate has an external one...

All the other PCs in house are Macs... I'm not shure if they even can boot from suck a stick. But in theory it could work. They are all Intel.

Thank you for your advice!

amilopowers

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I tried it with another drive but it does the same thing. Nothing.

amilopowers

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I took two pictures of the settings and the boot window...

And I took a video to show that the USB-creator doesn't recognize the .iso file... https://www.u-cloud.ch/owncloud6/public.php?service=files&t=d8cd78585f05069293f73efcffb92448

PS: When I plug the drive into my mac disk utility says that there is no mount point...

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Magic Banana

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Try to disable UEFI boot.

amilopowers

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I just have given it another try with disabled UEFI.

Initially I was happy to see it acted different but I had no luck. Just an underline on a black screen appeared and continued to blink. I had a USB to Network adapter plugged in and the Internet works when running Tisquel...

amilopowers

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One more question: should it be possible to create a bootable USB with the system integrated "USB creator" or not? Because I can make one with the "belenos" .iso file but not with the "Trisquel NetInstall" one.

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I believe "USB creator" should be able to create a Netinstall. Never tried though. It may not be live (just an installer).

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1.Has your computer got a CD drive?
2.If it has, and a CD-RW-reading one at that, have you got a CD-RW lying around?
3. If so, problem (sort of) solved :)

Regarding https://trisquel.info/en/forum/cant-boot-netinstall#comment-66198 , I think NetInstall ISOs are a bit 'special' compared to the other ISOs (I think the netinstall is rooted to Debian whilst the other ISOs aren't - might be wrong, though) so the incompatibility is probably to be expected.

It's also been said that 'normal' LiveUSBs won't work with Macs. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-boot-a-linux-live-usb-stick-on-your-mac/ (I', not sure the software recommended there is free, though).

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Thanks to both of you.

I managed to boot the "belenos" .iso so my machine can boot from USB.

@davidnotcoulthard: It is actually a Asus Zenbook (UX31 I guess).

I am going to use an external USB drive now.... Thans to all of you!

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You mean CD drive?

amilopowers

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Yes, I am sorry.

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That works neither because that superdrive from apple won't run without drivers.

I can boot the disc on my old mac with an internal drive.... Maybe I will get a used drive for PC.