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Re: Debian Live USB fails; bricks the USB stick




On Saturday 11 November 2017 13:23:24 Mike Kupfer wrote:

> Kent West wrote:
> > I walked away then and came back in a few minutes to find it had
> > finished, but didn't pay attention to any other messages, and then
> > tried booting it on another year-old Dell PC. It gave me the grub
> > menu, but then when I tried to boot Debian Live, I got an error
> > about an invalid magic number and a need to load a kernel first.
>
> I stumbled over something last night with the netinst installer and a
> Dell Latitude E7250 (which still had Windows on it).  I don't know if
> it's related to your problem, but in case it might be relevant, I
> thought I'd mention it.
>
> I was able to boot the installer from a thumbdrive, and it would get
> through a couple screens (e.g., locale), but then it would get no
> further, saying it couldn't find the "CDROM" (i.e., the thumb drive). 
> I eventually came across this text in the Installation Guide[1]:
>
>   On some UEFI systems, the firmware will reduce “boot” time by not
>   initialising the keyboard controller or USB hardware
>
> I booted the BIOS setup and changed the system from fast boot to
> "thorough" boot.  That fixed my problem.
>
> regards,
> mike
>
> [1]
> https://www.debian.org/releases/stable/amd64/ch03s06.html.en#disable-f
>ast-boot

Very good to know Mike, thank you.

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