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10th August 2010, 06:05 PM
I've used Fedora Live USB creator to create a Sugar-on-a-disk live Media as well as a Live KDE from the Fedora-13-i686-Live-KDE and SOAS respectively.
I also used diskpart to ensure that the USB's partition is active. However, on both occasions (SoaS and KDE) I recieved an error message while booting
no root device found
boot has failed, sleeping forever
How do I fix this?
10th August 2010, 07:19 PM
You used what version of the live usb creator and on what operating system did you run it?
Your best chance of sucess is to create the liveusb using the latest version, one that is current with Fedora 13. You can even boot a Fedora 13 live cd and inside the LiveOS directory there is a script called livecd-iso-to-disk that you can run to make a live usb.
11th August 2010, 06:53 PM
I used the latest live USB creator, the one that was ymmed yesterday. I'm working on Fedora 13 and I used the latest Sugar-on-a-stick and Fedora Live 13 to do all that.
Everything was downloaded between Sunday and today (wednesday)
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Maybe I must try the script livecd-iso-to-disk. Just thought the liveusb creator is such a cool tool.
12th August 2010, 08:55 PM
unetbootin has never failed me yet. If it's available in the Fedora repos i'd recommend giving it a try. Sorry I can't help with your specific question.
20th August 2010, 09:10 AM
I have almost the same problem with F13 and my USB key.
I have downloaded F13 x86_64 (Gnome) yesterday and copied it onto my 8GB USB key. As I'm running Gentoo as my main distribution, here's what I did:
mount -o loop <Fedora ISO image>
copy the ISO image content to the second partition of my USB key, /dev/sdb2
rename ./isolinux/ to ./extlinux/
rename isolinux.cfg to extlinux.conf
Why /dev/sdb2? Windows doesn't seem to recognize more than one partition on USB keys. So /dev/sdb1 is FAT for universal transfers between Windows, Mac and Linux machines, while /dev/sdb2 is reserved for booting with the key and is formatted with ext2. I have overwritten the MBR with syslinux's mbr.bin (as I usually do with extlinux) and installed extlinux in ./extlinux.
So far, the splash screen appears and Fedora *does* boot. But it then halts in the middle of the process, saying «Boot failed. Sleeping forever».
I'm not sure but I think Fedora doesn't seem to accept booting from the second partition. Is there anything I can do or check? No message appears on the console and it's very hard to guess actually.
[EDIT: The problem is solved. I forgot to label the partition with the appropriate text, which is Fedora-13-x86_64 -- Fedora-13-x86_64-Live was too long so I edited the lines with live:CDLABEL= in extlinux.conf accordingly. ]
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