Fedora 13 USB Install Drive – Live USB Creation

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Net tops are wiered things. They dont have CD/DVD Drives. Install Fedora 13 is the only way to use a USB Drive more than 4 GB. There are a set of tools for creating the fedora install drive. One way is install unetbootin and create a live USB drive. Other ways is to use the live cd tools.

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First you must want to download the Fedora DVD iso image .

The Methode is very simple.First Install the tools into your existing fedora system.

su -
yum install livecd-tools syslinux
mkdir /mnt/iso
mount -o loop <path to>/Fedora-13-i386-DVD.iso /mnt/iso
livecd-iso-to-disk --reset-mbr <path to>/Fedora-13-i386-DVD.iso /dev/sdb1

the last command should be livecd-iso-to-disk –reset-mbr <path to>/Fedora-13-i386-DVD.iso /dev/sdb1

This sdb is your current USB Drive Mounted into your system. In Fedora 11/12 it will mount automaticaly.

Now you must unmount and remount the usb stick (eg remove and reinsert)   copy  ‘images’ into USB and then copy the dvd iso image to the root dir (takes a long time).

mkdir /media/<usb disk>/images
cp /mnt/iso/images/install.img  /media/<usb disk>/images/
cp <path to>/Fedora-13-i386-DVD.iso /media/<usb disk>/

And that’s it. Boot from the usb stick and follow the instructions as usual but select Install Media from ‘Hard Drive’ and select the usb stick (probably /dev/sdb1) as the location of the image. You can enter ‘/’ for the directory or leave it blank.

Problem :

when booted from usb disk you will get

boot:
Could not find kernel image: linux
boot:
Could not find kernel image: linux

There is an easy solution…

type at the boot line the following

/isolinux/vmlinuz initrd=/isolinux/initrd.img

then hit enter”

it worked for me! 🙂

Always rememer the line …

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  2. Regarding the comment saying that after completing the process there was a grub prompt only – yes indeed and the reason is that grub was by default installed onto the mbr of the usbkey! When doing this method you need to stop and act when it gets to the part of the install where grub is installed. You have to swap the default partition from the usbkey to the HD and then ask the installer to put grub onto the MBR of the HD (usually /dev/sda or /dev/hda ) Often the key will be /dv/sdb which is the default. If you do that then after the install it will properly boot from the internal drive.

    You can fix this up after the install if you got it wrong but this means booting a livecd and then re-installing grub onto the mbr of the HD manually.

    Hope this helps

  3. men ! 

    works like a charm, just what i needed, i was getting the error about the image #1 missing
    but it works by copying the fedora DVD .iso to the usb root

    thanks !!!

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