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Burning ISO to USB and booting problems

Post by gryph » Sat May 18, 2019 12:45 am

This morning I tried to install Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.1 64bit on my Acer Aspire 3 laptop. I followed to guide on this website:

https://linuxmint-installation-guide.re ... en/latest/

The download went well and I successfully verified the ISO by following the rules as given in these two links:

https://linuxmint.com/verify.php
viewtopic.php?f=42&t=291093

Next, I downloaded Etcher in order to make a bootable USB. Here's where the probelms arose. After the ISO was mounted on the USB via Etcher, once finished I got the message that there is 1 Failed device (or something like that). I tried this with two different USBs (both over 8GB with nothing else taking up space) and I got the same message. Now it says that the USBs have 2.28 MB of space!

Nevertheless, I tried to run the installation just in case it would work. I suspect that the following is not related to a potential failed moutning of the ISO on my USB, but when I restarted my Windows 10 laptop and entered BIOS (pressed F2 upon restart), I couldn't find an option to boot from a USB.

So, what am I doing wrong with Etcher? And, once I successfully mount the ISO on a USB (hopefully with your help), how do I boot from a USB on my Acer laptop in order to install Linux Mint?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Burning ISO to USB and booting problems

Post by Mute Ant » Sat May 18, 2019 1:56 am

'...Now it says that the USBs have 2.28 MB of space...' This might be a symptom of the flash-store becoming logically detached from the USB controller in the stick, so all that's left is the RAM buffer.

o Are you sure these sticks are genuine?

o Will the sticks format in another OS?

'...mount the ISO on a USB...' Not quite. You are using Etcher to write the ISO into the USB store... 'mount' is quite different.
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Re: Burning ISO to USB and booting problems

Post by gryph » Sat May 18, 2019 6:27 am

Mute Ant wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 1:56 am
'...Now it says that the USBs have 2.28 MB of space...' This might be a symptom of the flash-store becoming logically detached from the USB controller in the stick, so all that's left is the RAM buffer.

o Are you sure these sticks are genuine?

o Will the sticks format in another OS?
I have used one of the sticks for years and never had any issues. The other stick is one I bought several months ago, and likewise, I've never had a single problem. The older USB is formatted to NTFS, while the other is FAT. Perhaps I should format the one from FAT into NTFS too? But, if the NTFS format was the solution, then why did the NTFS formatted USB didn't work either? The thing is, the indicated memory/size of the USBs was always displayed as the one they should have. The 2.28 MB size was shown only after I wrote the ISO using Etcher.
Mute Ant wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 1:56 am
'...mount the ISO on a USB...' Not quite. You are using Etcher to write the ISO into the USB store... 'mount' is quite different.
I meant I used Etcher to write the ISO, not mount it. My bad, I mixed the terms...

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Re: Burning ISO to USB and booting problems

Post by phd21 » Sat May 18, 2019 11:58 am

Hi gryph,

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

It would help to know more about your system setup. If you run "inxi -Fxzd" and "lsusb" from the console terminal prompt, highlight the results, copy and paste them back here, that should provide enough information.

Are you trying to burn the iso file to a USB stick using Etcher in MS Win 10 or Linux Mint?

There are many applications to create bootable USB sticks from .iso files in MS Windows, Linux, Mac, etc... If "Etcher" is not functioning the way you want, try "unetbootin", "rufus" (MS Win only), multibootusb, etc...

UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads
https://unetbootin.github.io/

MultiBootUSB
http://multibootusb.org/

Rufus
https://rufus.ie/


You might also want to make sure that your Ms Windows was shutdown completely with fastboot disabled, no sleep or hibernation either.

There should be some key or key combination you can use while powering on your computer to get to its "boot menu" options which is different depending upon the computer. Also, most computer's Bios will have boot priority options where you can set which device to check and then boot to, like USB drive, then hard drive, or DVD, etc...
Booting to the Boot Menu and BIOS
Manufacturer Models Boot Menu Key
Acer Aspire One zg5, zg8, Aspire Timeline F12
Acer Aspire v3, v5, v7 F12 ("F12 Boot Menu" must be enabled in BIOS)
Acer Esc, F2, F12
Hope this helps ...
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Re: Burning ISO to USB and booting problems

Post by gryph » Sat May 18, 2019 9:29 pm

phd21 wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 11:58 am
It would help to know more about your system setup. If you run "inxi -Fxzd" and "lsusb" from the console terminal prompt, highlight the results, copy and paste them back here, that should provide enough information.
I am far from a computer expert, and I haven't used the command terminal prompt very often. Excuse the potentially stupid question, but are these commands for a Windows?
phd21 wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 11:58 am
Are you trying to burn the iso file to a USB stick using Etcher in MS Win 10 or Linux Mint?
I am currently using a Windows 10 64 bit. So, I tried to write the ISO via Etcher on a Win 10.
phd21 wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 11:58 am
There are many applications to create bootable USB sticks from .iso files in MS Windows, Linux, Mac, etc... If "Etcher" is not functioning the way you want, try "unetbootin", "rufus" (MS Win only), multibootusb, etc...

UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads
https://unetbootin.github.io/

MultiBootUSB
http://multibootusb.org/

Rufus
https://rufus.ie/
I guess I'll have to try one of these alternatives. Etcher is really simple to use, but unfortunately it didn't get the job done...

phd21 wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 11:58 am
You might also want to make sure that your Ms Windows was shutdown completely with fastboot disabled, no sleep or hibernation either.
Yes, Windows was shutdown prior to what I did.

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Re: Burning ISO to USB and booting problems

Post by phd21 » Sat May 18, 2019 11:53 pm

Hi gryph,

The commands are Linux commands that could be run from the console terminal when you boot to the live installation version of Linux Mint or from a fully installed version of Linux Mint.

Definitely try one or more of the other USB stick creator applications.

Keep us posted on your progress...
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Re: Burning ISO to USB and booting problems

Post by pbear » Sun May 19, 2019 12:16 pm

Hey Gryph. FWIW, I've found Rufus to be more reliable than Etcher in Windows, so definitely give that a try. Link in pdh21's post above.
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Re: Burning ISO to USB and booting problems

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Sun May 19, 2019 12:47 pm

If your "burning" from a win 10 machine, the easiest burner ive found for that venue is "CDburnerXP"...very easy, quick, and painless to use...DAMIEN
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Re: Burning ISO to USB and booting problems

Post by Mute Ant » Sun May 19, 2019 4:18 pm

My favourite ISO at any time gets burned to DVD-R at a tiny cost. Burning an optical disk has been a normal procedure since 1995 and any OS is well practiced at this. It's not the fastest way to boot a new OS, but it's a very reliable way.
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