Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 494000
Gray screen on boot with Fedora 11 LiveCD made on Fedora 9, 10
Last modified: 2013-01-10 00:08:41 EST
Description of problem: I cannot boot from a liveusb. I enter what should be the grub menu but actually is a bunch of concentric gray rings that looks like a bullseye. If I don't do anything this screen stays as is. If I touch the keyboard I get the outline box of a grub menu but no text is visible. If I press enter I am then prompted for a password. I tried my system password, "fedora," "guest", and a few others to see what would happen. Nothing happens.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): fedora-11-beta-livecd-iso
How reproducible: every time
Steps to Reproduce:
1. insert usb that has livecd Fedora11 Beta image
2. on Dell bios choose to boot form usb
3. boots into stalled screen
Actual results: see above.
Expected results: boot into livecd menu and be able to use the livecd
Additional info: i am using a dell optiplex with an ATI FireGl card (r300, I think). Nothing special.
Can you attach a picture of the screen you are stuck at? I don't know what screen you're talking about.
how do i do a screen capture of a boot sequence?
With a camera?
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the "grub menu" and password prompt
the backgourd box is by itself. when you press enter you are prompted to enter a password (foreground)
re: comment 3
man, that was a no-brainer, eh? i thought you might introduce me to some new pre-X-server screenshot capture technology. but hey, cameras work too.
as posted - download and reinstall syslinux after liveusb creator will solve this (checked with ver 3.7.4pre19)
i'm think this will be fixed in next version of liveusbcreator
Avalone - thanks for pointing that out. It looks very much like what the reporter here is seeing as well. Reassigning.
*** Bug 495402 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Will the fix be available before Fedora 11 general release, or should an updated syslinux be pushed to Fedora 9 and 10 to fix it that way? Otherwise, everyone using this nice GUI method to create Fedora 11 LiveUSB media from F9 or F10 will need to employ a manual workaround, which will need to be included in the release notes.
Luke -- you probably want to put in something like the bad hack I did in livecd-iso-to-disk.sh to basically copy over the menu files from the host system onto the usb stick as the com32 abi isn't stable apparently.
See commit 42233b2d2d6abb722d713e21cdac7d7895b0d623 in the livecd tools repo
this is just a dupe of 492370, where the fix is being worked on.
Fedora Bugzappers volunteer triage team
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 492370 ***
Not a dupe as this is liveusb-creator, not the livecd-iso-to-disk shell script distributed with livecd-tools. Eventually the two will hopefully be one and the same, but we're not there yet
eek, sorry, that'll teach me to bugzap with quarter of a brain awake...
Fedora Bugzappers volunteer triage team
*** Bug 496378 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Still a problem with liveusb-creator-3.6.3-1.fc9.noarch. Is there hope of getting this fixed before Fedora 9 is EOL, or should I just update the instructions (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_create_and_use_Live_USB) to tell people to use livecd-iso-to-disk and avoid liveusb-creator if they are trying to upgrade?
(The workaround at https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/ticket/585 doesn't work for F9 due to RPM checksum incompatibilities with Rawhide.)
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 11 development cycle.
Changing version to '11'.
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(In reply to comment #11)
> Luke -- you probably want to put in something like the bad hack I did in
> livecd-iso-to-disk.sh to basically copy over the menu files from the host
> system onto the usb stick as the com32 abi isn't stable apparently.
> See commit 42233b2d2d6abb722d713e21cdac7d7895b0d623 in the livecd tools repo
Thanks Jeremy, I ported your hack to the liveusb-creator.
https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/liveusb-creator-3.6.7-1.fc11 is on it's way to testing.
The bug report states that F11 live usbs cannot be created under Fedora 10 and 9. Please build the fixed liveusb-creator for these branches as well. TIA.
liveusb-creator-3.6.7-1.fc11 has been pushed to the Fedora 11 testing repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
If you want to test the update, you can install it with
su -c 'yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update liveusb-creator'. You can provide feedback for this update here: http://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/F11/FEDORA-2009-6344
Fedora 11 Live USBs created on Fedora 11 have always worked, so there is no way to test it. Please fix the bug in the branch it actually exists (I'm aware the release field was wrong at the beginning).
liveusb-creator-3.7-1.fc11 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 11.
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