Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 598055
F13 x86_64 install from an external USB drive impossible
Last modified: 2010-11-19 18:18:17 EST
Description of problem:
Booting the F13 x86_64 install DVD from my *external USB DVD* drive. During this installprocedure, anaconda does not find an installmedia ("Press F2 to configure devices").
If I press F2, then anaconda presents 4 found additional devices:
sr0 (an existing ata DVD drive)
sr1 (an existing ata DVD drive)
sr2 (the external DVD drive I booted from)
Then I activate sr2 and press OK, but nothing happens. After going back, the above decribed prompt ("Press F2 to configure devices") is shown again, and so on.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Anaconda on the x86_64 install disk
I tried a lot of times with the same result
Steps to Reproduce:
Never ending prompting for the install device
1. I did not check the i386 DVD, but I guess, we will have the same behaviour.
2. I had exactly the same problems in earlier times when installing F12
3. Installation from both IDE DVD drives is done flawless
seems to be an old problem:
(In reply to comment #1)
> seems to be an old problem:
I think: even old problems should be solved too :-)
Please attach /tmp/anaconda.log and /tmp/syslog to this bug report. Thanks.
(In reply to comment #3)
> Please attach /tmp/anaconda.log and /tmp/syslog to this bug report. Thanks.
1. This is *not* possible because in this very early situation, there is no shell
in any of the virtual consoles (only output to these consoles,
no input possible).
2. I could solve the problem by editing the grub bootline of the DVD boot window:
changing stage2=hd.label="Fedora" into stage2=cd.label="Fedora". Then the
installation proceeds with the external USB dvd device. But how should a
newbie know this trick?
Is this a documented solution?
It was only an attempt I tried coincidentally (obviously successful).
*** Bug 598683 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
You can always take a picture of tty3 and tty4 and attach those to this report.
If adding "askmethod" to the kernel boot line (when booting from USB cd), then selecting "local cd drive" after having answered the language and keyboard question, the installation process proceeds as expected into the Xwindow based installation process.
Created attachment 434724 [details]
camera picture of tty4
Picture taken from tty4. Hope you can read it. The picture I made from tty3 in this situation is not readable.
Created attachment 434725 [details]
Picture taken from tty1
This same problem appears to be for a installation from a ISO image on a USB stick.
Create bootable USB installation stick
livecd-iso-to-disk Fedora-13-i386-netinst.iso /dev/sdX1
(I want to install from a local network source!)
Boot from it.
Go though installation procedure.
get message "Transferring image to device"
for a moment before you get error...
The installer has tried to mount image #1, but cannot find it on the hard drive.
Please copy this image to the drive and click Retry. Click Exit to abort the installation.
Pretty useless when you can't do what it suggests!
> The installer has tried to mount image #1, but cannot find it on the hard
> Please copy this image to the drive and click Retry. Click Exit to abort
> the installation.
> Pretty useless when you can't do what it suggests!
You can fix this by changing the kernel command line from repo=hd... to stage2=hd...
This has been fixed in the upstream version of livecd-iso-to-disk