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can't boot SolydK from USB

Posted: 30 Dec 2018 22:49
by dolphin
Hello,

I have a new PC with UEFI and a SSD with Windows10. I made a bootable USB drive with Unetbootin but I can't boot from it. The PC keeps starting Windows. The weird thing is: a few days ago, I did the same with Mageia and that worked! I have disabled fast boot in Windows and also disabled secure boot in the BIOS menu. That was enough to make Mageia work but not for SolydK. So, I also disabled CSM in the boot menu but that didn't help.
"Deleted User 2764" suggested ( viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5218&p=50090&hilit= ... db2#p50090 ) that one should enable legacy boot in the BIOS menu, but my BIOS doesn't have such an option.
Does someone have a better idea?

Thanks!

My PC: Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO motherboard 3,5 GHz processor, 500GB SSD.

Re: can't boot SolydK from USB

Posted: 31 Dec 2018 07:24
by Arjen Balfoort
Try to make a bootable USB with dd:

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sudo dd if=~/solydk_9_64_201806.iso of=/dev/sdx bs=64k oflag=dsync status=progress

Re: can't boot SolydK from USB

Posted: 31 Dec 2018 18:27
by ilu
Can you open the computers boot menu (usually F11 or F12 or maybe F8) ? Does the pen drive show up there? Mageia? SolydXK? My last install candidate needed to use one specific USB slot only.
SolydXK can boot without csm (compatibility support module, i.e. efi only mode), so csm off should work.
I'm usually creating my pen drives with Arjens USB creator. This has always worked. Most times I needed to poke around the UEFI some more.

Re: can't boot SolydK from USB

Posted: 31 Dec 2018 20:49
by dolphin
Arjen Balfoort wrote:
31 Dec 2018 07:24
Try to make a bootable USB with dd:

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sudo dd if=~/solydk_9_64_201806.iso of=/dev/sdx bs=64k oflag=dsync status=progress
I can't do that, I only have Windows on my PC.

Re: can't boot SolydK from USB

Posted: 31 Dec 2018 20:52
by dolphin
ilu wrote:
31 Dec 2018 18:27
Can you open the computers boot menu (usually F11 or F12 or maybe F8) ? Does the pen drive show up there? Mageia? SolydXK? My last install candidate needed to use one specific USB slot only.
SolydXK can boot without csm (compatibility support module, i.e. efi only mode), so csm off should work.
I'm usually creating my pen drives with Arjens USB creator. This has always worked. Most times I needed to poke around the UEFI some more.
what is Arjens USB creator? where can I find it? I read somewhere that maybe using a different program instead of Unetbootin might help? Rufus maybe?

Re: can't boot SolydK from USB

Posted: 31 Dec 2018 20:54
by nuts2u
If you only have Windows on your pc download Rufus. That is the best program to create usbs with, but it is a Windows only program.

Re: can't boot SolydK from USB

Posted: 02 Jan 2019 03:42
by ilu
dolphin: Arjens USB creator is Linux only, you can find a debian package here https://repository.solydxk.com/pool/main/u/usb-creator/. Here is the source code: https://github.com/SolydXK/usb-creator

Re: can't boot SolydK from USB

Posted: 03 Jan 2019 00:55
by dolphin
I have made progress: I downloaded win32 disk imager and used that to remake a bootable USB drive. Now I can boot from that but there are new problems:
1. the boot menu is only displayed for about 2 seconds which is too short to read it and make a decision. (Arjen: can you change that please?) Which option should I choose?
2. after booting automatically (option 1) half a screen full of error messages are displayed. (I can't read them because they are only visible for a second or so) Is this normal?
3. a few moments later, the Solydk logo is displayed with again a lot of error messages.
4. after this I get the SolydK desktop but in low-res (I have a 24 inch monitor).

So, can I install SolydK now or is something wrong?

thanks,