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asked 2011-11-15 15:59:53 -0500

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Hi, I am new to Fedora, so apologies for this simple question but I am getting frustrated with the very basics of the installation.

I downloaded the fedora DVD iso (Fedora-16-i686-Live-Desktop.iso) and created a live usb install using liveusb-creator (3.11.6). This allows me to boot into a linux environment directly from the USB but I wanted the installation on my hard drive, so I ran the 'Install to Hard Drive' application. This sucessfully loaded. I used the automatic partitrion recommendations and asked the bootloader to be installed on /dev/sda. So far, so good! Just needed to reboot to start my new system! However, the computer restarts and issues the warning 'No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key'.

What am I doing wrong? This is the only OS I want to install on my old Intel Duo Core laptop. I have a 160GB HD and 2MB RAM, so the hardware should be plenty. The HD is showing as healthy when I examine it from within Fedora USB system and using SystemRescueCD.

Much appreciation to anyone who can point me in the correct direction.

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answered 2011-11-15 16:47:53 -0500

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here is the output you asked for. I am not sure what it is telling me.

[liveuser@localhost ~]$ su -c 'blkid' /dev/loop0: TYPE="squashfs" /dev/loop1: TYPE="DMsnapshotcow" /dev/loop2: TYPE="squashfs" /dev/loop3: LABEL="Fedora-16-i686-" UUID="c99f1bac-dc78-4182-9b0d-09a37acb9075" TYPE="ext4" /dev/loop4: TYPE="DMsnapshotcow" /dev/sda2: UUID="79a52f19-ca3c-4e53-8072-f85ea709eed3" TYPE="ext4" /dev/sda3: UUID="4edfefd4-8753-4bcb-a46b-73be7e726dfb" TYPE="swap" /dev/sda4: LABEL="Fedora-16-i686-" UUID="19ce444a-b09f-476e-b060-730286754708" TYPE="ext4" /dev/sda5: UUID="09cee28c-abdb-45c1-b1f6-200b3f6521cd" TYPE="ext4" /dev/sdb1: LABEL="LIVE" UUID="7220-002D" TYPE="vfat" /dev/mapper/live-rw: LABEL="Fedora-16-i686-" UUID="c99f1bac-dc78-4182-9b0d-09a37acb9075" TYPE="ext4" /dev/mapper/live-osimg-min: LABEL="Fedora-16-i686-" UUID="c99f1bac-dc78-4182-9b0d-09a37acb9075" TYPE="ext4" [liveuser@localhost ~]$

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ok, that is showing that the live is sdb as it should be. When you installed were there any errors from the bootloader step?

nirik gravatar imagenirik ( 2011-11-15 22:55:13 -0500 )edit

ok, that is showing that the live is sdb as it should be.

nirik gravatar imagenirik ( 2011-11-15 22:55:13 -0500 )edit
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answered 2011-11-16 06:15:44 -0500

lon521 gravatar image

I have checked and rechecked and done several installs but am still unable to get the bootloaded on to the hard drive. I have installed several Linux distros in the past but the Fedora one is giving me a lot of trouble over what should be a very simple task.

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answered 2011-11-20 12:44:36 -0500

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This might be related by your hardware not really supporting the new gpt disc format. I just seen this with some crappy Acer hardware.

This is the easiest solution:

boot the live CD until you reach the menu "install Fedora 16" and "Troubleshooting" with the 10 second countdown.

Select troubleshooting, then select tab and you will see a long string of boot options, now just add a space and nogpt

then enter boot the system with this option and install as you like.

It will not use the new gpt disk option and will get you up and running again.

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answered 2011-11-15 16:34:08 -0500

When you are booted into the live env, can you do a 'su -c blkid' in a terminal and see if the installed Fedora is on /dev/sdaN or /dev/sdbN.

It may be that your computer is putting the bootloader on the wrong drive.

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answered 2011-11-16 06:19:45 -0500

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the bootloader gave me the option to place it on /dev/sda, which I took. Is that correct?

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