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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:38 pm    Post subject: Unable to install Gentoo on server Reply with quote

I purchased a Dell PowerEdge 1950 to install Linux and learn.
I used a USB 3.0 and made it bootable using imageusb and got the following error when attempting to boot to the USB.
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Isolinux.bin corrupt or missing error

The server recognized the device but shot that error. I know it works because I have booted to the liveusb on another PC.
I then formatted the USB and tried using the DD command on another Linux machine and got the same error.
I then proceeded to think maybe it was the USB, so I changed to an older USB 2.0 using imageusb, rufus and dd command in a Linux VM I have on my laptop. All came to the same error when trying to boot to it.
I then thought maybe because the bios were outdated, so I updated the bios on the server. Still no success.
I then went ahead and downloaded Nero and burned the iso image on DVD and tried booting it off the DVD. I got this:
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Syslinux 3.86 EBIOS Copyright (C) 1994-2010 H> Peter Anvin et al
But still will not boot to the Gentoo.
I tried shutting bios controller off and then booting to the live DVD and got the isolinux.bin missing or corrupt error again.

I know they work because both USB's and the cd booted fine on another pc but this server will not boot to the live Gentoo.
Any ideas as to why or any help would be greatly appreciated.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to Gentoo :)

Your problem is discussed so many times nobody even wants to respond to this ...

Maybe this helps you get started: https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-865931-start-0.html

Or, alternatively, read The Gentoo Handbook before you start installing anything. Once you finish reading it you will realize you do not need Gentoo installation media.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Unable to install Gentoo on server Reply with quote

try cd.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaglover wrote:
Welcome to Gentoo :)

Your problem is discussed so many times nobody even wants to respond to this ...

Maybe this helps you get started: https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-865931-start-0.html

Or, alternatively, read The Gentoo Handbook before you start installing anything. Once you finish reading it you will realize you do not need Gentoo installation media.


I have read the forum link you provided.
I made a bootable SystemRescueCD live usb image yet I get the same error.

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"isolinux.bin missing or corrupt"


As far as CD goes, wouldn't DVD or CD be the same? Just that DVD has more storage, I know I am wasting away a DVD but I do not own CDs, which is why I went the DVD route.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may want to go into BIOS and experiment with "USB Flash Drive Emulation Type" setting. Maybe it is called something else by Dell.

Also, CMOS corruption is a possibility, you may want to reset it.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaglover wrote:
You may want to go into BIOS and experiment with "USB Flash Drive Emulation Type" setting. Maybe it is called something else by Dell.

Also, CMOS corruption is a possibility, you may want to reset it.


I went into the BIOS and saw that feature. The USB is listed as AUTO.
The only options it gave me were: Auto/ Floppy/ Hard Drive.
I changed it from Auto to Hard drive and it finally booted into the live image.

Thank you.
Out of curiosity, changing it from Auto to Hard drive will make the USB seem as an internal hard drive and with the BIOS controller on, BIOS would then recognize the USB as a hard drive and is able to boot off of it?
Another question, why wouldn't the BIOS controller still recognize it under AUTO?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gentoonewbie317 wrote:
As far as CD goes, wouldn't DVD or CD be the same? Just that DVD has more storage, I know I am wasting away a DVD but I do not own CDs, which is why I went the DVD route.
Yes it is basically the same technology with just the difference in the width of the holes burned on the optical medium. More or less the same just in case of neutrino bombardment from the sky a DVD would break more easily. Collateral damage from the alien wars.

Regarding you issue i have googled and found this: https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=174074
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Try changing the boot-priority in the BIOS setup, so the USB is actually mapped as the-first-drive-in-the-system rather than the-first-drive-to-try-when-booting.


Let me know if this is helpful. I have not the HW to check.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Another question, why wouldn't the BIOS controller still recognize it under AUTO?

This is a question for developers who wrote the BIOS code. With legacy boot there is MBR - master boot record - which contains executable code for loading the next stage. When BIOS is not cooperating the boot will halt.

Did you run isohybrid on the ISO image before you put it on USB?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

e3k wrote:
Regarding you issue i have googled and found this: https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=174074


I will try this out and let you know.

Jaglover wrote:
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Another question, why wouldn't the BIOS controller still recognize it under AUTO?

This is a question for developers who wrote the BIOS code. With legacy boot there is MBR - master boot record - which contains executable code for loading the next stage. When BIOS is not cooperating the boot will halt.

Did you run isohybrid on the ISO image before you put it on USB?


I have not tried this. I just grabbed the minimal image iso and placed it on the usb using imageusb.
I did not try running the isohybrid.
But changing the BIOS settings worked for the USB emulator type.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Installing SystemRescueCd on a USB stick. Following instructions pays off every now and then.
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