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Cannot boot from USB

Started by icyflame221, February 04, 2017, 12:45:08 AM

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Hey guys..  so I tried to boot this sparky distro, but I ran into this problem: Unable to find a medium containing a live file system

And here is what I've tried so far:

  • Boot from a different USB-stick
  • Boot different ISO
  • Creating the bootable stick using a different program 
  • Plugging the stick in a different port

Nothing helped. I am on a Asrock motherboard(UEFI)  running AMD fx6300. I would appreciate it if someone posts a solution here.



Did you check the md5/sha sum?
Did you turn the secure boot off?
Did the different iso boot ok?
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Hello, I have the same bug. Today I've downloaded LXDE Home distro to try it on my old Dell Latitude D500. MD5 Sum is Ok. Bootable USB was created with latest Universal USB Installer... Booting stops on the same point.

I have found, that another Debian-based distros had this problem too, but my experiences are so poor, to understand it...


have you tried to make usb bootable using another software?
inside windows you can use Rufus also i have find that Rufus did not function some times ago with arch iso.
hmmm. have you tried to burn iso in dvd ?


For transfering iso file to usb on a Linux system it is best to use the dd method from the commandline.


WARNING, the following instructions will destroy any existing data on your USB stick.

Determine what device your USB is.  With your USB plugged in run:

sudo ls -l /dev/disk/by-id/*usb*

This should produce output along the lines of:

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root  9 2010-03-15 22:54 /dev/disk/by-id/usb-_USB_DISK_2.0_077508380189-0:0 -> ../../sdb
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 2010-03-15 22:54 /dev/disk/by-id/usb-_USB_DISK_2.0_077508380189-0:0-part1 -> ../../sdb1

In this example output, the USB device is sdb

Now cd to where your *.iso is

cd ~/downloads


sudo dd if=filename.iso of=/dev/usbdevice bs=4M; sync

lets say the iso is named mini.iso and your USB device is sdb


sudo dd if=mini.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=4M; sync

NOTE - Be sure to understand that there is never a trailing number on the end of your /dev/sdx USB device
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I have again created the USB bootdisc with the latest version of Rufus.
To have full functional bootdisc, it was necessary to use DD method for transfer!

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