Solved Acer Aspire One won't Boot Fedora 15 via USB

August 20, 2011 at 00:55:16
Specs: Fedora 15, Intel Atom N455 1.67Ghz
I'm trying to install Fedora 15 on my netbook in hopes that I will see improved performance.

I've done the following...
>> used Unetbootin to transfer the disc image to my 8gig USB Stick
>> set boot priority for USB through BIOS
>> attempted to boot from USB and reached black screen
>> used Live USB Creator to transfer the disc image to my USB Stick
>> attempted to boot from USB and reached black screen
>> tested the USB on my desktop computer, brings up Fedora options just fine

Now, the black screen I mentioned is ... just a black screen with a blinking prompt. It's not even a prompt, it's just a blinking white underscore. That's it.
Just before the black screen, there is a line of text at the top with copyright info for half a second.

Maybe I have the wrong image for my netbook?
I'm using: Fedora-15-i686-Live-Desktop.iso

This particular Aspire Netbook is using the Intel Atom Processor: N455

Currently running Windows 7 Starter


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#1
August 20, 2011 at 10:56:06
Do compete power off. Insert usb flash drive and power up to bios. Look under hard drive selection and see if the usb now shows as a hard drive. Move it up to first choice then install. Later you may need to fix grub.

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#2
August 20, 2011 at 12:14:49
Followed you instructions... The USB shows up as USB (not USB HDD).

I read elsewhere that Acer BIOS has issues with syslinux and wont boot anything other than Windows.

I get the syslinux copyright message (when booting from usb) and then it just hangs...

I also tried updating to the latest verson of syslinux 4.4?? and still no progress...


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#3
August 20, 2011 at 22:53:52
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Very old systems don't like syslinux but newer ones do fine with it.

I would begin to suspect the usb. Not all usb devices work. HP has a tool to try to fix some and it works. I think there is also a flip bit app to change some back to hard drive.

I'd buy a new flash drive that is sold as bootable. It should show as a hard drive.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#4
August 21, 2011 at 00:38:18
Hey

Just want to let you know that the USB Key was not bootable and with a format through Diskpart as well as configuring with the HP Tool, the problem was solved.

My Acer Aspire One has booted Fedora 15.

Thanks for your help, it's much appreciated!


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#5
August 21, 2011 at 14:07:17
Thanks for the reply that you have it working.

Whooohooo!!

I got a best answer. Nananananaannaa

god I am so childish.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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