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    Default Leap-42.3 - USB drive problems

    1. I have prior experience installing ISO files to a USB drive. I am following the instructions on the OpenSUSE page. Currently installed system is Kubuntu 17.04, which I don't seem to care for. I want to switch back to using OpenSUSE, since it's much better, IMHO.

    2. I have downloaded the following files:
    openSUSE-Leap-42.3-DVD-x86_64.iso
    openSUSE-Leap-42.3-DVD-x86_64.iso.sha256
    openSUSE-Leap-42.3-NET-x86_64.iso
    openSUSE-Leap-42.3-NET-x86_64.iso.sha256


    3. Both downloaded ISO files verify as OK.

    4. I used dd to install each to a separate USB drive using:
    dd if=/usr/local/Files:_ISO/openSUSE-Leap-42.3-DVD-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdc1 bs=4M status=progress
    and
    dd if=/usr/local/Files:_ISO/openSUSE-Leap-42.3-NET-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdc1 bs=4M status=progress

    5. Install on the USB drives went slowly, but finished ok.

    6. Problems - when I try to boot using using either, the system hangs with:
    openSUSE-Leap-42.3-DVD-x86_64.iso: Prints this error message in upper-left corner of screen:
    Code:
    Missing OperatV2.0system
    This is strange since I can mount and see the files got installed on the USB drive.

    openSUSE-Leap-42.3-NET-x86_64.iso: Prints TWO flashing underbar symbols on the LOWER-left corner of the screen.



    I've reformatted them several times, enabled the boot flag, and reinstalled using dd again. Still, the same exact problems are repeated.

    Is there a way to verify the files as installed on the USB drives?

    How can I go about diagnosing why I'm having these problems with the two USB drives? The drive with the DVD iso is newly purchased, the one with the NET iso is 2 years old, albeit has been reliable.

    Any fix?
    AMD Ryzen 3 1200 Quad-core Processor, 32MB memory, KDE
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    Default Re: Leap-42.3 - USB drive problems

    Quote Originally Posted by rwbehne1 View Post
    4. I used dd to install each to a separate USB drive using:
    dd if=/usr/local/Files:_ISO/openSUSE-Leap-42.3-DVD-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdc1 bs=4M status=progress
    and
    dd if=/usr/local/Files:_ISO/openSUSE-Leap-42.3-NET-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdc1 bs=4M status=progress
    You need to write it to the device directly, not to the first partition.
    I.e. these commands should give you a bootable USB drive:
    Code:
    dd if=/usr/local/Files:_ISO/openSUSE-Leap-42.3-DVD-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=4M status=progress
    dd if=/usr/local/Files:_ISO/openSUSE-Leap-42.3-NET-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=4M status=progress

    I've reformatted them several times, enabled the boot flag, and reinstalled using dd again.
    There's not much point in reformatting or modifying the boot flag before writing the image, as that will overwrite *everything* on the drive anyway (if you do it correctly ).
    Last edited by wolfi323; 21-Sep-2017 at 05:49.

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    Default Re: Leap-42.3 - USB drive problems

    Ah, that's it!

    As many times as I have done this in the [distant] past, I don't know how I managed to do that. It must be sleep deprivation.

    Thanks!
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