Selected boot device failed (might be a cd/dvd drive issue)

Hi All,

I am not that good with computer (I am a biologist) but I have been using opensuse for a while and all the people in my lab use it (we have 6 computers working with opensuse 13.1 64).
I would greatly appreciate some help on the following issue.

For some reason I needed to make a fresh install of opensuse 13.1 64bit on a dell T3610 precision computer. This computer was already running with opensuse 13.1 but during the original install (using DVD) the user had made an error in the partitioning of the different hard-drives (mainly were to mount / and the size of the SWAP was too small) so we decided to reinstall opensuse 13.1.

The first surprise is that after downloading the iso file I could not generate the DVD using using K3b, which complained there was not empty media (but there was). Interestingly I noticed that if I would put a cd in the tray it would be automatically detected. But not DVDs (blank or with some data already written). I gave up after 30 min and tried to write my DVD with another computer (Actually it is also a dell T3610 with a smoothely running opensuse 13.1 64bit). And I got the same problem. no detection of my DVD…:’(. Then I tried with my own computer (opensuse 13.1 64 on hp workstation) and it worked!!!

After this long introduction (sorry) here is the core of the problem:
I inserted the install DVD in the CD/DVD tray and restarted my computer (the one on which I wanted to do the fresh install). When the computer rebooted I press F12 to access the bios, changed the boot order to boot first from cd/dvd and here bad surprise : “selected boot device failed”, press a key to reboot. This is where I am stuck. I do not have a big usb stick handy and I feel this should work. Any suggestion were to start. I checked my install dvd it is OK. Interestingly the same problem occur on my other Dell T3610 machine but not my HP workstation.

thanks in advance for any help!!!

David

Replace the DVD drive or try a smaller USB stick with the Live DVD for KDE

OK I will do (when I buy a usb stick…).
But how do you explain that

  1. originally I could install opensuse using the CD/DVD drive and now I can’t ?
  2. How come on a machine running with opensue 13.1, dvd are not automatically mounted but CDs are ?

thanks

David

CD/DVD drivers are ultra cheap devices and break all the time.The DVD is separate function from CD so you can have the CD part work and the DVD part not work. Think how complex mechanically these devices are and that they sell fro less the $30 and are made by the millions. It is a wonder they work at all LOL

Then again could be the software did not like the brand and maybe changing the backend programs would have helped. Don’t know since I can’t see over your shoulder.

davidus wrote:

>
> Hi All,
>
> I am not that good with computer (I am a biologist) but I have been
> using opensuse for a while and all the people in my lab use it (we have
> 6 computers working with opensuse 13.1 64).
> I would greatly appreciate some help on the following issue.
>
> For some reason I needed to make a fresh install of opensuse 13.1 64bit
> on a dell T3610 precision computer. This computer was already running
> with opensuse 13.1 but during the original install (using DVD) the user
> had made an error in the partitioning of the different hard-drives
> (mainly were to mount / and the size of the SWAP was too small) so we
> decided to reinstall opensuse 13.1.
>
> The first surprise is that after downloading the iso file I could not
> generate the DVD using using K3b, which complained there was not empty
> media (but there was). Interestingly I noticed that if I would put a cd
> in the tray it would be automatically detected. But not DVDs (blank or
> with some data already written). I gave up after 30 min and tried to
> write my DVD with another computer (Actually it is also a dell T3610
> with a smoothely running opensuse 13.1 64bit). And I got the same
> problem. no detection of my DVD…:’(. Then I tried with my own
> computer (opensuse 13.1 64 on hp workstation) and it worked!!!
>
> After this long introduction (sorry) here is the core of the problem:
> I inserted the install DVD in the CD/DVD tray and restarted my computer
> (the one on which I wanted to do the fresh install). When the computer
> rebooted I press F12 to access the bios, changed the boot order to boot
> first from cd/dvd and here bad surprise : “selected boot device failed”,
> press a key to reboot. This is where I am stuck. I do not have a big usb
> stick handy and I feel this should work. Any suggestion were to start. I
> checked my install dvd it is OK. Interestingly the same problem occur on
> my other Dell T3610 machine but not my HP workstation.
>

Could be an "operator error’ that just bit me trying to load up an old
clunker here. The 13.1 x86_64 image is too large - by just a bit - to fit
on a DVD+R RW disk but it will fit on a DVD-R disk or a DVD+R DL disk. When
I tried to burn a DVD-R RW blank on the old box, it told me that it needed
media inserted. The CD/DVD device would read a DVD-R burned on another
machine but it would not write it.

Moral of the tale: check the exact capabilities of the hardware - especially
the older stuff laying about :slight_smile:


Will Honea