USB Stick Install Drops to Manual Setup Program

I created a bootable USB Stick to install openSUSE 12.3.

After inserting the USB Stick, my Acer Aspire 1410 Core 2 Solo boots from the USB Stick and gives me these options:

openSUSE-12.3-DVD
Boot from Hard Disk

I let it boot from openSUSE-12.3-DVD. (Booting from the Hard Disk just gets me back to this menu since it will boot from the USB Stick.)

I get the “Starting…” message, then some console text, then the green progress bar at the bottom. (All good so far…) Before it completes, I get this message:

>>> Linuxrc v4.1.5 (Kernel 3.7.10-1.1-default) <<<

Could not find the openSUSE 12.3 Repository.
Activating manual setup program.

OK

I select OK, English OK, English OK, Start Installation, Start Installation or Update, Hard Disk, sdb1 (5.0 GB, vfat)…

This requester pops up:

Enter the source directory.

/ <— The default is /

I select OK.

No repository found.

I’m stuck. What should go here? Why isn’t having a problem finding the repository?

The ISO I put on the USB Stick was used to install openSUSE 12.3 on my desktop, though for the desktop I used the DVD method.

Thanks.

How did you put the iso on the USB stick?

I have installed from a DVD for several releases.

For 12.3, I used “dd_rescue” to copy the iso directly to the USB.

I think you used some other method of creating the USB, because you are describing a boot menu that I do not see.

You probably used a method that works for live media, but not for the DVD image. And whatever you did put the repos somewhere that the installer failed to find them.

My advice:

Use “dd_rescue” or “ImageWriter” to write the iso directly to the USB device.

When you get a boot screen, select “install”.

In general, I followed the instructions on this page:

https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Live_USB_stick

I looked at the instructions in this order:

3.1 Download DVD ISO
(I already had the openSUSE 12.3 ISO for the desktop install.)
3.2 Linux instructions
(This didn’t go anywhere since I’m supposed to skip using isohybrid. However, I did verify that I had syslinux on my desktop install.)
2.2.3 Put ISO on vfat partitioned USB stick or hard disk
(You’ll see from below how I prepped the USB Stick with vfat and then installed the ISO onto the USB Stick.)

Here’s how I created the USB Stick, from my notes:

Packages Needed:

syslinux
gpart
dosfstools
live-fat-stick

----- PREPPING AN 8 GB USB STICK
-----  1) CREATE TWO PARTITIONS, ONE FOR ISO, ONE FOR GENERAL USE
-----  2) CHANGE FILESYSTEM TYPE FROM LINUX TO W95 FAT32 (LBA)
-----  3) MAKE FIRST PARTITION BOOTABLE

# fdisk /dev/sdb
Welcome to fdisk (util-linux 2.21.2).

Changes will remain in memory only, until you decide to write them.
Be careful before using the write command.


Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/sdb: 7952 MB, 7952400384 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 966 cylinders, total 15532032 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000e552c

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System

Command (m for help): n
Partition type:
   p   primary (0 primary, 0 extended, 4 free)
   e   extended
Select (default p): 
Using default response p
Partition number (1-4, default 1): 
Using default value 1
First sector (2048-15532031, default 2048): 
Using default value 2048
Last sector, +sectors or +size{K,M,G} (2048-15532031, default 15532031): +5G
Partition 1 of type Linux and of size 5 GiB is set

Command (m for help): n
Partition type:
   p   primary (1 primary, 0 extended, 3 free)
   e   extended
Select (default p): 
Using default response p
Partition number (1-4, default 2): 
Using default value 2
First sector (10487808-15532031, default 10487808): 
Using default value 10487808
Last sector, +sectors or +size{K,M,G} (10487808-15532031, default 15532031): 
Using default value 15532031
Partition 2 of type Linux and of size 2.4 GiB is set

Command (m for help): 
Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/sdb: 7952 MB, 7952400384 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 966 cylinders, total 15532032 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000e552c

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1            2048    10487807     5242880   83  Linux
/dev/sdb2        10487808    15532031     2522112   83  Linux

Command (m for help): t
Partition number (1-4): 1
Hex code (type L to list codes): c
Changed system type of partition 1 to c (W95 FAT32 (LBA))

Command (m for help): t
Partition number (1-4): 2
Hex code (type L to list codes): c
Changed system type of partition 2 to c (W95 FAT32 (LBA))

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/sdb: 7952 MB, 7952400384 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 966 cylinders, total 15532032 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000e552c

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1            2048    10487807     5242880    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sdb2        10487808    15532031     2522112    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)

Command (m for help): a
Partition number (1-4): 1

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/sdb: 7952 MB, 7952400384 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 966 cylinders, total 15532032 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000e552c

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *        2048    10487807     5242880    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sdb2        10487808    15532031     2522112    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)

Command (m for help): w
The partition table has been altered!

Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.

WARNING: If you have created or modified any DOS 6.x
partitions, please see the fdisk manual page for additional
information.
Syncing disks.



----- FORMAT FILESYSTEMS

# mkdosfs -F 32 -I /dev/sdb1
mkdosfs 3.0.10 (12 Sep 2010)

# mkdosfs -F 32 -I /dev/sdb2
mkdosfs 3.0.10 (12 Sep 2010)




----- USE LIVE-FAT-STICK TO CREATE BOOTABLE ISO

# live-fat-stick -l
Here is the list of possible usb storage devices on your computer,
use the correct one, usually the one with a number at the end:
/dev/sdb1
/dev/sdb2
/dev/sdb

# live-fat-stick --suse Download/openSUSE-12.3-DVD-x86_64.iso /dev/sdb1
Please make sure the following information is correct:
iso name: openSUSE-12.3-DVD-x86_64.iso distro: suse stick device: /dev/sdb
stick uuid: /dev/disk/by-uuid/B363-6296 stick partition: 1
installing syslinux on /dev/sdb1
replacing mbr of /dev/sdb with syslinux mbr.bin
setting /dev/sdb partition 1 active
copying kernel and initrd from iso image to /dev/sdb1
creating menu entries
copying openSUSE-12.3-DVD-x86_64.iso to usb stick
sending incremental file list
openSUSE-12.3-DVD-x86_64.iso
cleaning up8  91%    9.59MB/s    0:00:41
Your bootable usb stick is now ready
have a lot of fun...

Looking over what I did, I was using a hybrid of the DVD ISO install and a LiveDVD ISO install. Huge mistake on my part.

I rethought through the reason why I had made two partitions in the first place and that was to allow a main openSUSE 12.3 ISO on one partition and the “Extras” on the second partition, as I had done so in the past with openSUSE 11.4. (The idea was to have one USB Stick that allowed for a complete install.)

These days, I’m installing the main openSUSE 12.3 ISO and then using the internet to complete the install, including installing the “Extras”.

I erased the two partitions on the USB Stick and used this:

dd if=openSUSE-12.3-DVD-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdb

where /dev/sdb was the USB Stick.

Consider this tread complete.

Thanks all!