usb-creator creates broken install usb sticks

Bug #882343 reported by Vany on 2011-10-27
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
casper (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

i try to install 11.10 i386 desktop from usb flash. i have one installation from cd-rom and use usb-creator with same .iso file that i booted and installed this installation of 11.10. usb creator does something, asks password for erasing flash and for installing boot code, and says that all is done.

i try to boot from this flash drive. i choose to boot from usb drive and it start boots.

i have some time starring at red/white dots and it throws me to busybox with report, that it can't found live media, also, if i press ESC during starring at dots - i can see this repeating message: can't open /dev/sdb no medium found.

i try to investigate this problem, but got nothing. also, a want to say, that my bios has not any tunable parameters instead of password for booting =) i can't disable cdrom or change ahci/sata or anything =)
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu3
Architecture: amd64
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Release amd64 (20111012)
NonfreeKernelModules: fglrx
Package: usb-creator (not installed)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-12.20-generic 3.0.4
Tags: oneiric running-unity
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-12-generic x86_64
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
UserGroups: adm admin cdrom dialout lpadmin plugdev sambashare

Da Shroom (9n-georgm-bc) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report, could the reporter please run the following in a terminal

apport-collect 882343

apport information

tags: added: apport-collected oneiric running-unity
description: updated

apport information

apport information

Vany (ivan-serezhkin) wrote :

this information about lenovo notebook, where i create usb stick for my other notebook.

Da Shroom (9n-georgm-bc) on 2011-10-27
Changed in usb-creator (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Da Shroom (9n-georgm-bc) wrote :

I have confirmed this due to added information, but could you try

sudo apt-get purge usb-creator

and then

sudo apt-get install usb-creator

In a terminal and then retry the creation.
If this still fails, install UNetBootIn and try it from there to test your ISO

Vany (ivan-serezhkin) wrote :

same story with unetbootin.
Please move this bugreport to proper place.

also i found way to boot it:
when it tryes to detect cdrom or usb stick - remove stick and insert it into another port.
all works with this dance =)

Da Shroom (9n-georgm-bc) on 2011-10-27
affects: usb-creator (Ubuntu) → ubuntu
Da Shroom (9n-georgm-bc) wrote :

Thanks for your effort with helping us to resolve this issue. Do you have an external CD drive, if so could you burn the ISO to a CD and try it in that, if not, don't panic :-).

Glad to see that you've found a workaround, hope you enjoy Ubuntu on your laptop

Vany (ivan-serezhkin) wrote :

I have only blank dvds.
will it lead to obtaining same information as boot from cd ?

Also .. where can i get checksumms for official release of 11.10 ? i want to compare it =)
also there is no md5 in the distributive... but sha 256 is here:
31d5254e83457dfe7b46e6c2553b27b41e6e942122edb2b2ff5c3e9a82ad3256 Downloads/ubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso

Da Shroom (9n-georgm-bc) wrote :

The checksums are in the downloads box in this page.

And boot from dvd is fine.

Thanks again for your help.

Da Shroom (9n-georgm-bc) on 2011-10-28
Changed in ubiquity:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in ubuntu:
status: Confirmed → New
Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Invalid
Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2012-10-16
affects: ubiquity → casper (Ubuntu)
no longer affects: ubuntu
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