blueberry: Could not find kernel image: linux

Asked by Robotech_Master

I am following the instructions to install SOAS on an 8gb Sandisk Cruzer USB 2.0 Flash Drive, using LiveUSB Creator 3.9 and soas-2-blueberry.iso.

The writing process seems to work, but when I reboot my desktop with it, I get the following error message:

SYSLINUX 3.63 2008-04-10 CBIOS Copyright (C) 1994-2008 H. Peter Anvin
Could not find kernel image: linux
boot: _

I've tried it multiple times, with both LiveUSB Creator 3.9 and LiveUSB Creator 2.2. I have tried formatting the stick first. Nothing works.

Can someone please help?

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James Cameron (quozl) said :
#1

Seems like a common problem.

It has been answered in other places; please try these:

https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/ticket/58 (try with a 4GB drive
formatted on FAT16, or check the 8GB USB you have on another system).

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/error-could-not-find-kernel-image-linux/
(usually means syslinux.cfg is missing, they give a method to resolve).

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/usb-creator/+bug/290154
(refers to it possibly being a flaw in USB Creator.

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Robotech_Master (robotech) said :
#2

Of the three suggestions you offered:

1) isn't feasible. I don't have any other USB drives, and I don't have another system that will boot from USB. My other computer is a laptop too old to boot from USB, and when I try starting it with the boot helper CD it complains "unable to find root filesystem; sleeping forever."

2) I tried copying EFI/isolinux.cfg over to a file named syslinux.cfg. No dice. I tried copying the entire contents of the syslinux folder to the root directory, as worked for someone else. No dice. One of the suggestions is to edit syslinux.cfg and make sure the paths for kernel and such point to the right places--but I don't KNOW what the right places are!

3) I get the same error message when I use unetbootin 3.77 to make the USB stick image.

I used pendrivelinux's Ubuntu USB installer to put Ubuntu 9.10 on the same drive. Got the same error.

This is really frustrating.

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James Cameron (quozl) said :
#3

Then this looks like either a hardware problem, or a problem with the
USB creator software you used, or a combination of both.

I hope someone else might have an idea. I've run out.

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James Cameron
http://quozl.linux.org.au/

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Robotech_Master (robotech) said :
#4

I managed to install a Sugar partition onto a 2 GB MMC card in a USB reader. It booted, though it gave a bunch of errors between boot screens and eventually froze up when I downloaded an article in infoslicer.

Is 8gb really too big to use as a Linux bootable thumb drive? I wonder if it could be partitioned and a smaller partition formatted as FAT.

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MartinDengler (mtd) said :
#5

The size of the device doesn't seem too relevant, and as long as the
filesystem is understood by the bootloader, that doesn't matter...

On 8 Dec 2009, at 07:46, Robotech_Master <<email address hidden>
 > wrote:

> Question #93281 on Sugar on a Stick changed:
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> Robotech_Master posted a new comment:
> I managed to install a Sugar partition onto a 2 GB MMC card in a USB
> reader. It booted, though it gave a bunch of errors between boot
> screens
> and eventually froze up when I downloaded an article in infoslicer.
>
> Is 8gb really too big to use as a Linux bootable thumb drive? I wonder
> if it could be partitioned and a smaller partition formatted as FAT.
>
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J Bohmann (jabakdb) said :
#6

I have a Compaq Presario 2100. Soas blueberry boots from USB flash (slowly but OK) with the boot helper CD.
After installing SoaS blueberry with zyx-?installer from USB flash to my hard drive, i found that booting from the hd gave me a grub Error 15 (and other text) . Booting my machine from a rescue CD, I inspected /boot. It seems that zyx-installer wrote a grub.conf with entries for the fc11 kernel, but the image file and initrd were for fc12. No fc11 files there.

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