Is Etcher Suitable for Creating Install USB?

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  • Forrest Smith

    Etcher should work. You'd need to download the 64bit .bin image and then point Etcher at it, plain and simple.
    Your machine may prompt you to format the device AFTER the imaging event completes- make sure not to do that.

  • Steven Farber

    Hi Forrest,

    I've repeated the exercise under the same conditions listed above and all I get is a blinking cursor in the upper left of the screen. I directed the machine to the specific device to boot from using the F12 button and still no joy.

    I have used the 64-bit version every time. As far as I know, from using the machine under Linuxmint 19, my hardware is in perfect condition.

    I don't understand how a specifically recommended device, as mine is, can be so diffcult to get started.

     

  • Forrest Smith

    If you see a blinking cursor then I think you're on the right track

     

    Note that the V5-122p is certified and has special install notes you should follow:

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1UsvzixEHB36CnH6jPLvZenuLEXhc273S0-sXanVlqT8/preview?slide=id.ga9588ab56_131

     

    Have you done things according tot hose specific instructions?

    Are you confident you're using 66.4 CloudReady?

  • Steven Farber

    I just checked that the machine is in legacy mode. It has been on every attempt as that is how I installed Linuxmint.

    I am using the current version 66.4.25-64-bit.

     

  • Forrest Smith

    What kind of USB stick are you using?

  • Forrest Smith

    Also, have you confirmed that your USB installer works on any other device? No need to install, just sanity checking if the issue is with your device or with the USB.

  • Steven Farber

    I have a class 10 Sandisk 32 GB microsdhc in a usb carrier.

    Operation has been verified with other products using these devices with Etcher.

    I was a IT professional. I do far more complex things than this daily.

     

  • Steven Farber

    I have checked the docs regarding the Acer machine I have and, apart from a problem with the built-in microphone there is nothing that illuminates my situation.

    I still have a blinking cursor in the upper left. The machine will not boot.

     

  • Joseph

    Hmm if you follow this link then the install should work LINK

     

    As it stated in there the Micro Phone is not functional so you'll have to use a USB one

  • Phil Reilly

    I have found that my device will sleep during install especially on battery. Go to settings->power & set the screen to stay on before performing the install. Reinstall & the only time the screen should blank is when it shuts down.

  • Phil Reilly

    ...The installer should disable sleep during the install but my experience says it doesn't!

  • Joseph

    That's why you tap the touchpad when you see the screen dim

  • Phil Reilly

    What if you gotta use the bathroom after eating a 2 week old breakfast sausage that was left out overnight? Right after you start?

  • Joseph

    Umm OK but not everyone would do that. That's nasty two week old breakfast sausage

    Anyway OP your device is listed in the list so if you follow the link I gave things should work out for you

  • Phil Reilly

    Umm OK but not everyone would do that.

     

    ....nobody would plan on that happening, stuff happens is my point!

  • Forrest Smith

    Hi Steven,

     

    All noise above aside:

     

    I'm sure you're quite capable - I'm just trying to check every possibility so that I can help you out. No offense intended.

    Your responses:

    I have a class 10 Sandisk 32 GB microsdhc in a usb carrier.

    Operation has been verified with other products using these devices with Etcher.

    make me think we're getting closer.

     

    I think your storage device (microSD vis USB adapter) may be what CloudReady or the machine are having issues with. The reason I asked whether you had confirmed that your installer works on other devices was, specifically, to find out if  CloudReady boots on other devices when imaged to this microsd. From your answer, I'm not sure if you've tested this or not. Can you clarify?

    One reason that CloudReady, in particular, might not be booting from this device is detailed here.

    There are other ways that a particular device might not work to be a CloudReady installer - trying with another storage device (or testing your microsd-via-USB CloudReady installer on some other device) is definitely your best next step.

  • Phil Reilly

    USB may need to be formatted before creation... Verity has made USB creation a little tricky.

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