Hi, I’m having issues installing PureOS. I originally put this on another forum, but someone suggested to come here because no one was able to help me there… I installed Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon on another computer (an hp 15-f039wm) with a bootable USB drive. Now I’m trying to install another distro (PureOS Hephaestus 8.0) on that same computer.
The USB I made for this distro and my Mint drive are both formatted as FAT32, and I used Etcher to make both of them on a Windows 10 machine. Etcher is set to validate write on success, and eject on success. When putting PureOS on the USB, I followed the directions on the download page of PureOS.
The sha256 checksum is correct.
And since I’m testing this installation on an older computer, I enabled legacy mode, disabled the security, and moved the boot priority of all usb drives to the top in the BIOS so it could install a new OS from it.
PROBLEMS / WHAT I TRIED
First, I installed this PureOS distro on a virtual machine. It works fine as long as I set a large enough hard drive size for it (otherwise it would crap out and stay stuck on a loading screen forever).
Now on an actual computer, originally, I couldn’t get the
!'s off the boot order for usb drives in the BIOS. They all had an exclamation point next to the USB / CD drives, and network adaptors. So I set the USB options to load first. I then did some research to get rid of the exclamations, and the only thing I could find is to select the drive with one next to it, and do shift+1, which various people said enables it. But it didn’t. All I got was an 80’s sounding beep from the on board speaker. The help info on the side of the screen didn’t help either. It just said that items with the
! means it’s not capable booting from that drive, and nothing on how to fix it. Nor did f1 say anything (the help button). The next point fixed this problem…
I then removed the CMOS battery for a couple hours. Then put it back together and turned it on. Doing that, disabling secure boot, and enabling legacy mode made it recognize the changes. So on next boot I entered the code it gave me to confirm the changes, rechecked the BIOS, and all the
!'s were gone from the boot order. But it still wouldn’t boot the PureOS USB drive.
Thinking the drive with PureOS was faulty, I put the PureOS iso on the Mint drive with etcher, used the same USB port, and that didn’t work either. But when I put mint back on that same USB drive in the same port with etcher, it booted as it should (as if to reinstall mint). I also noticed that after making the Mint drive again on Windows, it ejected on success as it should, but PureOS didn’t eject at all.
I embolden that because it made me think about something someone said on another article, about something to do with proprietary hardware not allowing certain software to run (my PureOS usb), therefore, the Mint distro continues to load.
I’ve read about 5 topics at this site relevant to this, and one that seemed the most relevant was How to write ISO image to USB drive. And in there, I used his
sudo dd bs=4M if=/path/to/PureOS-2.1.iso of=/dev/sdX status=progress && sync, and it installed the distro on the usb, but it didn’t work.
Anyone know what’s going on?? I’m leaning on this problem being some hardware / driver issue. If so, anyone know what I can do??
And thanks for reading this far!