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#1 2023-01-21 22:35:43

blah123213
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[SOLVED] Dell XPS 15 7590. LiveUSB is not seen in boot options

I know I have booted into linux with this laptop before, but I am having some difficulties right now. I don't understand why.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Dell_XPS_15_(7590)

I disabled RAID, enabled AHCI

Set it to thorough

disabled safe boot

The way that I made the live usb was to run the following:

sudo mkfs -t vfat /dev/sdc1

then I did:


sudo dd if=archlinux-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdc1 status="progress"

and finally:

parted /dev/sdc1 set 1 boot on

I then restart the laptop with the usb in it, and i mash f12. It only ever shows the nvme, never the usb. I have tried two USB sticks, I even went to the store to get a new one.

For some reason, I have vague memories that I needed to do something weird with the liveusb, something about a efi boot partition but I have been trying to google this with no luck. Everything just says, make it a bootable fat32, use dd to put the iso on there and you're good. But that isnt what I remember and I cant find anything that jogs my memory. Can anyone assist?

Last edited by blah123213 (2023-01-22 14:07:12)

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#2 2023-01-21 23:29:30

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Re: [SOLVED] Dell XPS 15 7590. LiveUSB is not seen in boot options

The ISO is meant to be written directly to the drive, not to a partition on the drive.

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#3 2023-01-21 23:42:18

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Re: [SOLVED] Dell XPS 15 7590. LiveUSB is not seen in boot options

Scimmia wrote:

The ISO is meant to be written directly to the drive, not to a partition on the drive.

Should I have skipped the mkfs command then? Would dd have negated that anyway? Any suggestions? Thanks

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#4 2023-01-21 23:45:22

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#5 2023-01-21 23:56:14

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Re: [SOLVED] Dell XPS 15 7590. LiveUSB is not seen in boot options

the result was the same. When I put the usb in, and boot it is not an option. I dont think the issue was with dd or mkfs.

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#6 2023-01-22 01:44:17

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Re: [SOLVED] Dell XPS 15 7590. LiveUSB is not seen in boot options

I suspect that this is mostly a UEFI issue.

I changed my usb to have 100 mib with the flag boot and esp set

there is also another partition on here where I put arch.

I do see an obscure thing in the UEFI boot order that says usb now but it never actually boots into it.


Here is my usb:

/dev/sdc1 (fat32) label efi
/dev/sdc2 (fat32) flag: msftdata

sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sdc: 28.91 GiB, 31039324160 bytes, 60623680 sectors
Disk model: USB DISK 3.0
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: D0853488-8500-4C8C-980C-7B8CA03DE4C9

Device      Start      End  Sectors  Size Type
/dev/sdc1    2048   206847   204800  100M EFI System
/dev/sdc2  206848 60622847 60416000 28.8G Microsoft basic data

sudo fdisk -l /dev/sdc2

sudo fdisk -l /dev/sdc2
[sudo] password for joe:
Disk /dev/sdc2: 28.81 GiB, 30932992000 bytes, 60416000 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
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x3fbe2d0c

Device      Boot   Start     End Sectors  Size Id Type
/dev/sdc2p1 *         64 1640447 1640384  801M  0 Empty
/dev/sdc2p2      1640448 1671167   30720   15M ef EFI (FAT-12/16/32)

am I creating this correctly?

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#7 2023-01-22 01:59:48

V1del
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Re: [SOLVED] Dell XPS 15 7590. LiveUSB is not seen in boot options

You do not need to do any of this manually, you just need to dd the ISO directly to the block device i.e. /dev/sdc

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#8 2023-01-22 03:29:29

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Re: [SOLVED] Dell XPS 15 7590. LiveUSB is not seen in boot options

V1del wrote:

You do not need to do any of this manually, you just need to dd the ISO directly to the block device i.e. /dev/sdc

Yeah I was originally missing the esp flag. So what I did was, format it as FAT32, set the boot flag and esp flag

then I had to mount it weirdly because its FAT32, and its permissions structure is stupid:


sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdc1 /media/FAT32 -o rw,uid=$(id -u),gid=$(id -g)

then I used 7z

7z x archlinux-x86_64.iso -o/media/FAT32

This worked. However I am running into a different issue now with the liveusb not being able to access the kernel. For now, I will close this thread. I will make another. Thanks everyone.

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#9 2023-01-22 03:32:49

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Re: [SOLVED] Dell XPS 15 7590. LiveUSB is not seen in boot options

blah123213 wrote:

I suspect that this is mostly a UEFI issue.

No, it's a reading comprehension issue.

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#10 2023-01-22 04:07:51

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Re: [SOLVED] Dell XPS 15 7590. LiveUSB is not seen in boot options

Scimmia wrote:
blah123213 wrote:

I suspect that this is mostly a UEFI issue.

No, it's a reading comprehension issue.

No, it isn't.

The USB was not being picked up when I was exclusively doing dd. Then I tried doing what I said in the original post and that didn't work, and then I followed your link which gave similar advice.

It needed to be fat32 with the appropriate flags and then the USB got picked up.

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#11 2023-01-22 04:08:41

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Re: [SOLVED] Dell XPS 15 7590. LiveUSB is not seen in boot options

Because, as I told you, the wiki told you, and V1del told you, you were dding to the wrong place.

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#12 2023-01-22 04:13:15

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Re: [SOLVED] Dell XPS 15 7590. LiveUSB is not seen in boot options

Scimmia wrote:

Because, as I told you, the wiki told you, and V1del told you, you were dding to the wrong place.

I tried using dd to sdc as well. That's what I did when I read your link.

edit:

I looked at my console history. I had sdc1 there although I didnt realize it. I thought I removed it.

IT WORKS WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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#13 2023-01-22 12:38:55

V1del
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Re: [SOLVED] Dell XPS 15 7590. LiveUSB is not seen in boot options

You could've also looked at your original post since you did include the mistake there as well. In any case, please mark as [SOLVED] by editing the title in your first post.

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