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Re: New Linux User needs some guidance

On Monday 07 October 2019 12:40:00 Dan Purgert wrote:

> <lwhonaker@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Greetings All,
> >
> > Briefly, I am a new Linux want-to-be.  I am totally blind, retired
> > computer specialist with most of my work experience in the Windows
> > world.  I do have a passing knowledge of Unix.
> >
> > I am attempting my first install of Debian and I must be missing
> > something from the Install Guide.  I was under the impression if I
> > copied the dvd image to a usb stick, I could boot from the stick and
> > start the install.
> >
> > Do I need something else other than the iso image on a 32 GB thumb
> > drive in order to begin the install for Debian?
> If I'm understanding you properly, yes.  You need to take it from an
> "iso image" and actually have the data itself on the USB key (for lack
> of a better word, you need to "burn the image" to the USB key).
> I think Win10 can do this natively through the right-click context
> menus (essentially right-click the ISO -> select the "burn disc image"
> option, then select your USB drive as the target).  Bear in mind that
> I haven't used Windows in ages, so I might be off the mark here.
> > I have tried on two different computers and I am receiving the
> > following message when I boot from the USB drive:
> >
> > Syslinux 4.03 2010-10-22 EDD C C 1994-2010 H. Peter Aanvin et al
> >
> > Error: No configuration file found
> >
> > No default or u/I configuration directive found!
> >
> > Maybe I went too far, in that I copied the first three dvd iso
> > images to the 32 GB stick.  Is that an issue?
> That could definitely be a problem, especially if you "properly"
> burned the images to the USB, they'd have overwritten each other.

Each "iso" is a self-contained disk image. said another way, if you look 
at the contents of that usb drive, and see a file whose name ends 
in .iso, its burnt wrong, you should see the contents of that iso. It is 
a complete file system useing the iso9660 file system, designed to work 
with the spiral tracks, from the inside out, of the optical medium. 
burning it to the usb drive in raw mode, leaves an image that looks 
normal to a non-iso9660 file system. Done right, you see the contents, 
but not the iso file.

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