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Frequently Asked Questions

Persistent over fails on Fedora 15

See for workaround until a fixed dracut gets spun into a live image.

F15 error: dbus.exceptions.DBusException: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown?: The name org.freedesktop.Hal was not provided by any .service files

The current version of the liveusb-creator requires the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL). Work is underway to port the liveusb-creator to UDisks/UDev, but in the mean time a simple workaround is to install HAL:

sudo yum -y install hal
sudo /sbin/service haldaemon start

Fedora 14 LiveUSB Doesn't Boot!

The Fedora 14 live image requires a newer version of syslinux than what is available in Fedora 13/12 at the moment.

A workaround is to install the F14 version of syslinux from here:

Then run the liveusb-creator like so:

liveusb-creator --reset-mbr

Windows users can follow these instructions to work around the issue, until a new liveusb-creator release comes out:

How do I file a useful bug report?


The best way to do this is to run the liveusb-creator from a command prompt with the '-v' argument. To open a command prompt, go to 'Start->Run' and type 'cmd'. From here, you will need to change to the liveusb-creator directory, which is done using the 'cd' command (ie: cd Desktop\liveusb-creator-2.6). Then run the command liveusb-creator -v. After the program is complete, close it -- at this point it will write out a 'liveusb-creator.exe.log' file with the debugging output. When creating a new ticket (please open it here on trac, over the "New Ticket" button above, available after login. Please to not report bugs that are related with windows on bugzilla), attach this output. Also include the type of USB key and your operating system version.


Run the liveusb-creator from the command-line and attach the output to a new ticket.

liveusb-creator --verbose

My USB drive is not showing up in the "Removable Devices" list!

Windows sometimes detects certain drives as *not* being removable devices. Since v2.5 of the li veusb-creator, you can force the use of a specified non-removable device by running the program from a command prompt like so:

C:\liveusb-creator-2.5> liveusb-creator --force F:

Replacing "F:" with the appropriate device.

Where can I download past releases?

WindowsError?: [Error 2] The system cannot find the file specified

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "liveusb\gui.pyc", line 154, in run
  File "liveusb\creator.pyc", line 286, in extractISO
  File "subprocess.pyc", line 594, in __init__
  File "subprocess.pyc", line 816, in _execute_child
WindowsError: [Error 2] The system cannot find the file specified 

This error occurs when you do not extract the zip file before running the liveusb-creator.exe... The solution to this problem is to extract the zipfile first, then enter the liveusb-creator directory and run the executable from there.

Problems with Windows Vista

Some people have noticed issues using the liveusb-creator in Windows Vista. Here are some things you can try:

  • Right click the liveusb-creator.exe and select properties. From here, set to run as WinXP compatiable as well as administrator.
  • You could also try running cmd.exe, and then executing the liveusb-creator with the '--force F:' argument (where F: is your drive letter).

How do I test my LiveUSB in a virtual machine?

Easy. Assuming your device is named '/dev/sdb', you can boot up your liveusb key in a virtual machine with the following command:

# qemu -hda /dev/sdb -m 256 -std-vga

I cannot boot off of the USB key!

"Some BIOSes have been reported (in particular, certain versions of the Award BIOS) that cannot boot USB keys in "USB-HDD" mode. This is a very serious BIOS bug, but it is unfortunately rather typical of the kind of quality we're seeing out of major BIOS vendors these days. On these BIOSes, you're generally stuck booting them in USB-ZIP mode.


See this page for details on setting up your usb key in a zip-like fashon. Ideally the liveusb-creator should support this feature as well (ticket #267).

Unknown filesystem?

The liveusb-creator only works with FAT, and EXT filesystems. If you get an 'Unknown filesystem' error, you can format your device as FAT32 by doing the following

# mkfs.vfat -F 32 /dev/sdb1 (Replace `sdb1` with your device partition)

After formatting, it still doesn't work?

Try unplugging your key, and plugging it back in. Sometimes this does the trick.

Qt is ugly, I want Gtk!

Then yum install qgtkstyle :)

How come I can't create a liveusb in Fedora 10 of Fedora 11?

You will need to install a newer version of syslinux

# yum --enablerepo=rawhide update syslinux