[arch-general] Using install dual iso 2012-09-07 - graphics issue?

mike cloaked mike.cloaked at gmail.com
Sun Sep 16 06:54:17 EDT 2012

On Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 10:04 PM, mike cloaked <mike.cloaked at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 9:04 PM, Daniel Wallace
> <daniel.wallace at gatech.edu> wrote:
>> mike cloaked <mike.cloaked at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>I have made a bootable usbkey with the archlinux-2012.09.07-dual.iso
>>>file but having tried to boot it, both on an Inspiron 530s and also a
>>>Samsung Q35 netbook, there is a blue "graphics" screen but it does not
>>>stop and offer me the choice of i686 or x86_64 but carries straight on
>>>to boot to the normal prompt. So I can't choose which architecture to
>>>use for the install.
>>>Does anyone know a workaround to be able to get to choose which of 32
>>>or 64 bit to boot for the install? Or is there a problem with this new
>>>install media on some hardware?
>>>I have done quit a bit of reading but not seen this issue mentioned in
>>>any of the arch wiki or other google searches.
>> How are you putting the making the boot able media? Do not use something like unetbootin, it just breaks the image. Use dd if you can or make in manually using the instructions on the wiki. If you are on windows just use windows image writer. I
>> Otherwise make sure you are using one of the recommended methods from the usb installable media Page of the wiki
> I did use unetbootin but was not aware that unetbootin breaks the
> image!  I then had to adjust the syslinux.cfg to point it at the name
> of the usbkey - but I will try the dd method and see if that works
> better - thought that will be tomorrow now as it is late here in the
> UK now.
> Thanks - I will report back when I have had a chance to try the dd method.

I have had time to write the usbkey with the dd method and it works just fine.

Additionally I have now edited the wiki at
to include a warning about unetbootin for the dual architecture
install isos.

If anyone feels that "any" reference to unetbootin in the wiki should
be removed then please go ahead and change the wiki.

mike c

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