Problem with installation of Fedora34, the Xfce spin, from usb

I get the following when trying to install Fedora onto an Acer Aspire 7 laptop from the usb.

“Warning: /dev/disk/by-label/Fedora-Xfce-Live-34-1-2 does not exist”
“Warning: /dev/root does not exist”

]$ ls /dev/disk/by-label:
Acer ESP Recovery

]$ ls /dev/disk/by-id:

I don’t know what to do next. I find it hard to believe that nobody else has posted anything about this. Either here or anywhere else on the internet. Any help would be appreciated.

ps. I checked my media, and made the usb 3 different ways: with dd, with Fedora Media Writer and with livecd-iso-to-disk. That third way gave a slightly different error: “Warning: /dev/disk/by-uuid/29F3-EAA6 does not exist”.

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Welcome to the forum.

I think more detail is needed.

What OS were you booted to when you did the ls commands? If it was in the acer recovery shell it means nothing as far as the install goes.

You show several partitions on the nvme device. Is it already partitioned and you are installing dual boot? Are you intending to wipe out what is already there to install fedora new? What exactly are your plans? Since the way forward depends on what is intended we really need to know.

We also need to know a little more about the hardware itself.

One of the first things that comes to mind is that you are not properly booting from the usb. You need to check the bios and the installed OS to verify if they are set for legacy boot or uefi boot. You also need to boot from the USB in the same mode as already set for the installed OS if you are planning dual boot. If dual booting this is one guide on how to do that. You need to make certain you have adequate space before starting the install.

BTW, that error with the 3rd way of putting the iso on the usb means an error. There would not be a dos UUID if the device were written properly. Either dd or fedora media writer do a good job of writing the iso to the usb and usually with no errors, as long as the iso is good.

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Thanks for responding. I am intending to wipe out the Windows OS, I am not trying to dual boot. I haven’t partitioned anything. The laptop is brand new. I checked the hash sums on my downloaded iso and it checks out okay. In my BIOS the boot mode is UEFI and Secure boot is enabled. After the installed failed, I get the choice: “Press Enter for maintenance” or “Control-D to continue”. I chose Enter – that is where I ran the ls commands. I wanted to attach the generated file: rdsosreport.txt in case that helps explain what I am doing wrong, but I don’t know how to do that in this setting. Thanks again. I’ve been with Fedora for years and have successfully installed it on a half dozen computers. Having trouble this time.

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Ok, Glad to assist.
With what you just described you need to do the following.

When you boot to the live image, then select the installer the first thing it asks is where you are installing. You will need to select the drive, then tell it to use the whole drive so it wipes out the existing windows partitions. If intending to install and boot UEFI then you must have selected UEFI when you selected the usb to boot from.

You can select to partition yourself or allow it to do the auto partitioning for you. The install using the auto partitioning will result if 3 partitions. /boot (ext), /boot/efi (ESP/vfat) and a btrfs partition containing the /root (/) and /home (/home) subvolumes.

It should just work if you properly selected the space to do the installation. It is possible you may need to disable secure boot, but try and see if it works first.