isolinux.bin Missing or Corrupt
At work we have one old Dell 2950. I wanted to boot from a Debian 10 Live ISO to note any hardware compatibility issues. Mostly my concern was the RAID controller. Would the Live ISO see the virtual disk?
Upon booting I was greeted with a typical unhelpful error:
isolinux.bin missing or corrupt
I knew from experience that I could burn the Live ISO image to a DVD and the system would boot without hiccups. Boot with an optical disk? In the 21st century?
Some quick poking around the web found a solution. The
USB Flash Drive Emulation needs to be set to
Hard Disk rather than
Auto. When configured to
Auto the BIOS treats the USB device as a floppy disk.
- Insert the USB stick.
- Boot into the BIOS.
- Configure USB sticks as hard disks.
- Boot into the Dell Boot Menu.
- Select the USB stick.
Life seldom is straightforward or simple.