J> I have many HP Z420 systems I have tried this with. They can all
J> install ANY other OS I have tried via USB in Legacy mode
J> (Non-UEFI). I have built the USB with Rufus, Win32diskImager, dd
J> mode inside of CentOS as well as through Windows, UniversalUSB
J> installer, Unetbootin, Xboot, Etcher, and several other not
J> listed here. It's not the USB drive, as I've used SEVERAL
J> different sticks. I have re-used these sticks after trying
J> Qlustar, to install other OS's, and they still work perfectly
J> fine, and can load the vfat module when installing. Currently,
J> I've built a Rocks7 cluster from these various USB sticks with NO
J> issues. Hell, I've even tried to restore the thumb as a HDD from
J> the qlustar image inside of CentOS to no luck.
J> The error is simple: run/initramfs/live unknown filesystem type
J> I've also tried to build a CD/DVD to boot from, and I run into
J> the exact same issue: unknown filesystem type vfat.
Yes, booting the same thing from a different media won't help.
So, I wanted to update everyone on this. The current state of affairs on my three Skylake HP desktops that I’ve been trying to use as cluster nodes is as follows:
- Trying to boot from a dd-imaged USB in legacy mode: drive isn’t even recognized as bootable; skips right over it in the Boot Menu list
- Trying to boot from a dd-imaged USB in UEFI mode: drive recognized but returns you to the Boot Menu as soon as you try to boot from it
- Trying to boot from a Rufus-imaged USB (with “ISO mode”) in legacy mode: drive isn’t recognized
- Trying to boot from a Rufus-imaged USB (with “ISO mode”) in UEFI mode: gets to a certain point in the installer, then does what Jeremy is reporting with the VFAT driver error
At the end of my rope, I finally tried booting from a CD-R. The first time I tried burning it, the disc was rife with errors and the system wouldn’t boot properly after installation. The second time seemed to work and I was able to complete head node installation, but I couldn’t get compute nodes to bootstrap correctly. I may try this again tonight, because I found a way to boot from USB:
I tried installing Bright not long after this (which you all can try now if you have 8 compute nodes or fewer: https://community.brightcomputing.com/feed/easy8-users-getting-started
). I started out with exactly the same problem as the Qlustar installer. I beat my head against the problem some more and was finally able to get all the way through the installation process by using the YUMI utility ( https://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/
) and telling it to place the boot image in “partition 4” on the USB as listed in the imaging options. Why this is a thing that matters, I have no idea. Maybe someone else has a clue as to why starting the installer from inside the YUMI boot environment and choosing this extra partition option seems to work where no other option does.
Really, really strange stuff. But — give YUMI a try and please report back whether it worked for you.