Long story short, I need a dualboot win7/FC21 laptop. Fedora 21 would replace the existing Ubuntu install (so I am pretty sure this is already a non uefi box). BIOS does not mention UEFI anywhere I can see.

All the sticks I have been able to create this far (using unetbootin and liveusb-creator, currently trying multibootusb; ISO is Fedora-Live-MATE_Compiz-x86_64-21-5.iso) have given me a uefi-booting image - after which, upon install-to-disk, anaconda insists on wanting a UEFI partition.

I could try making a DVD but I am wondering if the ISO itself may be the cause. The Fedora site goes on and on about BIOS UEFI-related switches, but as I said this machine has none.


EDIT: re-creating the stick with dd also results in a UEFI live. So it looks like the ISOs (tried regular desktop spin this time) are at fault. What now?


So it appears it wasn't the ISO, after all. At some point I noticed that the USB stick had a GPT partition table on it. So, following the instructions at https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_create_and_use_Live_USB#litd

I reset it by:

 #livecd-iso-to-disk  --format --reset-mbr --overlay-size-mb 1024 /home/alf/Fedora-Live-MATE_Compiz-x86_64-21-5.iso /dev/sd

Which gave me a non-uefi stick. Wish I could say easy and intuitive - it ain't.

  • Good that you figured it out. As an aside, Fedora 21 has been EOL. – Sokel Jan 24 '16 at 19:11

This worked for me, too. Thank you "Alien Life Form".

Here, I install Fedora.iso into a USB stick that is identified by /dev/sdb. For completeness (but not shown), I deleted all partitions on that USB stick, just in case.

root@linux# dnf install livecd-tools

root@linux# livecd-iso-to-disk --format --reset-mbr --overlay-size-mb 1024 /home/user/Download/Fedora.iso /dev/sdb

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