After burning Qubes iso on a USB stick using dd I boot it in UEFI mode and I got a problem with the following symptom :

If I select Verify source and install Qubes the process freezes after the test passes. If I select Install Qubes I got this :

Ignoring BGRT : invalid status 0 (expected 1)
mce : unable to init device /dev/mcelog (rc:-16)
/etc/vconsole.cong line 1: 1=: command not found
/etc/vconsole.cong line 1: 1=: command not found
sd 4:0:0:0:[sdb] no caching mode page found
sd 4:0:0:0:[sdb] assuming drive cache : write through
mount: /dev/sdb is write protected, mounting read-only

And then the booting process freezes completely and I can only reboot with ctrl+alt+del. I have to add that the Qubes graphical logo blinks very briefly before it comes back to the command line and freezes.

Any idea on what is happening ? Is there a way to activate a verbose mode so there is more detail on the failure reason ?

  • It may be totally unrelated, but that file /etc/vconsole.conf, it looks like there might be some variables in there being set, but with the variable name prepended by a $ (e.g. $FONT=). – Kusalananda Jan 1 '17 at 18:46

As there is some common bug in UEFI implementation, you may find workaround in this article.

Press Ctrl+Alt+F2 for shell, F3 for log or F4 for storage log. I assume it may be a kernel-related issue, too. Consider making a newer Qubes 3.2 install using dd or try rufus. You can still look on hardware compatibility list.

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