A few days back I had decided to switch to Fedora 24 Workstation from Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS (Xenial Xersus). It was not because of any specific reasons. It’s just that I had spent enough time testing and tweaking around with Ubuntu and got bored. Now I wanted to test and play around with another distro and this time I chose Fedora.
Downloaded the Fedora 24 Workstation 64-bit version and using PowerISO burned the live image to my 8GB SanDisk Cruzer Blade which I got during a workshop conducted by the Free Software Foundation, Tamil Nadu. Now I was ready to install Fedora and made my laptop boot from the USB.
It displayed two options – ‘Start Fedora-Workstation-Live 24‘ and ‘Test this media & start Fedora-Workstation-Live 24‘
I chose the first option to check it out but man, I ran into a problem!
I got the ‘The media check is complete, the result is: FAIL.‘ Error. I repeatedly tried installing it but in vain. The error would never go. Made a quick search and found that many people had earlier ran into the same problem. Check out this and this.
Well, how did I fix it then?
Simple, the problem is not with the live image you downloaded. It’s because of some unknown bug that causes this error when the bootable USB is created using traditional CD/DVD burning tools. The ISO MD5 checksum verification fails because of this. Seriously, it may sound dumb but it’s true.
So, how to fix that?
Again it’s simple, just click over liveusb-creator and download that tool if you are using Windows. For Linux, use
sudo dnf install liveusb-creator command.
Now, follow the instructions in this post to create the bootable USB drive.
Now try installing the Fedora 24 Workstation from that bootable USB you created just now. It just works. I know it sounds simple, but hey – it’s magic! It worked for me and it could work for you too. So don’t lose hope and follow the above instructions to get set rolling with Fedora 24.