Can't use Linux to make a USB visible in Windows

TechnoJunky

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Just a little background first. I have a dual boot computer but left very little room for the Windows partition. I only use Windows for firmware updates from Dell and to play Fallout 4. I just bought Fallout 76 and it needed 60 freaking gigs. OMG. I only had 10 available. So I used KDE Partition Manager to move my partitions around to give Windows more space. Either I or the process screwed up and Windows was no longer bootable and I couldn't use the Dell tools to recover. So I downloaded Dell's Windows ISO file and used DD to write it to my pen drive. However, when I boot up the BIOS doesn't see it. So now I have a Windows VM and downloaded Dell's OS Recovery Tool but Windows complains that my pen drive has malfunctioned and has an invalid device descriptor. So I went back into KDE Partition Manager and changed the partition type to MSDOS and formatted it to Fat32, still gets the same error when mounting it in Windows. I have another pen drive that I cannot use for this but it mounts fine in the Windows VM. So it has to be the pen drive, not VMWare and not Windows. Anyone have any experience with using Linux to make a pen drive work in Windows? Stupid Windows doesn't even have a way to say fix it, it just refuses to work with the pen drive. Linux sees it mounted just fine.
 
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Jarret B

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Try another program like Balena Etcher found at balena.io/etcher.

This program will place the ISO file on the pendrive just fine.
 

rado84

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RosaImageWriter - for making a Linux bootable USB stick in Linux environment.
WoeUSB - for making a Windows bootable USB stick in Linux environment.

And btw, you don't need Crapows to play Fallout 4:
https://www.protondb.com/app/377160
 

TechnoJunky

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Thanks for the link Rado. I’ll check it out after I get my PC up and running. I tried, or thought I tried everything to get it running. As far as the bootable Window USB, i figures out why the computer wouldn’t recognize it at boot up. I had to have secure boot enabled. A pen drive. Can you believe that? The computer wouldn’t recognize the pen drive as a bootable option because I disabled secure boot. PITA. Linux live usb’s Have never given me trouble.
 

rado84

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If you enable secure boot, you won't be able to boot into Linux after that.

Frankly I don't understand why people continue using that crap. 95% of the games run quite fine in Linux. Also in Linux nobody's stealing your personal and payment data, nobody's tracking you, nobody's forbidding you anything... Not to mention with Windows you'll never know what it means your operating system to start in 4 seconds! :D

Code:
Startup finished in 1.854s (kernel) + 2.360s (userspace) = 4.214s
 

TechnoJunky

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First, Linux or at least the distro I use, it does work/load with Secure Boot enabled. However, I keep it disabled because I don't need or want it. That's why I couldn't figure out why my bootable windows installation media couldn't be seen by the computer. So I enabled it, in order to reinstall Windows. Afterwards I disabled it. You don't have to sell me that Windows sucks. I know it and that's why I mostly don't use it. In fact I never booted up to it in all of 2018. If you've read my other posts you'd see that I'm a major proponent of running games on Linux and using Steam Play to do it. However, I do enjoy playing Fallout 4 and haven't been able to play it until last week when I broke down and booted up Windows. Then I decided to buy Fallout 76, which I highly doubt will run under Linux. Right after I finish writing this I'll be checking out Rado's link and hopefully I won't need to boot to windows for Fallout 4. Hopefully I can figure out a way to get 76 working as well.
 

rado84

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@TechnoJunky
Fallout 76 runs in Linux but only partially - after character creation it closes. However, that guy tried it with Wine 3.20 which is like an ancient version of it, whereas the current version is 4.8, so you can try it with 4.8 and say how it went.
 

TechnoJunky

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Thanks for the tips Rado. Unfortunately the link for Fallout 4 gave some good tips, but they don't make the game playable for me. The game is better, but when I went to play, I looked up and couldn't look back down. Can't play Fallout 4 running around looking in the sky only. LOL. Hopefully they'll get Proton updated to support it before long. Unfortunately for Fallout 76, it's not available in Steam, so no Proton support for it....ever. Also, unfortunately the damn thing is freaking humongous. It took me the entire work day to download it to the Windows partition (60 gigs). Don't know if I want to go thru that again just to see if it'll run on Wine.
 

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