3

Intel Compute Stick comes in two versions: one with Windows 8.1 and one with Ubuntu, but the Linux version has half the RAM and far less internal storage and nearly impossible to buy.

So I am trying to install Linux on the "Windows" Compute Stick. I am using CentOS rather than Ubuntu, but my problem is that CentOS can only be installed (as far as I know) by booting from an alternate drive holding an ISO image of the OS (one can then install the image on an internal drive. The Compute Stick has no external drives, so I have tried:

  1. installing a SD card giving me a drive D
  2. attaching a USB memory stick
  3. attaching a USB DVD drive

But when I boot the BIOS it still offers me only the internal drive C option. If I go to the BIOS menu to change the order of drives used for booting it still shows only the internal drive.

Does anyone know of a way to get the BIOS in the Compute Stick to allow booting from any external device? Or any other way to install CentOS?

I have never installed Ubuntu. Does it offer other ways to install?

I do not need to install it as dual boot, I am happy to commit the internal drive to Linux only but cannot see how to do this.

  • If I change the OS Type in the BIOS to Ubuntu and put an OS iso on a USB stick then it IS recognized. My problem was apparently not having the OS in ISO form on the USB stick and USB DVD not recognized. I tried with CentOS 6.6 and it boots but neither a wireless or USB keyboard was recognized so I could not follow the install menus. Is there a driver missing? I retried with Ubuntu 14.10 and it appears to work fine. I would still be interested in how CentOS could be used if anyone knows more about the problem. – Terry L Anderson Jul 21 '15 at 20:54
2

It looks like Ubuntu installs fine, if set as an iso on a USB stick and OS is set to Ubuntu in BIOS. The 14.10 version I tried hung randomly before completing install so after 5 tries I used 14.04.2 and that is working fine.

I would still like to know how to get CentOS to recognize USB keyboard/mouse but I can live with Ubuntu.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.