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    Cannot boot from USB on Intel NUC

    Intel NUC model NUC8BEB

    I tried to install the Gnome Desktop on my NUC running Ubuntu Server using tasksel. When I reboot, everything goes to heck.

    The error message is:
    CIFS VFS: CIFS mount error: iocharset utf8 not found

    I can log in on my admin account, but nothing will run.

    I am assuming that fixing this will require reinstalling Ubuntu. But I have tried for hours to get the NUC to boot from the thumbdrive. Nothing works.

    I downloaded the latest Ubuntu iso image (https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop) and used Rufus to make a bootable drive. (Twice).
    I hit F10 during the NUC boot and selected the USB drive.
    But the NUC still boots from the M2 drive.

    Help, please.

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    Re: Cannot boot from USB on Intel NUC

    Seems like there are a few problems here. First, did you hashcheck the downloaded ISO and run a media check on the USB if offered? A bad download or USB might explain not being able to boot from the USB. Next, Ubuntu Server needs a lot of support for the Gnome Desktop, like X for instance. might as well start with the desktop, which does all that. Then delete pakcages you don't need or want.

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    Re: Cannot boot from USB on Intel NUC

    I do not know NUC models, but there seem to be some issues with them.

    https://askubuntu.com/questions/1208...ubuntu-18-04-3
    NUC10i7FNH
    this Network adapter Intel Corporation Device [8086:0d4f] is new and supported by mainline Linux kernel since the 5.5 Linux kernel.

    How to install Bionic on Hades Canyon (nuc8i7hvk/nuc8i7hnb) with Vega M GPU support - using ppa
    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2400400
    Updated drivers for Hades Canyon
    https://www.tomshardware.com/news/in...12-month-delay
    Intel NUC
    https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/06/...untu-certified
    Certified ISO & Instructions
    https://www.ubuntu.com/download/iot/intel-nuc-desktop
    intel nuc - nuc5i5MYHE w/M.2 SSD
    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2376245
    boot into the EFI shell and manually point startup.nsh to the grubx64.cfg and run it
    Running The Intel NUC6i7KYK On Linux With Skylake Iris Pro Graphics 16.10
    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...lnuc-pre&num=1
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Cannot boot from USB on Intel NUC

    Thanks ubfan1. I did not hashcheck the download- it's never been a problem, but I will try anything.

    I am able to log in as admin, and I was able to copy my home, etc, lib, usr and var folders to a mounted SSD.

    My intent is to simply reinstall Ubuntu and spend tomorrow to reconfigure everything. But, if I can't get the NUC to boot from the USB, what can I do?

    I got a bit further with a new USB drive.
    It looked like it was going to boot and install from the thumb drive, but I am now getting:
    "ubuntu 18.04 started wait until snapd is fully seeded"

    All I can see from Google is that this was fixed in 18.04.4

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