Thursday, 28 April 2016

tail linux on surface pro one

installed tails on my surface pro one, winning windows 10. did experience a couple of quirks, that were not documented in the installation guide. so, for the record, below are some details.

configure surface pro to start from usb
configure:
Step 1: Shut down your Surface.
Step 2: Once Surface has turned off, press and hold the volume-up button.
Step 3: With the volume-up button held down, press and release the power button.
Step 4: Continue holding the volume-up button until the Surface logo no longer appears.
Step 5: Select Secure Boot Control.
Step 6: Select Disable.
Step 7: Select Exit Setup.
Step 8: Select Yes to save the configuration and restart Surface.

boot:
Step 1: Shut down your Surface.
Step 2: Insert the bootable USB drive into the USB port on your Surface.
Step 3: Press and hold the volume-down button on Surface.

ref: microsoft.com

problem one
when rebooting from usb the following warning message did show up:

WARNING: No configuration file found
boot:

this was due to the way tails was installed when i used the recommended tool universal usb installer. luckily reddit had the remedy, which was to use rufus for installing tails iso on usb. after reinstalling using rufus that problem was solved.

problem two
to install tails on usb number two, using the option "install by cloning", i got the error message:
'NoneType' object has no attribute 'call_create_partition_sync'

the solution here was to go back into windows, and reformat the usb drive. however, through windows explorer windows was unable to do the formatting. i only ended up getting an error message, telling me formatting of drive d: (usb) was failing: "windows was unable to complete the format".

so, from the desktop, selected my computer, selected "manage", then chose "disk management". located the usb drive in the overview, selected it and created a new partition on the usb drive, did a fat format.

rebooted the computer, from the intermediate tails usb, and tried installing by cloning again. finally, it worked.

tails linux ftw

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