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Old 05-16-2010, 05:22 AM   #1
michielv
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linux mint 8 install step 4 "disk preparation" results in empty list


Hi,

I'm trying to install Linux Mint 8 on a PC of a friend of me.

I have a problem with the installation, in step 4 "disk preparation", the list is empty. There is no device to select.

If I go to the terminal I can see the disk.
Code:
sudo fdisk -l
results in
Code:
Disk /dev/sda: 41.1 GB, 41110142976 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4998 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x21ba21b9

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1        4867    39094146   83  Linux
/dev/sda2            4868        4998     1052257+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
The result of the partioning was done with the Mint live CD and Gparted without doing the full installation.

I also did:
Code:
sudo smartctl -l selftest /dev/sda
which resulted in:
Code:
smartctl version 5.38 [i686-pc-linux-gnu] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/

=== START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
Num  Test_Description    Status                  Remaining  LifeTime(hours)  LBA_of_first_error
# 1  Extended offline    Completed without error       00%       992         -
# 2  Short offline       Completed without error       00%       992         -
# 3  Short offline       Completed without error       00%       991         -
So I guess it's not a hardware problem?

Many thanks for any advice.
 
Old 05-16-2010, 07:29 AM   #2
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Hmm, sounds strange. Maybe there's a bug in the setup program, or the disc is a little bit damaged. You could try to install Ubuntu (LM is basing on Ubu, isn't it?)
 
Old 05-16-2010, 07:47 AM   #3
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Most of these 'odd' errors come from a bad burn ....
try re-burning that ISO & re-check the checksum as well.

can you check the install's okay on another PC?.
 
Old 05-16-2010, 12:57 PM   #4
michielv
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I tried the install on my girlfriends laptop without problems.
The disk was recognised.

I also did a checksum control of the iso-file.

So I have no clue to solve this.
 
Old 05-17-2010, 03:05 PM   #5
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I finally found the solution:

Code:
sudo apt-get remove dmraid
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