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Old 08-17-2015, 09:48 PM   #1
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Question Installing Linux Mint


Hi, trying to install an ISO image of Linux Mint in an empty just formated HD, the disk has no partitions. Starts ok, a welcome screen appears and then it asks for my user name and password, when I tried doing that, it tells me that I am using the wrong characters, then a beautiful screen appears but a short while afterwards the screen goes to an off white one with the Linux Mint logo, nothing else happens.
I would appreciate a hand as I would like to learn the OS.
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:06 PM   #2
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Your ISO image? What media is it on, CD/DVD, USB pen? Is it a "Live" Mint distribution, i.e. it boots from the media and runs in memory only? Have you even got to the installation? Live distros don't ask for any username/Password info.

It sounds very strange that the first thing it does is ask for a username and password, normal installations drag through keyboard types, time zones then disk partitioning. They only ask you to set up a username and password towards the end of the process.

If you're booting from your hard drive Are you sure there's nothing on it? There's not something it's trying to boot on it is there? Part of the installation process involves Mint formatting the hard drive so you don't need to use anything else to do it.

Perhaps you could provide a step-by-step description of exactly what you're doing and how you're doing it.

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Old 08-18-2015, 04:54 PM   #3
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Installing Linux Mint

Thanks for the response. I downloaded the Linux Mint from their site, unzipped it, made an ISO image with ISOMG on a DVD RW as instructed, changed the boot to DVD into my just formated and totally empty HD, and what I explained on my prior entry, that is what happens, I was also looking for what you mentioned. May be the image is somehow incomplete or corrupted?
 
Old 08-18-2015, 07:41 PM   #4
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changed the boot to DVD into my just formated and totally empty HD,
Sorry, I'm not sure I understand what you're saying.

You booted the DVD... Were you taken through a lot of questions regarding keyboard type, Time zones, etc, and then were asked where to install Linux? This is what usually happens. Did you specify your formatted HDD if you got this far? You need to be more specific.

Or... Do you mean you changed the boot order to make your system boot from
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my just formated and totally empty HD
which implies you've booted something from your actually not-empty HD?

So...

1.) What exactly happened when you booted the DVD?
2.) Did it boot to give you a working Mint system? (I'm assuming a Live DVD here, if an install DVD go to question 4))
3.) If so, did you hit the "Install to disk" icon which should have been on the desktop?
4.) Did it ask some questions as I've outlined above?
5.) Did it ask you where to install Mint, if so, where did you say to install it?

That's enough questions for the moment, can you let us know the answers?

Play Bonny!


Last edited by Soadyheid; 08-18-2015 at 07:42 PM. Reason: clarification (I hope!)
 
Old 08-18-2015, 07:59 PM   #5
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linux mint DVD boots to a live system. What version are you trying to install?

You should see a desktop with the mint logo in the center and then icons on the left i.e. computer, mint'ts home and install linux mint. To install mint on the hard drive you have to press click on the install linux mint icon.
It should not ask you for a username, password.

http://www.tecmint.com/install-linux-mint-17/
 
Old 08-18-2015, 09:02 PM   #6
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Thanks again for the follow up, let em see if I can clarify further. I have a desktop rig with two Sata HHD, the one I am writing on in W7x64, the second one is empty and is the one I am trying to eventually install Linux Mint cinnamon 17.7. A couple of days ago, I downloaded the program in ISO format, and using ImgBurn I wrote the program onto a DVD-RW and placed it in my DVD player { I wonder if the write vs burn has anything to do with this}.
As per instructions, I set the computer to boot from the DVD into the empty HDD. First screen that appears is a LM logo, then on the left upper corner, a small screen states the type of OS and says welcome, the third screen { here is the problem} has a small window asking for a user name and password, at the top it gives 29 seconds to boot, if I enter a name ans password, at the top in red, I am told that I am entering wrong characters, if I let it boot, a very nice screen showing a sunset, I think, does not give me any options, in a short while, the screen goes to an off white with a nice logo of the program and it stays there. At no time I am given the chance to install...hope this helps you better see what I am faced with. Thanks again
 
Old 08-18-2015, 09:19 PM   #7
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The disc should boot to a desktop without your needing to intervene in any way, though it may take a minute or two. Booting from disk is inherently slower than booting from an HDD.

Did you check the md5 sum of the *.iso file before you burned it to disk? You might also try test-booting the disk in another computer to see whether you get the same or different results.
 
Old 08-19-2015, 08:46 PM   #8
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As per instructions, I set the computer to boot from the DVD into the empty HDD.
What instructions were they? How did you set the computer to boot from the DVD "into" the HDD, that doesn't make sense?

Can you answer my 5 questions above rather than giving us a description so we can try and work out what's happening?

As we all appear to be saying, Booting the DVD should give you a Live Mint session complete with desktop, no password required.
You can download the current Mint 17.2 from the Mint website here Ensure you pick the correct version for the processor you have, either 32 or 64 bit.

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Old 08-19-2015, 09:00 PM   #9
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I see in your first post that you "unzipped" the *.iso. Could you explain more fully what you mean by that?

An *.iso file normally should not decompressed, but rather be burned directly to disk using the "burn image" (or whatever your software calls it) tool in your burning program. I don't know whether that might have any bearing on the issues you are encountering, but it might be worth looking into.
 
Old 08-21-2015, 06:50 AM   #10
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.....and using ImgBurn I wrote the program onto a DVD-RW and placed it in my DVD player { I wonder if the write vs burn has anything to do with this}.
If using imgburn you want the choice to burn as an image for the dvd to be bootable. I would go to the file and right click it and select to burn image from the right click menu. ImgBurn should be listed in the right click menu on Windows.

And, like frankbell said, you should not have had to "unzip" anything. The downloads on the Mint site are .iso files. If you have Winrar on your pc it makes it look like it needs to be unzipped as winrar assigns its icon to iso files unless you change preferences.
 
Old 08-21-2015, 09:10 AM   #11
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Sorry for the delay, had no connection for the past few days, I appreciate all the feedback, I now have a new download of the ISO file and will try to not unzip and burn as suggested, will return if needed. Thanks again
 
Old 08-22-2015, 02:50 AM   #12
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Make sure your download the ISO from here:
http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

And also follow the guide from here:
http://www.linuxmint.com/documentation.php
 
Old 08-22-2015, 09:58 AM   #13
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Installing Linux Mint

Thank you Bogeyman, I had tried again following the suggestions posted but to no avail, the site continued to ask for user and password, I was finally able to install using an alternate way, on the empty HDD, set it up, but when I went to reboot, an off white screen appeared with a nice looking logo, going nowhere...also the windows HDD does not recognize the existence of the other (the one with Mint) that used to be H.
I will try now to find the disk, format it and then use the link you provided, I had originally used the Linux Mint official site.I still question if Imgburn write means burn, as the program does not give a burn option, I tried also freeIsoburner but it refused to burn the file.
 
Old 08-22-2015, 10:36 AM   #14
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Yes, the term write/burn is used interchangeably since the writing process uses a laser to burn spots onto the disc. Windows does not recognize non windows file systems unless you install a special driver.

What is the nice looking logo? Were there any error messages of any kind? I assume you followed the install guide from the posted link.
 
Old 08-22-2015, 11:22 AM   #15
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Thanks Michaelk for clarifying the issue of write vs burn. Although I am seeing the two HDD in the setup screen, and in a program called Crystal disk info, windows7x64 is not showing the disk, before it was showing as disk H:\.
The logo is a full screen in off white with three dimensional letters saying LM and Linux Mint 17.2, it does not go anywhere from there.
What I now plan to do is find out how to get the second HD back, format it and then start all over, by the way, the link suggested above to download the program, was the one I used originally, the same one that has been asking for User/Password, something that people find hard to believe and the one I was finally able to install using the option to install in compatibility mode...
 
  


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