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I had formatted my HDD. I have patitioned the HDD into two and I managed to install Linux Mint 11 on the machine. Then I installed Windows 7. Dual boot, two partitions: windows at the front of the disk; linux at the end of the disk, on an extended partition after windows. Everything was fine...!
Today I decided to increase the space on the HDD partition where I installed Linux. I deleted all those /boot; /home; etc. partitions and formatted to 'fat32': same location, same partition, but a larger space on the HDD.
Now, I ran the Linux Mint 11 LiveCD and ran the installation.
The problem resides there. I can surpass the "choose language" dialog box and when I'm at the "Preparing to install Linux Mint" ... "For best results, please ensure........." etc etc (I got a check on everything), my computer freezes when I proceed with the installation. And doesn't show me all the various installing options.
Well, I think it has to do with the disk, partition, windows in front, etc. but I can't get a way to get past that. I could only managed to install it on a fresh formatted disk. When windows is installed, I can't do it. I don't know why!
BTW, I don't want to install it through windows. I want to do it by the LiveCD.
How big is your hard drive?
You're not trying to install Mint on a FAT32 partition are you?
Boot the Mint CD and open a terminal and run this command: sudo fdisk -l(lower case letter L) and post that partition information here.
If you had it installed previously on this computer/hard drive, there is not reason you would not be able to do it again.
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/dm-0p1 1 266306 2147483647+ ee GPT
Partition 1 does not start on physical sector boundary.
mint@mint ~ $
I have formatted the 500gb HDD, where I want to install it. I have a complete system image backup for windows. No worries.
Still. Formatted disk. Installation freezes. Partitions are @ fat32. I don't know what can I do more...
If yancek is right, it should help to create the partitions with the filesystems before running the Mint-installer.
Doesn't the installer give an option to create the filesystems? You will need at at least one partition with id 83 (Linux). Normally you'll use more than one partitions. And you'll have to create a Linux-filesystem on the partitions, but the installer should give you an option to do this automatically.
Well... I have booted the pc with Parted Magic to try to create the partition for the installation but Gparted hangs on one of the disks and quits, presenting no hard disks. I think it hangs on the RAID0. It simply quits on scanning the disks... Dunno why. I have booted, disabling the RAID0, but no luck.
In the Mint11 installation the installer freezes/hangs exactly before entering the possibility to choose to make the partitions. That's why I'm so frustrated! Because I don't even have access to the disks.
What do you mean with the:
at least one partition with id 83 (Linux).
I'm installing windows as I speak and I'm going to create a partition there and try again... Damn!
Not even with the whole drive formatted to unallocated or fat32 or whatever... It hangs!
That's pretty strange! Is there any way to get past the RAID detection without disconnecting the drive physically?