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Old 12-10-2014, 04:46 PM   #1
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Trouble installing Mint 17.1


Hi all. I'm new to Linux but not new to installing operating systems. This is the problem that I'm having.
I downloaded and successfully burned the ISO image. When it starts to boot it does the boot up count down and then my screen turns white for 3 or 4 seconds, then black, then a white square at the top left of my screen. I have let it sit for as much as 30 minutes but nothing more happens. So I do a hard restart and come to the same place again. I've tried hitting keys (enter, escape, etc ) but nothing happens.

My system is pretty new.....ASUS saber tooth Z97 , plenty of ram, GT 650 NVidia card. I have 2 SSD's each with a windows operating system on them and a Western digital with an open partition where I want to install Linux

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 12-11-2014, 12:14 AM   #2
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Check the md5 of the iso. Could be a bad download or burn.
 
Old 12-13-2014, 05:05 PM   #3
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I am experiencing exactly the same with 17. Please explain about checking the MD5 sum and how to do it.

Last edited by peterdee; 12-16-2014 at 01:08 PM. Reason: extra info
 
Old 12-13-2014, 05:56 PM   #4
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I am experiencing exactly the same. Please explain about checking the MD5 sum and how to do it.
did the iso burn went successfully? there was a message say it was ok?

is it possible that you got MBR virus? the computer had an anti virus?
 
Old 12-13-2014, 06:08 PM   #5
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I downloaded twice from 2 different sites and even burned the ISO image on a different computer. All give me the same result. It boots and counts down then freezes with a small white window at the top left corner of my screen. Hard restart is the only way out.
However I tried a suggestion from a geek friend and downloaded a Virtual box and installed Mint from within. Works great with out all heartburn. It setup from the first ISO image that I downloaded so I know it was a good burn.
 
Old 12-13-2014, 07:00 PM   #6
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Tell me about Virtual Box and how it works. I am on 32 bit, the blurb is a bit confusing on that. Does the i386 do it for 32 bit?

Last edited by peterdee; 12-13-2014 at 07:05 PM. Reason: extra info
 
Old 12-13-2014, 10:12 PM   #7
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I would try to append "nomodeset" parameter to kernel command line.
Being booted to menu (at countdown stage) press 'e' key, navigate to the string that starts with "linux" word and add through the gap "nomodeset" at the end of string (without the quotes). Press F10 to start booting
 
Old 12-13-2014, 10:20 PM   #8
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Check out this Linux web site. It explains all you need to know about virtual box. It's working great for me within Windows 8.1.



http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/201...s-virtual.html


The link provided in the article doesn't work properly unless you insert www after http://

Last edited by warewasher; 12-13-2014 at 10:23 PM.
 
Old 12-14-2014, 12:08 AM   #9
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Hello, I see that you are having a problem there. Would you like to troubleshoot that? (windows joke)


Anyway, I think you sould make a bootable usb. If you have a USB laying around then you can make it boot MANY different operating systems.

I use a thing called Unetbootin ( http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ ) You just take the iso and select it with unetbootin, choose your usb, then just hit OK! Then just sit back, relax, and wait for the magic

If you need more help, here is a video tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nB_3mW2CnU

hope this helps!
 
Old 12-15-2014, 06:51 PM   #10
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I tried the "unetbootin" that got me to Mint 15. Couldn't see how to get Mint 17. Then tried entering "e" during countdown. By selecting "compatability mode" I was able to get it to boot from DVD. Then I could install it. Job done! Not likely! It won't boot! I'm back to running it off the DVD as I deleted my other operating systems during install. Any comments/suggestions?
 
Old 12-16-2014, 01:45 PM   #11
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Now I have had a go with Mint 17.1. Download and burn to DVD, no problem. Run from DVD; no chance, unless I press the e button and let it continue in "compatability mode". It did install but it boots to crash unless I request it to boot in recovery mode. Not good. It's a bit like having your not start unless you have fiddled under the bonnet, and then you are limited to 30mph. Maybe I should continue with an older version. 15 seems fine,but I should probably go for 13 as it is the LTS version. Any comments out there?
 
Old 12-16-2014, 06:25 PM   #12
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If you are having a problem similar to the original poster, it is probably a graphics card problem and you may need to install additional drivers. There is an option in the Control Center or System Settings, depends upon which Mint you are using where you can install the drivers.

If you are having problems with 17, you could try 13 as it will have over two years support whereas 15 is not supported at all, no updates no new software.
 
Old 12-16-2014, 07:38 PM   #13
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Yes, changed the driver to the recommended NVidia. Makes sense as I have Nvidia graphics. However net result is the same, crashes to a multicoloured screen. But that could indicate a graphics problem? Booted in recovery and it reported a problem with the Xserver. It continued to boot asking me for user name and password, then looked for a command; $ then I was in trouble because I don't know commands! If you can give me the commands, I can go back into 17.1 and try different drivers. Might I have to download something? All comments appreciated.
 
Old 12-16-2014, 09:46 PM   #14
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How do you change to nvidia driver if it is not running/installed? Linux has its own nvidia drivers (nouv..?) anyway, so should still work.
Did it run ok as a live "cd" ? And did you do the md5 or sha test?
If it won't run live it won't install too well.

Fred.
 
Old 12-16-2014, 11:40 PM   #15
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There is Linux distro KaOS, that has both NVidia and nouveau drivers on their liveDVD. You could try to boot from this liveDVD to test your video card with both drivers in live mode without installation. You can select which driver will be used in boot menu.

http://kaosx.us/download/
 
  


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