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Old 03-23-2014, 03:39 PM   #1
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Wink Installing Linux Mint Mate on an ASUS M5A97 R2.0 Mainboard (M5A-97 R2.0)


Hi All,

I'm having some difficulty installing Linux Mint Mate in a box with an ASUS M5A97 R2.0 mainboard.

This mainboard requires a video card. I have an EVGA GTX 240 installed in the box.

I think this is likely EUFI related, but I don't know enough to be sure and I'd appreciate some troubleshooting tips to debug and remove this problem.

Here is what I see when I attempt to start Mate with a CD boot...

1. I see the Energy Star icon
2. I see the ASUS splash screen
3. I see the Linux Mint start screen (I press enter to try and start Mate from the CD)
4. The LM icon displays
5. Some text appeared in the upper left of the screen and disappeared quickly
6. The text in the upper left of the screen was replaced by a single, static underscore
7. After about 30 seconds, the underscore disappeared and a "stripe" appeared horizontally across the screen with intermittent white small rectangles (vertical and horizontal) making up this "stripe" that is about a 2" band across the center of the screen. Each of the small rectangle-like (they weren't perfect rectangles and a few had the color green as part of the rectanle-like figure) figures was about 1/4" long and 1/8" high. In a vague way, it almost looked like twisted rope across the screen. A 3.4" band appeared across the lower mid and lower left the computer monitor at the same times as the center band.
8. The system froze at this point in the process.

History:

It has been a while since I've worked this problem (9 months), so my recall isn't great. I recall formatting the HD for some reason, but I can't recall why now. It might have been related EUFI, though.

Any troubleshooting help is much appreciated. I've had a pretty nice set up sitting idle because this EUFI process has been so difficult. That and my kid wants the Windows PC to upgrade his gaming action. ;-)

TIA...
 
Old 03-23-2014, 04:00 PM   #2
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I went into the BIOS to share some settings:

Secure Boot OS: Other OS
Fast Boot: Disabled
CSM Compatibility Support Mode - Enabled
--Boot Device Control: UEFI & Legacy Only
--All other options are set to Legacy First
 
Old 03-23-2014, 05:03 PM   #3
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>>5. Some text appeared in the upper left of the screen and disappeared quickly<<

The text says "Welcome to Linux Mint" followed by a Linux Mint cursor on the line below it.

It automatically turns into a single static underline.

I also updated the BIO to the lates revision and observed the very same outcome as previously described.
 
Old 03-24-2014, 12:07 PM   #4
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Which LM Mate?

I also think it's uefi related
 
Old 04-04-2014, 01:48 PM   #5
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Which LM Mate?

I also think it's uefi related
Hi Chris,

I tried Linux Mint 16 MATE 64-bit, as well as the previous (15?) 64 bit version. Both ended with the nonsensical "splash screen."

I also tried Fedora-Live-Desktop-x86_64-20-1. It ended in similar fashion, with a nonsensical "splash screen" of a different shape.
 
Old 04-04-2014, 08:46 PM   #6
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Hi All,

I tired the 32 bit version of Mate 16 and it yielded the same result as originally described.

Last edited by GNewbie; 04-04-2014 at 09:54 PM.
 
Old 04-07-2014, 05:27 AM   #7
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From your description I'd reckon that your video card isn't initialising properly or perhaps I mean being configured properly for Mate.
Anybody know if Mint Mate has Nvidea drivers included, though I'd assume generic ones should do? I know Ubuntu from a live CD asks if you'd like to use them, but then again, it's brought the video up on generic. Hmmm... Sorry, I'm rambling.

Play Bonny!

 
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From your description I'd reckon that your video card isn't initialising properly or perhaps I mean being configured properly for Mate.
Anybody know if Mint Mate has Nvidea drivers included, though I'd assume generic ones should do? I know Ubuntu from a live CD asks if you'd like to use them, but then again, it's brought the video up on generic. Hmmm... Sorry, I'm rambling.

Play Bonny!

Excellent call.

I found the solution here... first post on the Mint Installation and Boot forum thread. ;-)

http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=122257

Thanks to all who helped.
 
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:43 AM   #9
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Cheers GNewbie!

I'm hoping this will also hold for Ubuntu. I had to replace my Mobo recently and needed to rescue my data while using Ubuntu 10.04LTS... Support for which ran out in November while I was sourcing the Mobo so I also needed to upgrade, in this case to 12.04LTS ( one step at a time!) I needed a minimal system and had to use the onboard video to rescue my info and also upgraded in this configuration but left the original config flies, etc. I also wasn't sure the video card was OK after my Mobo failure.

Replacing the card, an HP badged PCI-e Nvidia Quadro NVS 285 dual headed thingy, The system booted OK with POST info on both screens so the card's looking fine. It only got to a CLI boot screen though and a "startx" command got me flashing cursors in the top left of the screens.
I haven't found anything definite in /var/log/messages, dmesg or any of the other logs regarding the xserver but had come to the conclusion that I wanted to disable the Nvidia drivers and use the generic ones instead, (The system boots fine on a live Ubuntu 12.04 CD)

I'm hoping your post will help, it only appeared on my phone this morning! I'll let you know,

Thanks again,

Play Bonny!

 
  


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