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Old 06-05-2015, 09:27 PM   #1
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Apparent error in completing Mint 17.1 install

I am trying to install Linix Mint Rebecca on a new Acer Aspire laptop. I downloaded the ISO and burned it to a DVD. It started right up and I tinkered with it a bit. Then it was time to do the install.

Everything wih the install seemed to go ok. I chose a complete install that took Windows 8.1 off completely and installed Linix Mint. It went through all of the expected questions and took off. From all appearances the install went fine.

When I reached the Instll Complete window I selected the Restart Now button to finalize the install. When I did, I got the following:

Broadcast message from root@mint (unknown) at 1737...
The system is going down for reboot now!
ModemManager[1279]: <info> Caught signal, shutting down...
ModemManager[1279}: <warn> Could not acquire the 'org.freedesktop.ModemManager1' service name
The DVD ejected and the system idled for 10 or so minutes so I powered down and then back up. The screen came up with a message "No bootable device"

I put the boot disc back in and rebooted sucessfully, but still in trial mode. I started the install process again and this time the warnign was that I was about to overwrite Linix Mint 17.1 so clearly it made it to the hard drive.

I went ahead and repeated the install process and got the same results.

There is probably something incredibly simple that I am missing but being new I have no idea what it is. If anyone has any suggestions about this I would love to hear them. Otherwise this laptop is goign to become a fairly expensive paperweight.

Thank you

Old 06-05-2015, 10:23 PM   #2
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If your computer has a Windows 8 sticker on it, you need to turn off Secure Boot so your BIOS will recognize any OS beyond Microsoft's preference.

Unless you have corrupt media (you can also reboot and select on the disks menu Mint's CD integrity checker), it sounds like that's the issue. Mint probably has keys you get around this, but your better off turning of Secure Boot. I found some Asus documentation on how to do that:

There also may be something going wrong with EFI configuration set up on it. Turning off all of that unless you have funky hardware is probably your path of least resistance.

For a background on what Secure Boot is, Microsoft made part of their Windows sticker certification that all new 8 PCs have a "feature" called Secure Boot that checks keys of installed operating systems. It's *cough, cough* intent to keep malware that may embed its in the boot process from starting up. A side effect (cough, benefit, getting over a monopoly cold) of it is that it prevents the user from reverting to an older version of Windows or an alternative OS without a proper key that the OS distributor has to pay for (SOL with secure boot and custom compiled kernels). Microsoft kindly took away the requirement for manufacturers to include an option to turn Secure Boot off with the Windows 10 sticker certification.

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