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Old 09-02-2014, 05:22 PM   #1
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Cinnamon crashes with Linux Mint 17 live CD - "you are currently in fallback mode"


Hey guys, I'm trying to install Mint on a computer of a friend of mine and I get a "Cinnamon crashed, you are currently in fallback mode error" when booting from the setup CD (which I have used for successful installations already).

I never get to see the full desktop with the "Install Linux Mint" icon

The computer has an NVIDIA video card which might have something to do with it (link)

I found some other topic on the www, but all concerned completed installations and suggested to update NVIDIA drivers. All is nice, but how do I do that on a computer that doesn't have Mint installed yet ??

Any suggestions on how to proceed?
(processor is Athlon 64 fwiw)
 
Old 09-02-2014, 05:32 PM   #2
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Fallback mode can be taken care of after completing install by installing the proprietary drivers after reboot into OS.
 
Old 09-03-2014, 01:55 AM   #3
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^^

I cannot install Mint because Cinnamon already crashes after booting from Live CD

I need someone to point me out how to install Mint from fallback mode
 
Old 09-03-2014, 02:23 AM   #4
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So there is no option to install Mint unless you use it in Live mode, is that correct?
 
Old 09-03-2014, 02:29 AM   #5
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So there is no option to install Mint unless you use it in Live mode, is that correct?
I assume you can install Mint without having to boot into Cinnamon.

But I don't know how. The Install guide says diddly squad about the several boot options and how to proceed installing Mint from anything but the standard boot mode.
 
Old 09-03-2014, 04:40 AM   #6
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I am far from a Mint expert, but I found this from their website:

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If you are unable to boot Linux Mint with an NVIDIA card, or if you are experiencing constant freezes and system lock ups, please append "nomodeset" to your boot arguments. At the boot menu of the live DVD/USB, press Tab to edit the boot arguments and add "nomodeset" at the end of the line.

If you're still having issues, you can also remove "quiet splash --" from that same line.

Alternatively you can use the "nouveau.noaccel=1" boot argument.

Once the system is installed, use the Driver Manager to install the nvidia-304 driver.
When you get into the boot arguments via the "TAB" key, there may also be options for resolution. I know that openSUSE installers on occasion select an incorrect resolution during install and the graphic display fails. Hope it helps.
 
Old 09-03-2014, 05:49 AM   #7
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You should be able to install Mint from the Live CD in Compatibility Mode.

If I remember correctly, with Mint. you can boot the live CD into compatibility mode by interrupting the countdown for automatically booting and then select the option from the menu. I think just hitting ESC will show you this menu. Once booted you can install Mint and then you will need to install the Nvidia driver from the driver management application.

It sounds like the problem is with the Nouveau driver and your particular card. I have had similar issues with Linux Mint 17 RC, but for my card they were fixed with the release.
 
Old 09-03-2014, 08:08 AM   #8
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IIRC I tried compatibility mode and I couldn't install from there either
 
Old 09-03-2014, 08:31 AM   #9
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And what happened when you tried the "nodmodeset" option suggested by purevw? That seems to work on the Ubuntu type systems in most cases.
 
Old 09-03-2014, 11:31 AM   #10
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And what happened when you tried the "nodmodeset" option suggested by purevw? That seems to work on the Ubuntu type systems in most cases.
I will try that when I have access to the computer again.

Thanks for help until now.
 
  


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