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Old 04-06-2016, 04:31 PM   #1
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Installation Problems Any Distro


Hello all.

I'm doing an exercise for school and I'm supposed to scour the internet/forums for different installation problems for different Linux distributions. So I want to ask you guys, what problems have you come across while installing your favorite distro of Linux? How did you solve that problem?

Looking forward to hearing all the answers you guys have! Thanks in advance
 
Old 04-06-2016, 04:51 PM   #2
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I have often PEBCAK problem when installing my favorite distro. Gentoo stage3 tarball has no NFS support and I keep forgetting it. My portage is on NFS, so after fresh install I cannot install anything because I cannot mount portage. Back to booting install media, chrooting ...
 
Old 04-06-2016, 04:51 PM   #3
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One that I've seen a few times is that Chromebooks, after switching to a straight seabios, Fedora DOES NOT like being able to edit their paritioning. I've had several chromebooks I've used that Fedora installer would crash on because of how they're partitioned for Chrome. Easy solution was to pop in Debian install USB, remove all the partitions, then boot back to the Fedora install which could now easily partition the drive (since it was now "blank").

Biggest issue I normally see is the necessity of non-free firmware needed to get network working, so you can install the firmware to get the network working. Requires a little forethought, and having the firmware on a USB key, but never been stopped dead because of it before.
 
Old 04-06-2016, 04:52 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Beefybison View Post
So I want to ask you guys, what problems have you come across while installing your favorite distro of Linux? How did you solve that problem?
Hi...

Wireless adapter (driver) support is a common issue and I faced that once with one of my adapters, which I was able to solve using the method I described here.

Regards...
 
Old 04-06-2016, 05:19 PM   #5
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wireless and video have been my main issues post-install. Others are Fn keys on laptops, touchpads, screen brightness, misc stuff. Most of the time can be solved with tweaking here and there.

Samsung laptop: changing brightness didn't work, had to install samsung-tools and easy-slow-down-manager and a few tweaks, it worked beautifully.
Samsung laptop: After trying to install Chakra, Fedora, Korora, and a few other new "bleeding-edge" distros, it looked like it installed and failed on reboot, would say not boot medium found. Could have been something wrong I did during install, not sure. Well I never solved it, just installed Debian Stable and no issues.
Lenovo laptop: wirelss and Fn keys not working: Installed newer kernel that came with drivers that supported the hardware.
Dell Precision desktop: Nouveau driver looked horrible on Nvdia card. Had to install closed-source driver for it work right.

those are just a few.
 
Old 04-06-2016, 07:12 PM   #6
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Saw a weird one the other day. The laptop would never shutdown but always reboot. Needed to disable "wake on lan" in the bios to get it to shutdown...
 
Old 04-07-2016, 09:19 PM   #7
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Beefybison,

good to see Linux in schools, I doubt if UK schools have such a curriculum.

Biggest problem is hardware/firmware and binary blobs.

Fred.
 
Old 04-08-2016, 12:39 AM   #8
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really ZERO ISSUES

OpenSUSE is very easy to install and have not had any hardware issues
Debian 8 is even easier

this is a few years old machine , so when i installed a usb3 card
Opensuse AUTO detected it and there was NO NEED to install any "driver"

much easier than on Windows ( needed "special" software from the manufacture)
 
Old 04-08-2016, 12:45 PM   #9
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As far as the installers are concerned, most are very simple these days. Some-one once told me he'd spent an hour installing a new version of Windows: Linux is often done in 20 minutes, and that's with far more software installed.

Anaconda, used by Red Hat, Fedora, and CentOS, is rather complicated when it comes to partitioning, because it gives so many options that others don't bother with, like setting up logical volume management on a multi-disk server.

Arch doesn't have an installer. You just get a list of command to type in very carefully! The first time I managed it, the second time I lost my internet connection halfway through.

Debian has a thing about proprietary drivers, so if you need one you have to get it first and have it ready on a usb stick: then you can tell the installer to use it.

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Old 04-08-2016, 01:00 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Beefybison View Post
Hello all.

I'm doing an exercise for school and I'm supposed to scour the internet/forums for different installation problems for different Linux distributions. So I want to ask you guys, what problems have you come across while installing your favorite distro of Linux? How did you solve that problem?

Looking forward to hearing all the answers you guys have! Thanks in advance
For when I have problems it's a combination of "Boy that's a pain in the backside!" for something new that really didn't work, and then I gave up on it. Over to "Aw, C'mon! I'm smarter than this!" for something where I sink my teeth in and get it working because I feel this just should not be rocket science. And usually it's because I got some new medium, like a flash stick that has hidden-ware on it for Windows backup, or I screwed up a step/downloaded the wrong image, etc, etc.

There are the few where you have to customize for a particular machine because it's special WRT the rest of the world. Once I encounter that enough times I take an axe to that machine and move on. I don't wish to be relishing some fact that I got it working on some obtuse, intermediate design that isn't yet mainstream or never will be.

I feel in the main, installs work and the problems lie in the wide variety of hardware as well as available choices which can lead one down a non-working install until they either give up or figure out how to select the right form of a distribution for their hardware.

To add to that and in support of my swear and give up situation, that also means that it is not a favorite distro. For the favorite distros, I'm familiar with them and usually don't have install problems.

Note also that once successfully installed, I pretty much never encounter a not working situation. Probably because I run it live first.

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Old 04-08-2016, 04:07 PM   #11
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Because I have an older laptop (Dell Inspiron) with well known hardware I don't have install problems. I use Chakra with free ATI drivers.
 
Old 04-09-2016, 07:56 AM   #12
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I usually never have a problem. If you are smart enough to install DOS 5.0 you should have no problem with any distro. Before any Distro releases it's ISO Image it is tested on many systems. So. Other then a bad burn. I never have a problem.
Why do I say DOS 5.0 because then you understand the basics of a Disk Operating System. Hard drive partition a File allocation Table and a swap space partition.

since your installing the linux kernel with the GNU tree then you should understand root "/"

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Because I have an older laptop (Dell Inspiron) with well known hardware I don't have install problems. I use Chakra with free ATI drivers.
Installing and graphic issues are two different things. one step at a time

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Old 04-10-2016, 11:39 AM   #13
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The usual quandaries.

* Networking drivers / firmware not available out of the box. And needed to complete the installation.

* The default kernel not fully compatible with the CPU architecture. And needed to boot the system.

* Poor choices in bootloader configurations. And needed to boot the system.

* Poor choices in GPU drivers and booting to a GUI by default. And needed to use the system.

* Default users and passwords that are not documented in proximity of, or on the same page as, the download link/button. And needed to use the system.

Most of which are solvable with a second machine and/or an existing linux install and some know how.
 
Old 04-10-2016, 12:25 PM   #14
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Make sure to mention that when you google installation problems there are lots of problems with Windows installations. Just a nice one liner.
 
Old 04-10-2016, 03:39 PM   #15
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So I want to ask you guys, what problems have you come across while installing your favorite distro of Linux? How did you solve that problem?
The only problem is lack of knowledge, it doesn't depend on which distro do you use - it may be linux or windows. If you have no knowledge (in other words you are newbie), you probably will run into problems.
How to solve that problems? Self-education helps to solve them.

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