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Nicle 10-24-2011 06:31 PM

Linux Mint 11 installation freezes
 
Hi. I have a bit of a problem here.

I had formatted my HDD. I have patitioned the HDD into two and I managed to install Linux Mint 11 on the machine. Then I installed Windows 7. Dual boot, two partitions: windows at the front of the disk; linux at the end of the disk, on an extended partition after windows. Everything was fine...!

Today I decided to increase the space on the HDD partition where I installed Linux. I deleted all those /boot; /home; etc. partitions and formatted to 'fat32': same location, same partition, but a larger space on the HDD.

Now, I ran the Linux Mint 11 LiveCD and ran the installation.

The problem resides there. I can surpass the "choose language" dialog box and when I'm at the "Preparing to install Linux Mint" ... "For best results, please ensure........." etc etc (I got a check on everything), my computer freezes when I proceed with the installation. And doesn't show me all the various installing options.


Well, I think it has to do with the disk, partition, windows in front, etc. but I can't get a way to get past that. I could only managed to install it on a fresh formatted disk. When windows is installed, I can't do it. I don't know why!

BTW, I don't want to install it through windows. I want to do it by the LiveCD.

Anyone has any suggestion?

Thanks!

markush 10-24-2011 06:58 PM

Hi,

this is possibly an issue with ACPI or no ACPI, I'd recommend to read the Mint-documentation and find out how you can boot with appropriate options for the kernel.

Read here: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopi...=60008&start=0

Markus

yancek 10-24-2011 08:00 PM

How big is your hard drive?
You're not trying to install Mint on a FAT32 partition are you?
Boot the Mint CD and open a terminal and run this command: sudo fdisk -l(lower case letter L) and post that partition information here.
If you had it installed previously on this computer/hard drive, there is not reason you would not be able to do it again.

Nicle 10-24-2011 08:28 PM

Hi.

Quote:

mint@mint ~ $ sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000bf037

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 60802 488385536 b W95 FAT32


Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xd6767147

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 1 19458 156289024 7 HPFS/NTFS

WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sdc'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.


Disk /dev/sdc: 1500.3 GB, 1500301910016 bytes
256 heads, 63 sectors/track, 181688 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16128 * 512 = 8257536 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdc1 1 266306 2147483647+ ee GPT

Disk /dev/sdd: 1500.3 GB, 1500301910016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 182401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000e7292

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdd1 1 182402 1465137152 b W95 FAT32

WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/dm-0'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.


Disk /dev/dm-0: 3000.6 GB, 3000599052288 bytes
256 heads, 63 sectors/track, 363377 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16128 * 512 = 8257536 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 131072 bytes / 262144 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/dm-0p1 1 266306 2147483647+ ee GPT
Partition 1 does not start on physical sector boundary.
mint@mint ~ $

I have formatted the 500gb HDD, where I want to install it. I have a complete system image backup for windows. No worries.
Still. Formatted disk. Installation freezes. Partitions are @ fat32. I don't know what can I do more...

Nicle 10-24-2011 08:50 PM

I already tried to install with the ACPI deactivated on the BIOS, but no can do... I get the same freeze.

I have a RAID0. It might be the problem? ...humm... I don't believe.

markush 10-25-2011 02:27 AM

If yancek is right, it should help to create the partitions with the filesystems before running the Mint-installer.

Doesn't the installer give an option to create the filesystems? You will need at at least one partition with id 83 (Linux). Normally you'll use more than one partitions. And you'll have to create a Linux-filesystem on the partitions, but the installer should give you an option to do this automatically.

Markus

Nicle 10-25-2011 09:08 AM

Hi markush!

Well... I have booted the pc with Parted Magic to try to create the partition for the installation but Gparted hangs on one of the disks and quits, presenting no hard disks. I think it hangs on the RAID0. It simply quits on scanning the disks... Dunno why. I have booted, disabling the RAID0, but no luck.

In the Mint11 installation the installer freezes/hangs exactly before entering the possibility to choose to make the partitions. That's why I'm so frustrated! Because I don't even have access to the disks. :(

What do you mean with the:
Quote:

at least one partition with id 83 (Linux).
id83?

I'm installing windows as I speak and I'm going to create a partition there and try again... Damn!

Nicle 10-25-2011 09:25 AM

Next try, Windows installed, I have resized the partition on the " Disk Management" app to the end of the disk after windows. Unallocatted space. Still the same. It hangs upon the installation...

I think it's because of the RAID0 I have. But, what should I do? I can't disconnect the drives physically. I'll lost my data. Disabling te drives @ the BIOS doesn't work out too. :(

Nicle 10-25-2011 09:46 AM

Not even with the whole drive formatted to unallocated or fat32 or whatever... It hangs!
That's pretty strange! Is there any way to get past the RAID detection without disconnecting the drive physically?

Nicle 10-25-2011 11:05 PM

Problem solved. I have deleted RAID, installed Mint11 & back to hardware RAID again...
Everything's running perfectly. Nobody had the same issue as me. It must be specific of my hardware.

Thanks.


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