February 17th, 2014, 11:27 AM
Linux Mint (Kubuntu) won't install
I was hoping to start on the road to replacing M$, but seem to have fallen at the first hurdle.
Linux Mint 13 (Maya) refuses to install, I get some scrolling message about a 'timeout killing', and the internet is littered with other with the same problem but no fix.
When I say no fix, none of the 'compatability' settings work!
APIC / MODESET etc..
eventually it just hangs with
I'm installing from USB, and there is a CD rom in the PC, does this mean anything to anyone?
line 1: ELF : not found
line 2 <>: not found
line 3 syntax error: unexpected ")"
mount /dev/sda1 on cdrom failed: No such device.
February 19th, 2014, 02:28 PM
what are the hardware specs for the PC you're trying to perform the install?...or, how old is the PC?
if its a 10yo or older PC, you may want to try the boot options "noapic" and "noacpi"
February 20th, 2014, 08:59 AM
It's an old HP DX6100 MT Pentium 4.
I've tried all the compatibility options, but no joy.
I've tried Debian 7 'Wheezy', it failed with problems also.
Not sure if the UBootIn program I used to create the boot USB is the issue?
I'm going to use a VM install of Linix Mint to create the bootable USB and see if that helps.
February 20th, 2014, 11:48 AM
Just a thought, but if it's hanging on the CD/ROM mount, then try disconnecting the CD/ROM and see if the install pushes through.
"I don't need to get a life. I'm a gamer. I have lots of lives!"
February 20th, 2014, 12:34 PM
ok, give this a try as it may be that your pc is old enough not to support USB boot properly out-of-the-box.
Originally Posted by 1DMF
go HERE and download PlopBootManager pkg http://download.plop.at/files/bootmngr/plpbt-5.0.14.zip
extract everything from the ZIP and look for the ISO file.
burn that "as an image" to a blank cd.
boot from that CD and select the USB option as what you want to boot from [make sure the usb is inserted before selecting the USB option].
See if that allows proper access to the USB device for doing the install.
At the very least it will only cost you a burned cd if it doesn't work.
I have used this on one of my old servers to get USB boot functioning. [2001 Aopen DX3R-1U]
February 20th, 2014, 12:55 PM
After installing MintStick and then using it to create a boot USB via Image Writer, it has installed absolutely fine, no problems (well so far).
So it looks like it was UNetBootIn that's the problem.
I'd used it to also create the Debian 7 USB boot, which also failed.
I guess the windows version of UNetBootIn doesn't create a workable USB, or at least not for old machines.