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Unable To Install MX Linux 18.3 On Two PCs...

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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18.3 On Two PCs...

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Post by tb75252 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:31 pm

JayM wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:56 pm
After you post the info for machine #2 (and please use the code tags, the icon that looks like </> instead of quotes), boot the MX USB, open a terminal and run

Code: Select all

sudo -E minstall > mx-installer.txt
then post the contents of that file here too (also wrapped in the code tags.) Thanks.
I should also add that both PCs get stuck to a line that says:
Applying power saving settings...
...when I shut down.

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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18.3 On Two PCs...

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Post by JayM » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:09 pm

Thanks for posting that information. Now we'll have to wait for the devs familiar with the new installer to troubleshoot further, now that they have some of the data they need.
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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18.3 On Two PCs...

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Post by JayM » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:41 pm

While we're waiting for the devs, I took another look at the information you posted and it doesn't look like you have any swap partitions. Did you manually partition your drive yourself with gparted then install to those existing partitions, or did you perform an automated installation using the entire disk? Or is that the point where the install is failing?

Check your BIOS/UEFI setup. If your computer is in RAID mode change it to IDE/SATA mode if that's available, otherwise choose AHCI.
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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18.3 On Two PCs...

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Post by tb75252 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:37 pm

JayM wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:41 pm
While we're waiting for the devs, I took another look at the information you posted and it doesn't look like you have any swap partitions. Did you manually partition your drive yourself with gparted then install to those existing partitions, or did you perform an automated installation using the entire disk? Or is that the point where the install is failing?

Check your BIOS/UEFI setup. If your computer is in RAID mode change it to IDE/SATA mode if that's available, otherwise choose AHCI.
A long time ago I used GParted Live to create the partitions on both desktops, including the Swap ones. And then I installed Linux on both of them.

Right now, the install procedure (using a DVD) is stuck at the second screen, the one that says "Choose disk for installation; Rearrange disk partition (optional); Select type of installation).

Linux has been installed on the PCs for several years. Desktop #1 has MX Linux. Desktop #2 has openSUSE Leap. They both work without problems. I just would like to be able to use the MX Linux install DVD, if for some reason I want to do a fresh install on one of the two PCs.

Both desktops' BIOS are set to IDE. They PCs do not have UEFI.

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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18.3 On Two PCs...

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Post by JayM » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:04 pm

Did you check the md5 sum of the MX 18.3 ISO you downloaded? Maybe the problem is a bad ISO image.
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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18.3 On Two PCs...

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Post by tb75252 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:15 pm

JayM wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:04 pm
Did you check the md5 sum of the MX 18.3 ISO you downloaded? Maybe the problem is a bad ISO image.
Yes, I verified it against the sha256 checksum.

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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18.3 On Two PCs...

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Post by JayM » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:19 pm

Well, you've stumped me. If you'll be online about 9 or 10 hours from now maybe you could bump this topic so it appears in the Recent Posts area at the top of the forum so someone who knows how to interpret your mxinstall.txt information and can figure out what's up with the installer on your two systems will see it.
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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18.3 On Two PCs...

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Post by JayM » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:00 pm

Re: PC1, it's five BIOS updates behind so you may wish to try flashing it with the latest BIOS.
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/downlo ... BX10J-86A-

Re: PC2 it also has an outdated BIOS by two years, so same thing, try flashing the newest BIOS.
https://us.msi.com/Motherboard/support/Eclipse_SLI

If you don't want to update their BIOSes and risk bricking your computers, try resetting them both to the default settings.

If they support booting from USB sticks try burning the ISO using the MX Live USB Maker and installing from that. It's possible that you have a bad DVD burn or your optical drive is failing.
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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18.3 On Two PCs...

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Post by AK-47 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:06 pm

Looking at the mxinstaller.txt contents that was posted earlier, it appears to be stuck trying to turn off the swap.
Do you have either a massive swap file/partition with other applications running in the background?

The live boot likes to turn on all swaps it finds, including ones that it sees on external HDDs or USBs that are marked as "swap" (I didn't come up with that idea, I promise!) and so the installer needs to compensate by turning off all the swaps again so it can safely use the drives it will work on.

Although if it's getting stuck for several minutes especially with no sign of disk activity, BIOS updates as JayM suggested may end up fixing the problem.
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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18.3 On Two PCs...

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Post by jcribbs » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:13 pm

I installed a live disk. When I installed on a dual boot with windows, I kept getting an error that I was trying to format a non linux disk as root.

How I fixed it --> I opened the mx partitioner (an option at install) and deleted my linux partition and the swap partition and recreated them both. My swap is 5000 mg. I just made this extra space AFTER my main partition. I then applied and made them permanent. I made them both Primary partitions. No extended or logical. You have to choose what to format them as. Main is ex4 and swap is just swap. Its in the menu.

AFTER you get them created and have applied your changes, THEN be sure and set your flag on your main mx partition as root. And then apply that.

Then it allowed me to choose the correct partitions for each of my four perimeters and installed correctly. Now I have a perfect dual boot system. Love it!!

Hope this helps, Jenn cribbs

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