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

tb75252
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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18.3 On Two PCs...

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Post by tb75252 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:28 pm

JayM wrote:
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Re: PC2 it also has an outdated BIOS by two years, so same thing, try flashing the newest BIOS.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.
The problem with flashing the BIOS is that the manufacturer assumes that I either have Microsoft Windows installed, or that I can create a bootable USB stick. I have Linux installed and my BIOS can boot up from a DVD but not from a USB stick.

I have searched for instructions on how to create a boot DVD disc in Linux but what I found is beyond my understanding. Like this one for instance:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Fl ... from_Linux

The "Read Me (pdf)" link towards the bottom of
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/downlo ... BX10J-86A-
has links to sites that show how to create a bootable CD, but none of the links given work anymore!

Does anybody know of easy-to-follow instructions on how to create a bootable DVD in Linux for flashing the BIOS?

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

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Post by fehlix » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:06 pm

tb75252 wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:28 pm
I have Linux installed and my BIOS can boot up from a DVD but not from a USB stick.
This situation might be solved by Plop Boot Manager:
https://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager/intro.html wrote:The boot manager has a built-in ... usb driver to access that hardware without the help/need of a bios. You can boot the operating systems from ... USB.
Get latest plpbt-5.0.15.zip.
Extract the plpbt.iso from the zip-file and burn onto a CD.
When booted from the PloP-CD it will allow you to select to boot from an attached USB-boot stick.
You might need to try different USB-ports to boot from.
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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18.3 On Two PCs...

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Post by antiX-Dave » Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:52 pm

I feel as though we are missing a reason for why previous versions installed fine but the newest version requires a bios update... perhaps it may be worth while to try running the swapoff -a command manually vs through the installer. Hopefully will give a clue for why the installation would be stuck there. Possibly adding a -v for a verbose output.

On the chance that it succeeds manually, try running the installer with the swap off. Also if the swapoff does succeed yet the installer still fails it would give indication of a problem in the next step of the process that is not yet logged.

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