201303-Cinnamon-64 Failed USB Install [Solved!]

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201303-Cinnamon-64 Failed USB Install [Solved!]

Postby Mr. Green on Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:48 pm

First a bit of background:

I am very new to GNU/Linux, so my knowledge base is virtually zero. You have been forewarned. ;)

I'm running an almost brand new Windows 7 x64 system - Intel Celeron G1610 dual core @ 2.60 GHz with 6GB Ram.

I really want to get away from Windows, and have been learning LMDE within a VBox virtual machine to get used to it, and love it very much. :D

What I want to do, is set up a full linuxmint-201303-cinnamon-dvd-64bit (non-live) installation on my 32GB USB Flash Drive. I wrote the iso to another USB drive to create a live USB, and booted from it fine. I then clicked on the Install icon, and followed the installation process through, using the default for partition 1, but changing the root/home partition to ext2 to prevent flash wear from journalling. I put the Grub bootloader into partition 1. I then watched the installation all the way through to completion, and it said that the install was successful, and asked to reboot.

I clicked yes to reboot, but the system froze. I left it that way, waiting for around 30 minutes to be sure it would not complete the reboot, before having to manually power down the machine. When I go to boot from the USB drive, Grub flashes up a message that it doesn't recognise the file system.

Now the really strange thing (to me at least) - is that when I go back into my Windoze system and mount the USB Flash Drive, it is showing as a completely empty FAT32 filesystem, just the way it was before I installed LMDE. Colour me confused. :?

I do not understand how that can be, when I watched the install all the way through, and it was sure doing something, lol. But there is no data showing up on the device, and there is nowhere else the install could have written to, at least as far as my very limited knowledge can explain. The Live USB I used for the install is untouched, the native OS is exactly as it was before, and LMDE can't have installed to the HDD instead of the USB I allocated as the available free space is the same as it was before also.

If anyone has any ideas and is willing to patiently work with me on solving this issue, I will be most grateful to you. :D

Thanks in advance, and any further info you need, please ask.
Last edited by Mr. Green on Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:39 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: 201303-Cinnamon-64 Failed USB Install

Postby Mr. Green on Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:17 am

Little bit of extra information:

I opened a live session from the installer USB, and plugged in the flash drive I installed to - and all the folders and files from the installation are indeed in place. So for some reason, it seems that Grub is just not recognising the file system, which it states is "unknown".

Oh, and for some reason when I plug in the flash drive, two icons come up on the desktop for the same drive. One with the install on, and the other appears blank, but states that it is an MS Dos system?

Any ideas how I can salvage it from here please?
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Re: 201303-Cinnamon-64 Failed USB Install

Postby Monsta on Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:26 am

Mr. Green wrote:I am very new to GNU/Linux, so my knowledge base is virtually zero.

Then the best advice is to get Mint 13 LTS and start from there. LMDE is only gonna puzzle you; if not right now, then on the next major update.
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Re: 201303-Cinnamon-64 Failed USB Install [Soleved!]

Postby Mr. Green on Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:38 am

Consider this topic solved!

I decided to go for a fresh install, and this time, I learnt GParted and took care of the partitioning myself, rather than leaving it to automatic.

Booted up, and I am now talking to you from within a lovely fresh full install of LMDE Cinnamon - on my USB Flash Drive. :D

Success at last.
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