Installation Hangs at 94% Linux Mint 4.0 Light

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Installation Hangs at 94% Linux Mint 4.0 Light

Postby hal8000 on Sun May 04, 2008 2:31 pm

I'm using a DVD of Linux Mint 4.0 from Linux Format magazine (LXF105).

My DVD boots and Linux Mint works perfectly in Live Mode. I note that libata library is present as my IDE drives
are recognized as sda# and optical drives scd#

I used the install icon on the desktop, installed into custom partitions sda11 (6G) for /, sda12 for /home (3G) and swap as sda6 (I am running
other distros). My first hard drive has 23 partitions, only first 15 are recognized (not really a problem).

The install process gets as far as 94% and then hangs.
I know that software has been installed as partitions were formatted and output of df below:
Imint@mint:~$ df
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
df: `/lib/modules/2.6.17-10-generic/volatile': No such file or directory
df: `/lib/modules/2.6.17-10-generic/volatile': No such file or directory
df: `/lib/modules/2.6.17-10-generic/volatile': No such file or directory
df: `/lib/modules/2.6.20-15-generic/volatile': No such file or directory
--snip
/dev/sda11 5863496 2085340 3778156 36% /target
/dev/sda12 4891556 32848 4858708 1% /target/home

I'm not sure why this is failing, output of dmesg shows no errors and ctrl-alt-F1 shows no useful
output.

Is there any way to increase the installer verbosity or turn on debugging messages?

I have a feeling the root cause is the libata library present in the kernel,... I have had similar problems
installing Ubuntu 7.04, 7.10 and 8.04 and given up on Ubuntu now.
Mint version (unless theres a better way)
mint@mint:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 7.10
Release: 7.10
Codename: gutsy



Is there any way to disable libata on boot or from the command line, it would be nice to see all my distros though not essential.
In Suse libata can be disabled by appending hwprobe=-modules.pata to the grub menu.lst. This only works in Suse as menu.lst
is parsed by a Suse central config file.
Hardware:
Asus P4P800E motherboard (Intel 865PE chipset)
Intel P4 2.8G 800FSB
Nvidia Geforce 7600GS
Maxtor 160G UDMA100 (/dev/hda) on IDE0
Western Digital 160G UDMA100 (dev/hdb)

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Installation Hangs at 94% Linux Mint 4.0 Light

Postby Husse on Sun May 04, 2008 3:33 pm

I see you have PATA drives - on a SATA drive you can only have 15 partitions
If libata is present it may have that limitation
And you are recommended not to have more than 12 logical partitions have I seen
Read the troubleshooter for the live CD (as valid for the dvd)
http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php ... ur_Live_CD
There is a foolproof way to boot the live CD into recovery mode described there
Frankly I don't know what you should do, but the piix "trick" mentioned in the troubleshooter may help as it has to do with handling of disks
And - I don't find libata in my system - at least not as libata?? :)
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Re: Installation Hangs at 94% Linux Mint 4.0 Light

Postby hal8000 on Sun May 04, 2008 5:26 pm

Thanks, the piix may be a solution.

I can run the Live CD of Daryna no problem, so what changes between running the live CD and installation?
It uses the same kernel, this is what I cannot understand.
I'll try the options from the wiki and thanks for a reply.
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Re: Installation Hangs at 94% Linux Mint 4.0 Light

Postby Husse on Mon May 05, 2008 6:01 am

Well the main difference is that it's installed :)
Just joking
Another main issue is that the live CD does not use grub to boot but isolinux
This could create problems and I've seen a few....
That said mostly the install just installs :)
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