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mint 5 fluxbox cannot install

Postby azurehi on Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:32 pm

Hello - whenever I attempt to install mint 5 fluxbox, the installation hangs/stop when the partitioner reaches 46%. I have reburned the live cd image nd still cannot install. I have 4 linux partitons and am attempting to inst fluxbox in one of them. Any help appreciated.

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Re: mint 5 fluxbox cannot install

Postby Husse on Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:28 pm

Reburned - good - but did you check the md5sum?
I have seen very few reports on install problems with this edition yet
You write
partitioner reaches 46%

I can't remember a percentage for the partitioner - do you mean general progress?
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Re: mint 5 fluxbox cannot install

Postby KHall on Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:59 pm

I've had exactly the same problem with the Mint installation hanging when it reaches 46% total progress for installation. I'm trying to install on an old Compaq Presario laptop (1200XL). It has Windows 98 on it currently. There is no data I need any longer on the drive, and obviously I could care less about Win 98. The machine boots fine from the CD and from the boot menu. I selected the option to install Mint and everything goes along fine until the progress counter reaches 46%. At that point, though the CD continues to spin, everything essentially freezes and after waiting, even hours, nothing more happens. Any idea on, or suggestions for, this issue would be appreciated!!
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Re: mint 5 fluxbox cannot install

Postby Husse on Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:41 am

Hanging at 46% is new to me
Have you partitioned?
If my memory serves me right this is after partitioning
Can you tell us what the installer is doing at that stage?
There should be at least some clue, like copying files ...
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Re: mint 5 fluxbox cannot install

Postby KHall on Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:33 pm

Husse wrote:Hanging at 46% is new to me
Have you partitioned?
If my memory serves me right this is after partitioning
Can you tell us what the installer is doing at that stage?
There should be at least some clue, like copying files ...


No, I made no effort to do any partitioning beforehand and wasn't presented with an opportunity to partition during the failed install either. I booted the machine from the Mint CD and selected to option to install. There was general progress meter that got to 46% and then stalled. I waited several hours to see if it would continue on (this machine is about 8 years old after all), but no success. I suspect the machine just doesn't meet the minimum requirements for Mint. I'd like to include what the installer was doing, but I can't even get the machine to boot to the menu from the CD anymore. If i make any more progress, I'll post further. If anyone has an opinion about minimum system requirements for Mint 5, I'd love to hear it.
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Re: mint 5 fluxbox cannot install

Postby Husse on Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:04 am

To be sure I'd have to start an install, but I have a feeling partitioning is (way) before 46%
The minimum to install (the same as to run the live CD) is about 300 MB RAM (but then it will be slow) 10 GB disk space (absolute minimum about 5 GB) and at least a PIII processor or similar
If you have less RAM you can use Knoppix or some such very low resource Linux to create a swap partition and the live CD will use it
To run Mint the requirements are much lower, how much is depending on the edition
Fluxbox would probably run on about 100 MB
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Re: mint 5 fluxbox cannot install

Postby bjtucker on Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:19 pm

I had the same problem with both Mint 5 and Mint 5 Fluxbox and kept getting an error message at the same point. The message suggesting a number of possibilities such as a faulty CD drive or insufficient ram. I got the original image from a magazine cover disk and tried downloading a fresh copy of the Mint 5 image from a Mint website. I burnt this at the lowest speed but this also crashed. I then downloaded the Fluxbox edition and this again crashed at the same point - 46%. Finally, I tried burning and installing both Mint 5 and Mint 5 Fluxbox images on another PC but both again crashed at the same point. I gave up and downloaded the 64bit version of Mint 5 and this installed first time and is the best Linux distribution I have used to date.

The fact that several people have experienced crashes at 46%, suggests the error message I got was misleading and that it is not due to a hardware problem. I had CD drive problems many years ago with Red Hat and the installation crashed at a different point each time. In this case I tried both partitioning myself before installation and allowing the installer to partition - which it did because the crash occurred much later. I suspect there may be an error in a script in the 32 bit versions but I could be completely wrong.

I have returned to Linux after a break of a couple of years and am very impressed with Mint 5 after getting the 64bit version working. I previously used SUSE which had very good hardware recognition but I was dubious about Novell's acquisition of it, after the demise of other successful products they took over in the past. I tried the latest version of SUSE a couple of weeks ago but gave up because of its poor hardware recognition.
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Re: mint 5 fluxbox cannot install

Postby Husse on Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:45 am

I'll take a look at this but as my installs have crashed at grub install (94%) if they ever crashed it's not easy...
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Re: mint 5 fluxbox cannot install

Postby Husse on Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:33 pm

I give up on this one - it is not possible to search for "install crashes at 46%" as the stupid google :) returns hits on every post that has been posted at a point in time with 46 seconds in it (like 23:58:46)
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