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Install by an complete newbie

Postby richardgc1 on Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:58 pm

Seem to be able to use Live CD but when I try to install have problems, When I hot Install a window opens and fast scrolls mostly seems to be error codes. when it proceeds I get past where I make sure I am Connected to internet then I get following error. "No root file system, No root file system is defined, Please correct this from Partitioning Menu. I am lost want and how etc.

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Re: Install by an complete newbie

Postby Pierre on Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:36 am

some basic questions 1st:-

- did you check that the MD5 check sum was correct on the ISO that you D/Ld ?
- what version of Mint was that ?.
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Re: Install by an complete newbie

Postby richardgc1 on Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:28 am

I believe it was 14.1. I don't understand what you mean by did you check that the MD5 check sum was correct on the ISO that you D/Ld ?
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Re: Install by an complete newbie

Postby Pierre on Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:20 am

MD5 checksum is one of the most common signature to make sure that a file that you have downloaded is not corrupt. Most websites post the MD5 checksum of a file on their download page


Under Linux or UNIX you can use MD5 checksum command to calculate the MD5 checksum of a file or an ISO image.

eg:- 2) Verify integrity of a Linux iso:
$ md5sum isofile.iso

eg: Output:

a0b162e26281ef097ee8b39b8690a8c2 isofile.iso

if it is not the same as what it should be, - then you do not have a ISO file that will work as intended.
- you can get all sorts of weird errors.

so check the ISO file that you used to make your live_cd .. ..

If it is not A.ok - then get another ISO & re-check that copy.
- then burn that copy & re-try your install.


Also - when booting from the live_cd - there is a option on that list - to perform a " integrity check" of that disk.
- which will also check the validity of the files on the disk
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Re: Install by an complete newbie

Postby gold_finger on Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:26 pm

richardgc1 wrote:I believe it was 14.1. I don't understand what you mean by did you check that the MD5 check sum was correct on the ISO that you D/Ld ?


Building on what Pierre said.

Boot up your "working" live Mint cd on the same computer that you downloaded the iso file on. (I'm going to assume it is a computer using MS Windows.) Choose to "test"/"use" Linux Mint, NOT "install" for right now.

Once it is up and running, open Firefox web browser (Menu/Internet/Firefox) and go to Linux Mint home page. From there go to the "Downloads" area and find the version that you downloaded. Click on it to go to the page for downloading that version. Now, part of the description on that page will have the MD5 value you need your iso file to match. At this point just minimize the browser (don't close it) to get it out of your way.

Next, you need to find the iso you downloaded on your Windows hard drive. To do this you're going to browse the file system in a fashion similar to using Windows Explorer. If you click the "Menu" button and then click "Computer" it should list the different drives on the computer. If you know which one you need, click (or doubleclick) to mount and open the drive. Then navigate to the folder that contains the iso file. (Probably under Users/Home/Downloads or something like that.) If you can't tell which drive is which, open one and look for the Users folder. If not there, close out and try the next one, etc.

Once you find the location, right click on the folder that contains the iso file and choose "Open Terminal Here".

Now (in the terminal) type the command in Pierre's post, but substitute the name of your iso file where he has "isofile.iso". For example, if you have the 64-bit Mate version, you would type:

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md5sum linuxmint-14.1-mate-dvd-64bit.iso


It will take 5-15+ seconds for the result to show, so just wait until it's done. Now maximize your browser window and compare the result shown in the terminal to that on the web page. If they are different, you need to download the iso again to get a good copy. If the iso file is good, then try burning another dvd at a slow rate of speed to reduce chance of errors.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Install by an complete newbie

Postby richardgc1 on Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:15 pm

First Cd must be no good . All I get is what is above. Re-downloaded from a different Mirror and burned to DVD-R. Boot disc but never got any choices like you said just install. When I clicked on that a widow opened in upper left with a bunch of scrolling info almost all were errors of one type or another. What am I doing wrong? Is there such a thing as Linux mint not being compatible.


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Re: Install by an complete newbie

Postby Scaramouche on Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:57 pm

richardgc1 wrote:Is there such a thing as Linux mint not being compatible.

It can be a possibility, but Mint usually is compatible with the majority of the hardwares. To me I always get some errors too, but usually some search and work can fix them. You can look for hardware compatibility to see if the one you use don't have any problems.
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