. . . because, you say, "the install went well" . . . but then are saying that you want to "partition the drive" . . .
fair enough, reverse those, I went through the install process (which seemed normal) it began with the partitioning. After setting up my partitions, I went to the next step, entered the time zone, my credentials etc. and it appeared to install normally. At the end of the install process it asks to continue or reboot. I selected reboot, the system ejected the media, and the second time for sure I did get some sort of disk write error.... Upon reboot, the system hangs during bios. It begins with the bios version, the RAM count, the media interrogation and displays my DVD-ROM, then the hard drive, and then instead of moving through all the rest of the bios stuff, it doesn't. It just hangs indefinitely at the hard drive where mint was just installed. The machine isn't locked up, as I said I can press the delete key at any time, and a few lines up on the screen it changes to "Entering Bios" just like it normally would if I were to press the delete key during the boot process. But it never does enter Bios, it just hangs, unable to move forward because its waiting for something from the hard drive.
Do you get to the GRUB window when you boot the system?
No, I never get past the bios. Which means I can't boot the system from a cd, DVD, or USB key with the hard drive plugged in. It's just paused in bios land. If I remove the hard drive, the machine boots fine and either asks for boot media or will boot fine from a DVD-ROM or USB key.
Did you set up a partition for GRUB?
Hmm, The live installer doesn't ask for a GRUB partition from what I can tell. Maybe that's it. I can wipe the drive again and try and see. But I don't remember ever having to do this before. See my partition setup below.
update: I was able to remove the drive from the system, install in another machine, boot with a live cd with Qparted and simply remove all partitions from the drive. Then, when I re-installed in the original machine it flies through the bios like normal and then just halts as their is no OS. I booted into the Live CD again, tried to install again, and this time instead of choosing reboot at the end, I selected continue, and then shut down. It did shutdown gracefully. But when I restarted the machine, same exact thing. The system hangs at the hard drive in bios. It's like the install didn't finalize the hard drive or leave it in a proper state. When I look at the drive in another machine, all of the partitions are there and there is data in the partitions.
Here is the partition scheme I'm using. This is a little different from what I've used in the past, but I've always had multiple partitions and I followed the advice of scorp123 on the Linux Mint forums
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.p ... =358#p1949
The setup I used is:
200 MB primary /boot
6 GB primary /
7 GB logical /usr
2 GB logical /opt
2 GB logical /var
4 GB logical /tmp
remainder -2GB (~50 GB) logical /home
2 GB swap
I tried creating this format in Gparted first, and using the disk already setup, but I couldn't figure out how to set the mount points through the live installer, it just wanted me to pick a single partition to install to. So not wanting to do a 3-peat, I quit, erased the disk, and tried again as indicated above thinking that starting from an empty drive might yield a different result than erasing the partitions through the live installer. I did notice, when using Gparted, that even though I picked the same exact sizes for partitions they were slightly different sizes using Gparted vs the native partition tool in mint (I noticed this when I got to setting up /home the remaining disk space is larger in the native installer vs Gparted). In Gparted you create an extended partition for your logical partitions. In the mint partitioning tool you just select primary or logical. I would assume the native installer is intelligent enough to create the extended partition. But their is a difference so it makes me wonder. Also when I put the hard drive in the other machine, ran Gparted, deleted all the partitions, applied the changes and created the exact same partition scheme; when I installed it back in the original machine, it booted past the bios screen (did not hang on the hard drive) but gave me a grub error and went into grub rescue mode. So it seems that GRUB was installed. There is just some issue with the way the installer leaves the disk.
If I've made a mistake in my partitioning scheme please let me know. Maybe / (root) needs to be a logical partition? Maybe since I'm using several partitions they should all be logical?
I'm also installing Cinnamon 64 bit.
did you check the md5sum number for the iso?
yes the md5sum is the same (well the tool I used uppercased all the letters, but other than that, the same)