Having installed Mint countless times and 18.3 many times, this is a new problem that appears to be associated with a HD larger than 2TB, specifically a 4TB drive.
After formatting the 4TB drive using GParted the same way done on a 1TB drive just a few days earlier, I installed Mint 18.3 Cinnamon 64.
Upon reboot after installation, it gets past the BIOS screen and stops:
"No boot device available - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility"
Tried multiple things:
- Changed partition table type from "msdos" to "gpt"
- (partition table screenshot attached)
"The partition table format in use on your disks normally requires you to create a separate partition for boot loader code. This partition should be marked for use as a "Reserved BIOS boot area" and should be at least 1MB in size. Not that this is not the same as a partition mounted on /boot."
If this represents the problem, I do not know how to solve it. Help is greatly appreciated.
Because I do not know what this represents nor the solution, I just clicked "Continue" and it *appeared* to complete the installation as shown in the third screenshot.
However, it won't boot.
Dell Optiplex 780 Quad Core Tower.