Grub failing on installation from live USB

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Jonesyhouse
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Grub failing on installation from live USB

Post by Jonesyhouse » Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:00 pm

Hi everyone, I am a newbie to Linux Mint but not new to Linux having used Ubuntu and Fedora before a few years ago. I am using a Dell 5521 Laptop and have successfully created a live USB and Linux Mint all works successfully from the USB stick on the machine. I have no need to have another operating system on the laptop and have repartitioned and wiped the hard drive removing windows and its boot member.

I have gone into the BIOS and set the boot mode to UEFI and turned off the " Secure " boot option. Having taken all of these steps, every time I try and install Linux Mint permanently it always crashes at the point it attempts to install Grub stating that it cannot be installed to the Target location. I have also checked the health of the disk and there are no issues.

I would really appreciate any help and suggestions to get the permanent install working as I have spent 3 days on this now and I am pulling my hair out! I also really like the look of Linux Mint and really want to to have it installed.

Many thanks for any help and suggestions in advance

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Re: Grub failing on installation from live USB

Post by JeremyB » Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:05 pm

Boot into the Mint ISO and enter the following in terminal and post results

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lsblk; sudo blkid

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Re: Grub failing on installation from live USB

Post by Jonesyhouse » Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:45 pm

Thank you Jeremy

mint@mint:~$ CODE:SELECT ALL
CODE:SELECT: command not found
mint@mint:~$ lsblk; sudo bikid
NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
loop0 7:0 0 1.7G 1 loop /rofs
sda 8:0 0 698.7G 0 disk
├─sda1 8:1 0 512M 0 part
└─sda2 8:2 0 698.1G 0 part /target
sdb 8:16 1 1.9G 0 disk /cdrom
├─sdb1 8:17 1 1.8G 0 part
└─sdb2 8:18 1 2.3M 0 part
sr0 11:0 1 1024M 0 rom
sudo: bikid: command not found
mint@mint:~$

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Re: Grub failing on installation from live USB

Post by JeremyB » Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:51 pm

In terminal enter the following one line at a time and reboot

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sudo mkdir -p /mnt/boot/efi
sudo mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/boot/efi
for i in /dev /dev/pts /proc /sys /run; do sudo mount -B $i /mnt$i; done
sudo chroot /mnt
apt update
apt install ubuntu-system-adjustments
apt install --reinstall grub-efi-amd64-signed
update-grub
exit

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Re: Grub failing on installation from live USB

Post by Jonesyhouse » Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:16 pm

Jeremy Many thanks - Success ! Thank you for all of your help! appreciated!

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Re: Grub failing on installation from live USB

Post by JeremyB » Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:21 pm

A Mint user on IRC was a big help to find a solution. I don't think he has an account on the forums

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