I've been using different debian-based linux distros for 5 years now, including Mint from 15 something, Deepin and Ubuntu. I can search quite well to troubleshoot myself, but it means someone had to have the same problem before me. So far I've found solutions for every problem I've had before, but I came to a full stop with this one:
Trying to install LM 19.2 trough live USB, but I cannot even login to start install as it loops right back in to login screen after submitting blank PW for user mint. I can login to another session using ctrl+alt+f2-f7 and same credentials. I just don't know what to do from there to continue install.
PC I'm trying to install 19.2:
Running problem free Cinnamon 18.3 64-bit on Samsung 830 SSD, dual booting W10 from another Samsung SSD.
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System: Host: Valhalla Kernel: 4.15.0-60-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0) Desktop: Cinnamon 3.6.7 (Gtk 3.18.9) Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia Machine: System: Gigabyte product: N/A Mobo: Gigabyte model: Z77-DS3H Bios: American Megatrends v: F9 date: 09/19/2012 CPU: Quad core Intel Core i5-2550K (-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 27226 clock speeds: max: 3800 MHz 1: 1994 MHz 2: 1969 MHz 3: 2083 MHz 4: 1811 MHz Graphics: Card: NVIDIA GP106 [GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Rev. 2] bus-ID: 01:00.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: nvidia (unloaded: fbdev,vesa,nouveau) Resolution: email@example.com GLX Renderer: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB/PCIe/SSE2 GLX Version: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 384.130 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card-1 Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Card-2 NVIDIA GP106 High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-60-generic Network: Card: Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 Gigabit Ethernet driver: alx port: d000 bus-ID: 03:00.0 IF: enp3s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 8379.7GB (70.6% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: SAMSUNG_HD753LJ size: 750.2GB ID-2: /dev/sdb model: SAMSUNG_HD502IJ size: 500.1GB ID-3: /dev/sdc model: WDC_WD20EARS size: 2000.4GB ID-4: /dev/sdd model: SAMSUNG_SSD_830 size: 128.0GB ID-5: /dev/sde model: WDC_WD20EARX size: 2000.4GB ID-6: /dev/sdf model: WDC_WD1001FALS size: 1000.2GB ID-7: /dev/sdg model: SAMSUNG_HD103SJ size: 1000.2GB ID-8: /dev/sdh model: Samsung_SSD_860 size: 1000.2GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 102G used: 77G (80%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdd2 ID-2: swap-1 size: 17.13GB used: 0.02GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdd3 RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8C mobo: 27.8C gpu: 0.0:53C Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 229 Uptime: 4 days Memory: 3246.5/16002.5MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35
Making bootable USB from both windows 10 and LM 18.3, using Rufus/Mint default USB tool/Etcher. Both UEFI and Legacy mode have been tested.
I've tried 2 different USB sticks Sony 16GB and Samsung 32GB, both USB 3 and both have been used to install various OS's (LM 17/18, W10, Ubuntu Desktop and Server and lastly Deepin. USB Sticks are working without errors, installation media correctly thinks it's LM 19.2 installation and integrity checks. MB also has USB 2.0 ports which have been tested. Problem is always the same, everything goes without a hick untill I have to login.
Also tried downloading the .iso file several times to 3 different computers to be sure. W10, deepin and LM 18.3. I've checked the integrity of installation medias, checked checksums of downloaded files.
Lots of things tried, probably forgot some.
EDIT: added inxi info