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Stiveh
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First time user, trying to install Mint

Postby Stiveh » Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:05 pm

Hi,

It's my first time ever venturing away from Windows so, needles to say, I don't know what I'm doing.
I am trying to install Mint 18.2 MATE x64 from a Flash Drive (mounted using Rufus) and I keep getting stuck at the Mint splash screen (pressing F8 reveals I keep getting the "unexpected irq trap at vector 07")
I have a Ryzen 1500x Cpu and a Gigabyte AB350-Gaming 3.
My understanding is that the problem is the kernel version. From what I read, Mint 18.2 comes with kernel 4.8 and apparently my motherboard only likes kernel 4.10 and up, so I downloaded <linux-4.13.12.tar> from https://www.kernel.org
My question is, how do I add the file (if that is the right file) to the flash drive? (working from windows)

Thank you

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Re: First time user, trying to install Mint

Postby WharfRat » Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:13 pm

Hello Stiveh Image

Welcome to Linux Mint and the Linux Mint forum :)

The last post of this topic explains a workaround to this problem.

Update 9/15: Am able to boot Mint 18.1 x64 Cinnamon from USB flash. Haven't tried install yet, but at least no hang or IRQ Trap at vector 07. I see kernel 4.4.0-53 on this release. I'm assuming that Mint 18.0 would also work.

Update 9/23: I was able to install Mint 18.1 x64 Cinnamon. I then updated the kernel to 4.10.0-35 (latest 4.10 in Update Manager). I was then able to use the Update Manager to upgrade from 18.1 to 18.2 Sonya. After the update and reboot, I used the Update Manager to remove the 4.4.0-53 (optional working) and 4.8.0-53 (bad) kernels. I did not experiment with prior 4.10 kernels, nor I have I test 4.11 kernels. No problems to report, so far.


Unfortunately there's nothing else that can be done at this time.
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Re: First time user, trying to install Mint

Postby Lysander666 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:22 pm

Congratulations on actually doing some research before posting.

Stiveh wrote:My question is, how do I add the file (if that is the right file) to the flash drive? (working from windows)


I personally wouldn't. Your options are to

a] Wait till Mint 18.3 is released next month - [no information I can find on the kernel version, but one would hope it will be updated]
b] install Ubuntu 17.10 which uses kernel 4.13

I would personally go with the latter since Ubuntu is an excellent OS and well, if you get on with Linux you may end up distro-hopping anyway. And also because, and this is important:

Stiveh wrote:I don't know what I'm doing.


Installing Ubuntu is going to be much less of a headache.

But if you really want to have a go:

viewtopic.php?t=227672
Debian 9.2 Stretch + Ubuntu 16.04 / Solus 1.2.1 / Mint 18.1 / Slackware 14.2

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Re: First time user, trying to install Mint

Postby Stiveh » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:38 pm

Thank you both so much.

I don't know how I missed those links you posted. I ended up installing Mint 18.1 MATE and it worked like a charm. I am going to completely ignore the 18.2 update and the Kernel 4.10+ update. My theory is: If it works, don't mess with it.
Now I just have to wrap my head around this new OS. I have been using only windows for 20 years, so this should be fun.

Thanks again

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Re: First time user, trying to install Mint

Postby Lysander666 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:23 pm

Stiveh wrote:My theory is: If it works, don't mess with it.


Otherwise known as [here in the UK] - "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

Stiveh wrote:Now I just have to wrap my head around this new OS. I have been using only windows for 20 years, so this should be fun.


I think you'll be fine. Enjoy the new experience. Post back for any queries.
Debian 9.2 Stretch + Ubuntu 16.04 / Solus 1.2.1 / Mint 18.1 / Slackware 14.2

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Re: First time user, trying to install Mint

Postby WharfRat » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:48 pm

Stiveh wrote:I am going to completely ignore the 18.2 update and the Kernel 4.10+ update. My theory is: If it works, don't mess with it.

Yep, as I always say there's no substitute for something that works.

You'll be an expert by the time 18.3 rolls out :wink:

Enjoy,,,
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Re: First time user, trying to install Mint

Postby ClixTrix » Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:03 pm

The Ryzen SMT Scheduler isn't supported before Kernel 4.10.

Read my sig and follow my method (specific for those with Ryzen and Gigabyte Motherboard):

1. Install Mint 18.1 (that has a good kernel 4.4, but is NOT full Ryzen support)

2. Install all updates from Update Manager at default Level and reboot

3. Install the 4.10.0-38/latest 4.10 kernel from Update Manager (that's a fixed level kernel with the SMT Scheduler for Ryzen) and reboot

4. Update to Mint 18.2 from Update Manager and reboot

5. You can optionally uninstall the 4.4 and 4.8 (buggy to us Gigabyte-Ryzen users) kernels from Update Manager, and do other updates at level you chose

You could also stay at Mint 18.1 and just update to a kernel that supports Ryzen SMT.

If you have any idle lockups, there is a patch I've discussed working in the Hardware Forum in the Ryzen Lockups post.
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Re: First time user, trying to install Mint

Postby jsb » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:42 am

Stiveh wrote:Now I just have to wrap my head around this new OS. I have been using only windows for 20 years, so this should be fun.


I don't know if your 20 years included Windows 8 and/or 10 (mine did not, my 20 or so years of Windows ended with 7), but in some ways moving from Windows 7 to Windows 8 or 10 is probably more difficult than going from 7 to versions of Linux such as Mint. :)


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