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[SOLVED] Can't install to hard drive, please help [SOLVED]
« on: October 06, 2015, 03:05:44 am »
Hi! I've recently tried to install peppermint on my satellite P840 laptop. (I'm new to linux)
I've attempted to install multiple times using a USB, but each time it supposedly installs and reboots i'm greeted with a message saying that a boot device isn't found after BIOS. I've attempted turning off secure boot, but to no avail.

Also, whilst reinstalling, it seems there is a 50/50 chance that peppermint detects that is already installed. The other 50% of the time, it can't detect any other OS.
At BIOS I either get the error message of something about the header (either invalid or being unable to find it)  or that it can't find some file (it only appears for a fraction of a second, so I apologize that i can't be specific about it)

Please help, thanks in advance :)
« Last Edit: October 10, 2015, 01:45:59 am by AndyInMokum »

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Re: Can't install to hard drive, please help
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2015, 04:51:43 am »
Are you installing the 64bit version of Peppermint 6 ?
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Re: Can't install to hard drive, please help
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2015, 01:29:33 pm »
Yes.

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Re: Can't install to hard drive, please help
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2015, 01:41:45 pm »
if you hit the tab key does it display the error message ?
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Re: Can't install to hard drive, please help
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2015, 11:05:52 pm »
No, sorry :c
The error message only appears for a split second at the end of bios.

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Re: Can't install to hard drive, please help
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2015, 06:17:42 am »
If you turn on the PC, then as soon as the BIOS POST screen disappears hit the Shift key .. are you presented with the GRUB menu

is this a dual boot (with Windows) setup ?

If not, have you seen the last comment here:
http://www.linlap.com/toshiba_satellite_p840
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Re: Can't install to hard drive, please help
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2015, 02:24:38 am »
No, the grub menu doesn't show up. It's not a dual boot setup, just peppermint.  I tried what was specified in the comment at the end of that page, but it hasn't worked.

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Re: Can't install to hard drive, please help
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2015, 07:38:46 am »
OK, can you boot to the LiveCD/LiveUSB, open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and post the output from running this command:
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sudo fdisk -l
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Re: Can't install to hard drive, please help
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2015, 10:46:03 pm »
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WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.


Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1  1953525167   976762583+  ee  GPT
Partition 1 does not start on physical sector boundary.
« Last Edit: October 09, 2015, 06:47:12 am by AndyInMokum »

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Re: Can't install to hard drive, please help
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2015, 05:29:39 am »
If this is NOT a dual boot setup with Windows, you might want to try changing the partition table from GPT to MSDOS style .. then reinstall Peppermint with Secureboot switched off and CSM on.

Do you know how to do this from a Peppermint LiveCD/LiveUSB ?
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Re: Can't install to hard drive, please help
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2015, 05:55:38 am »
I understand how to turn on CSM, but I don't know how to change the partition table. Is there a tutorial or can you walk me through it?

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Re: Can't install to hard drive, please help
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2015, 06:19:33 am »
Boot to the Peppermint 6 LiveCD/LiveUSB

Fire up GParted
(menu > System Tools > GParted)

In gparted make sure we're operating on the hard drive (probably /dev/sda)
(drop menu in top right)

Then go to
Device > Create Partition Table
and when asked choose "msdos" partition table

Be aware that will completely erase the hard drive.

You should now have a totally unpartitioned hard drive .. close GParted and install Peppermint from the "Install Peppermint" icon on the desktop.

hints .. if GParted says it cannot change the partition table because there are mounted partitions on /dev/sda .. one at a time right-click the partitions and select "Unmount" (or "Swapoff" for the swap partition) .. once they're all unmounted, try creating the msdos partition table again.
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Re: Can't install to hard drive, please help
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2015, 06:42:04 am »
I have tried what you said and reinstalling, but it still looks for boot device. I have tried it in CSM in both Compatibility and AHCI mode, and neither work.

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Re: Can't install to hard drive, please help
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2015, 06:50:35 am »
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Re: Can't install to hard drive, please help
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2015, 11:42:32 am »
it should be in AHCI mode.

If you're not even getting as far as a GRUB promt, you've either

a) got some setting in the BIOS wrong .. such as not having the HDD set as the first boot device.
or
b) got a hard drive problem (or some other hardware problem)
or
c) a corrupt installation media

What's the output from:
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sudo fdisk -lnow ?
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