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Unable To Install MX Linux 18...

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Unable To Install MX Linux 18...

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Post by tb75252 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:37 pm

I downloaded and burned to a DVD the 64-bit .iso file for MX Linux 18. The checksums are ok.

When I boot up the DVD and click on the Installer icon, absolutely nothing happens! My understanding is that an installer window should open up and guide me through the installation to my HD.

Any idea why the Installer icon does nothing when selected? My desktop PC is about six years old, so I don't think that it is a hardware issue...

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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18...

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Post by dolphin_oracle » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:44 pm

nope, that would be new.

try running the installer from the terminal

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sudo minstall
and post any output you might get.
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Post by Mauser » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:44 pm

It should install the way you are doing it unless the DVD got burned incorrectly because of the DVD burner software you are using. Which O.S. and burner software you are using?
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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18...

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Post by BitJam » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:47 pm

Mauser wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:44 pm
It should install the way you are doing it unless the DVD got burned incorrectly because of the DVD burner software you are using. Which O.S. and burner software you are using?
You can test the integrity of the dvd when you boot it using the "checkmd5" (or just "md5") cheat. It should be in "F5 Options" in the Legacy bootloader. It should show up in the Options text menu when you UEFI boot. You can also just type it in manually in the Legacy bootloader and when you use 'e' to edit the entry in the UEFI bootloader.
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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18...

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Post by Mauser » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:58 pm

BitJam wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:47 pm
Mauser wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:44 pm
It should install the way you are doing it unless the DVD got burned incorrectly because of the DVD burner software you are using. Which O.S. and burner software you are using?
You can test the integrity of the dvd when you boot it using the "checkmd5" (or just "md5") cheat. It should be in "F5 Options" in the Legacy bootloader. It should show up in the Options text menu when you UEFI boot. You can also just type it in manually in the Legacy bootloader and when you use 'e' to edit the entry in the UEFI bootloader.
No, all that will tell you is if what you downloaded is authentic. I have had personal experience with the same issue burning DVDs for all kinds of things. Not all burning software burns correctly. A defective DVD can also cause that issue.
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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18...

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Post by BitJam » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:04 pm

Mauser wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:58 pm
No, all that will tell you is if what you downloaded is authentic. I have had personal experience with the same issue burning DVDs for all kinds of things. Not all burning software burns correctly. A defective DVD can also cause that issue.
Nope. This checks the live media you are running. It happens during the boot process. The iso file is not involved. We check the md5 of the vmlinuz file, the initrd.gz, and the linuxfs file on the live media. If there was a problem with burning the dvd then we will catch it. If you pass my md5 check then your live media is correct. I don't check the bootloader but if you get to my md5 check then the bootloader did its job and everything else depends on the three files we check.

This is a great way for you to quickly and easily check your dvd burns. Please give it a try.
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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18...

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Post by turtlebay777 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:30 pm

On my MX 17 system there was a problem with Xfburn and Brasero that I have never been able to figure out. The same hardware works with another named distro I have on the same machine.

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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18...

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Post by j2mcgreg » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:17 pm

I've also had very little success using the burning tools in MX and have generally eschewed DVDs in favour of USB drives. You say that your desktop is six years old. A machine of that age should be able to boot from a USB drive. Is there a reason why you didn't try that method?
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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18...

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Post by Eadwine Rose » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:29 pm

I don't know if this still works, but back in the day when I still used DVDs to put isos on this is what I did to check the burned DVD itself:

Right click the downloaded iso and find the exact size in bytes in properties - general.
I'll take the mx-18_x64.iso as an example.

At size it says 1.4 GB (1,441,792,000 bytes)

Open a terminal and type:

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dd if=/dev/sr0 | head --bytes=size | md5sum
So in my case that would be:

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dd if=/dev/sr0 | head --bytes=1441792000 | md5sum

Compare the output to the md5sum. Those two must be the same.
MX-18_x64 20-12-2018 * 4.19.0-1-amd64 ext4 Xfce 4.12.3 * AMD Asus M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 * ASUS GF GT640-1GD5-L NVIDIA 390.87 * AMD Proc. Athl II X4 635, sAM3 * HDA ATI SB VT1708S An * 2x4Gb DDR3 1600 Kingston * Samsung S24D330 & P2250 * HP Envy5030

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Re: Unable To Install MX Linux 18...

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Post by BitJam » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:34 pm

j2mcgreg wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:17 pm
I've also had very little success using the burning tools in MX and have generally eschewed DVDs in favour of USB drives. You say that your desktop is six years old. A machine of that age should be able to boot from a USB drive. Is there a reason why you didn't try that method?
We also offer a hybrid boot option so you can start booting from a dvd but end up booting from a live-usb. If you make both a dvd and live-usb from the same iso, use the "from=usb" option which is in the "F5 Options" menu when you legacy boot. You can use persistence and live-remaster and all of that good stuff.
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