Re: Can you help me figure out why I can't get Grub to install from a standard CD .iso?
On 04/14/2016 09:57 AM, EGO-II.1 wrote:
I've been trying for about a week now to get Debian with the MATE
desktop installed on my PC. For some reason it runs the CD fine, then
when it gets to the grub install part? it fails. I have tried by burning
the .iso file to both DVD and CD and it keeps failing on either one. Can
anyone shed some light on this matter for me? I have installed Debian
from CD's / DVD's in the past and never experienced this problem. I
there something the devs have removed from a standard .iso file? I mean
if push comes to shove I'll most likely just have to go the Ubuntu
route, but I was trying to deal directly with the "superior server"
distro. Any help anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Oh! Here's some "specs" for y'all!
MACHINE FOR INSTALL: Dell Inspiron 3650 Desktop/i5/32GB RAM/1TB HDD
USED: Debian 8.x .ISO Image w/ The MATE Desktop Environment -DVD
USED: Debian 8.x .ISO Image w/ The MATE Desktop Environment - CD
FIts just strange that it stops immediately after trying to install
grub. What's changed with the .ISO's on the Debian homepage? Is this
because if the whole "Systemd" issue?...or is this something they've
implemented in order to improve some other feature? AAAArrrrrgggghjhhh!!!
(And although this is might seem like a simple
"desktop-in-the-backroom-office" type of thing. This is in all actuality
the beginning stages of "testing" for the company I work for!!)
What's the Dell Service Tag? Any hardware changes since it shipped from
Dell -- e.g. is the "System configuration" -> "Original configuration"
on the Dell support web site accurate, and/or have you updated the
Available with Windows 10 Home..."
Chipset Intel H110
That is a fairly new chipset -- Q3'15.
Configurations supported 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB, and 16 GB"
You have installed more RAM than the manufacturer supports. What make
and model memory modules have you installed? What makes you think they
will work correctly under all operating conditions? Have you run
memtest86+ or some other testing/ burn-in diagnostic for an extended
period (24+ hours)?
Integrated Intel HD Graphics
Discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 730"
Both Intel and NVIDIA graphics (?). That can be a problem. Here was my
experience with NVIDIA Optimus on a Sandy Bridge-era Dell Latitude:
I am unable to find CMOS setup documentation on-line. But, as others
have posted, you might find a solution by changing one or more of the
1. Disable Secure Boot.
2. Enable Compatibility Support Module:
3. Disable either the Intel graphics or the NVIDIA graphics. (If you
can't disable the card in CMOS, pull it.)
Another possibility is that you might need to install and run Debian
Testing (Stretch) to get the latest device drivers, X Windows, etc.:
I recommend that you use a small (16 GB) SSD or USB 3.0 flash drive for
your system drive. Choose manual partitioning during installation,
delete the existing partitions, create a new partition table (d-i should
create/ use MBR), and then create partitions as follows:
1 0.5 GB ext4 /boot (bootable flag = on)
2 0.5 GB swap
3 13.4 GB btrfs root
(After the machine is up and running, you can set up the large HDD later.)
Be sure to install SSH during installation -- if the machine boots but
graphics are bad, you might be able to log in via SSH for
troubleshooting and repair.
You will want and need a working computer while you fool with Debian on
the Inspiron 3650. Type up detailed notes. Take pictures of the screen
and/or use video, if necessary (a tiny tripod and/or 1/4-20 cell phone
mount can be very useful). SSH into the Inspiron and cut/ paste console
sessions, when possible. Expect to make several runs navigating the