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    Re: 14.04 LTS installation after Windows 7 terminally stuck at "Installation type" pa

    Quote Originally Posted by mathog View Post
    Hmm, wait a minute, I bought a batch of these from a vendor who had found that they did not work well in a RAID. Some had been in the RAID, some had not. The first couple of Mb have been written and rewritten repeatedly, but there could still be some RAID blocks at the end of the disk.
    Made a CD from the mini.iso and booted that in "command line install".

    Code:
    One or more drives containing MDADM containers (Intel DDF RAID) have been found.  Do you wish to activate these RAID Devices?  Activate MDADM containers (Intel/DDF RAID)?
    Default was yes, changed it to no.

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    One or more drives containing serial ATA RAID configurations have been found.  Do you wish to activate these RAID devices?  Activate Serial ATA RAID devices?
    Default was yes, changed it to no.

    That wasn't good enough, got to "[!!] Partition disks" and the only option was iSCSI. The local disk wasn't shown. Used the menu system to get into the shell and wrote over the back end of the disk like this:

    Code:
     dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs-512 seek=1953000000
    back into the installer, detect disks, but it still came up empty in partition disks.

    Rebooted and chose "expert command line install". This time when it got to the disk partitions it was (finally!) showing disk/partition information. Used those tools and to add partitions for Ubuntu and it now seems to be installing normally.

    So I think the core problem is that once upon a time this disk was used in a RAID, some of that information remained at the end of the disk, and the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS default installer choked mightily when it saw this information - not offering the user any options to remedy it, and not showing any relevant diagnostic information.

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    Re: 14.04 LTS installation after Windows 7 terminally stuck at "Installation type" pa

    This distro is really cursed. The partitions are all set up nicely but now it blows up trying to install the kernel, of all things. /var/log/syslog says:

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    linux-image-generic:  Depends: linux-image-3.13.0-24-generic but that is not going to be installed.
    This was after remaking the file systems on "/boot" and "/"

    Dropped into ash:

    Code:
    umount /dev/sda3
    mount /dev/sda3 /target/boot
    chroot target 
    apt-get install linux-image-generic
    blows up, but says along the way

    Code:
    This kernel does not support a non-PAE CPU.
    The CPU is an Athlon X2, but I am trying to install a 32 bit version of the OS since it only has 2GB of RAM. It also complained about not having /proc/cpuinfo, so probably it couldn't tell. Could be that it needs pieces to start proc, doesn't install them, then cannot figure out what CPU it is on because no /proc/cpuinfo, then the kernel install fails.

    The mini.iso is the 32 bit one, the md5sum is correct:

    a2502844750ecb6477d8fb4ff6b9aaf8 *ubuntu14.04.mini.iso

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    Re: 14.04 LTS installation after Windows 7 terminally stuck at "Installation type" pa

    I do not know about AMD or PAE as my Intel chips are new enough to include it.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PAE
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: 14.04 LTS installation after Windows 7 terminally stuck at "Installation type" pa

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    I do not know about AMD or PAE as my Intel chips are new enough to include it.
    The Athlon X2 in this system has PAE. The real problem is that /proc is not mounted by the installer for some reason, so /proc/cpuinfo comes back with nothing, so the install fails.

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    Re: 14.04 LTS installation after Windows 7 terminally stuck at "Installation type" pa

    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: 14.04 LTS installation after Windows 7 terminally stuck at "Installation type" pa

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    No. I was able to complete the install by going back to the full installer and using the "Erase 14.04 LTS and Reinstall" option.

    Afterwords it would boot into Ubuntu and come up with what I assume is the default screen. The mouse moves, but it ignores all clicks. For instance single or double clicking on the Firefox icon does nothing. There is a list of keyboard shortcuts open, but clicking on the X in the corner does not make it go away, and none of those keyboard shortcuts seem to do anything. The only keyboard options that work are "alt-f3" and the like, to switch to other consoles.

    The nonfunctional GUI isn't that big a deal for me, because I am going to turn it off and switch to IceWM or some other minimal X11 desktop. Still, really disappointing to go through all of this and not even be able to start a browser!

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    Re: 14.04 LTS installation after Windows 7 terminally stuck at "Installation type" pa

    I install fallback/flashback which is the old gui like gnome2.

    But keyboard or mouse issues often are a setting in BIOS.
    It may be USB ports or even something that does not seem related.
    Users have posted these:
    BIOS settings need USB mouse & keyboard, USB detection turned to "UEFI Only"

    Fast Boot setting prevents keyboard from working & other issues


    Enabling USB Legacy Support - If keyboard does not work.
    http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowA....aspx?sid=5754
    Linux kernel enable the IOMMU – input / output memory management unit support - AMD
    http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/howto-...u-support.html
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...74&postcount=5
    http://blog.ichinmay.com/2010/05/03/...mouse-problem/
    update-initramfs with keyboard drivers.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2201983
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: 14.04 LTS installation after Windows 7 terminally stuck at "Installation type" pa

    The keyboard/mouse issue with the UI cannot be something intrinsically wrong in the BIOS because the machine used to have Ubuntu 10.x and XP on it, both of which worked fine. Windows 7 on the same box also does not have keyboard issues. Boot it with Knoppix and it works fine. It has a BIOS, not UEFI, so that too is a red herring. Also it isn't that the keyboard isn't working per se, it is that the UI is ignoring it. The only keyboard action that does anything (so far) is alt-F3, to get to another console. However, once there, the keyboard works fine. (Although it is really, really hard to read the tiny font that that console uses.)

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    Re: 14.04 LTS installation after Windows 7 terminally stuck at "Installation type" pa

    I marked this thread as solved because the initial problem with partitioning is now understood and resolved.

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