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    Default This is driving me mad

    I tried to install Linux on MSI motherboard. The end result was nada. It loaded the ramdisk and then stopped. I was told it was the hardware so I bought a brand new ASus MB with an AMD CPU and 8 GB RAM. I created a bootable USB stick and the installation runs fine with no errors. I then remove the USB and reboot. I get a quick splash screen with ramdisk loading and then a black screen. What am I missing?

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    Default Re: This is driving me mad

    This is just a guess, but try to enter the BIOS and see if there are some EFI boot settings active, change it to 'legacy BIOS(?)' and try again. I haven't much experience with the new UEFI practice but I solved it this way on a new laptop I recently bought, it does sound quite similar to the experience I had.

    There is, however, a lot of information around in regards the UEFI specification, read up on it if that is relevant as you should be fine, with some adjustment, using that procedure as well.
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    Default Re: This is driving me mad

    Quote Originally Posted by F_Sauce View Post
    This is just a guess, but try to enter the BIOS and see if there are some EFI boot settings active, change it to 'legacy BIOS(?)' and try again. I haven't much experience with the new UEFI practice but I solved it this way on a new laptop I recently bought, it does sound quite similar to the experience I had.

    There is, however, a lot of information around in regards the UEFI specification, read up on it if that is relevant as you should be fine, with some adjustment, using that procedure as well.

    Thanks. I tried that no luck. I wondered about the MB. Windows Server 2012 fired up first pass, no problems. A friend of mine said to be careful with UEFI because LINUX can sometimes clobber it and leave your machine in an unusable state. I certainly don't want that to happen. I went back and reread the installation directions but they are pretty poorly worded. I will post a question about the install questions and see if they are still accurate or if they are slightly out of date.

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    Default Re: This is driving me mad

    On 2014-01-10 01:26, exponent wrote:
    >
    > I tried to install Linux on MSI motherboard. The end result was nada. It
    > loaded the ramdisk and then stopped. I was told it was the hardware so I
    > bought a brand new ASus MB with an AMD CPU and 8 GB RAM. I created a
    > bootable USB stick and the installation runs fine with no errors. I then
    > remove the USB and reboot. I get a quick splash screen with ramdisk
    > loading and then a black screen. What am I missing?


    Try boot in failsafe first.

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    Default Re: This is driving me mad

    I found the problem and it is an ugly one. I will repost under UEFI BIOS bug as I have a really popular MB with that others will certainly have problems with.

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    Default Re: This is driving me mad

    And try using a better telling title for your thread next time.
    I normaly do not even look in such a thread as it seems to be directed to psychiatrists, which I am not.
    Henk van Velden

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