I tried to clean install linux mint, zorin os and elementary into my windows laptop.

But every time I try to Install any linux OS I get the following error ERST:Can not request [mem 0x6feff000-0x6fefffff] for ERST and the screen starts blinking.

I even tried to dual boot along side windows but it is the same.Although I am able to install any windows os without any problem.

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  • At least provide the laptop brand/model you are using, as well as BIOS version so people that want to help can have a starting point. Also, the fact that you have tried three Linux distributions doesn't mean that you cannot install any Linux-based OS. – schaiba Sep 11 '17 at 8:13
  • Apologies @schaiba.I am using a Dell 10z 1120 with a BIOS version A06. – Maaz Shaikh Sep 11 '17 at 8:39
  • Usually the error you're mentioning should be harmless and it's BIOS-related. Are you sure that the OS doesn't continue the boot process if you wait for a while? – schaiba Sep 11 '17 at 8:52
  • Please also specify what method you are using to install? The standard approach is still to use a CD or DVD. For Debian, at least, the most common method is probably to use a small "netinst" CD, get a basic system running, and then download the rest over the network. Other methods are used, of course, but are much less common. Also, what Linux distributions did you try to install? – Faheem Mitha Sep 11 '17 at 8:54
  • @schaida The OS does continue the boot up but it takes 5-10 minutes every time I boot my laptop.Sometimes it gets stuck on the error screen blinking and doesn't go any further. – Maaz Shaikh Sep 11 '17 at 9:05

If your just want a Linux distribution for learning shell scripting, I would wholeheartedly recommend installing Linux in a virtual machine.

Use something like, for example, VirtualBox.

This way, you will have the ability to seamlessly switch between your Linux shell and your more familiar Window environment and you would be able to test out different partitioning schemes, filesystems, network configurations etc. without the fear of destroying your files in Windows. It would also mean less hassle from possibly unsupported hardware.

Later, when you feel more confident, you could install Linux (or some other Unix) on the machine, either as a dual-boot solution or as the only OS on the computer (and run Windows inside VirtualBox on the Linux system).

But, as I said, if you just want to learn shell scripting in Linux, install a some virtual machine software, create the empty virtual machine with a 20 GB or so large disk image, and boot the installation ISO.

I'm running OpenBSD 6.1 without X11 in VirtualBox on top of a Windows 10 laptop. This is my main everyday working platform since a couple of years.

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