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This is my very first installation of any Linux distribution. I have seen "pane is dead" questions and answers to them here, but I don't think they apply to me -- for one thing, I'm not using Kickstart (whatever it is). Also no virtual machine, no Parallels, etc... This is a clean install on a just bought disk (on a newly bought computer, really).

Here's what I did.

I downloaded 7.6.1810 DVD-ISO version from one of the mirrors given on the official CentOS site. Burned it to an USB stick using dd under Linux Mint. I made sure I burned it to USB as a whole (/dev/sdz), not to a partition (/dev/sdz1).

Now I plug the stick into the new computer. It is recognized and I'm greeted by "Install CentOS 7" screen. I choose "install", lines start running, most of which are ok-ed. Two lines are not ok-ed:

[ INFO ] dev-virtio\x2dports-com.redhat.spice.0.device is not active.

[ DEPEND ] Dependency failed for Activation socket for spice guest agent daemon.

Nevertheless, this run of lines successfully ends, after which I get "Starting installer, one moment..." and very quickly after that "Pane is dead".

When I alt-tab to log, I get the message saying something to the effect that log-file can't be found. And that's it.

Any ideas?

GPU is Nvidia 2080.

USB stick is 6 months old. I've used it successfully as a boot drive for Win 10. Today I formatted it and burned with centos using dd. Now when I plug it into a win-computer, windows doesn't recognize it -- it's not on the list of discs. If I go to disk management, it's there, it has one 9 mb partition called "Anaconda" and 14.59 gbs' worth of unallocated disk space (it's a 16 gb stick).

EDIT: Turned out it was the dying USB stick.

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    Those two "not ok" lines occur if you are not booting in a KVM virtual machine. You can ignore them if you are trying to boot on anything else (like a physical computer). Your issue basically has two likely causes: Your USB is corrupt, or CentOS doesn't like your video card. You didn't mention what video card you have, though. – Michael Hampton Jul 9 at 18:18
  • @MichaelHampton GPU is Nvidia 2080. USB stick is 6 months old. I've used it successfully as a boot drive for Win 10. Today I formatted it and burned with centos using dd. Now when I plug it into a win-computer, windows doesn't recognize it -- it's not on the list of discs. Could this mean that it's dead? Or dd just did something to it that makes it windows-inaccessible? – user75619 Jul 9 at 18:28
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    windows won't read any linux like partitions without specific tools, so your USB stick is currently linux-only ; when you will need it again with windows you will have to partition & format it as FAT or any other windows world format. – francois P Jul 9 at 18:41
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    1) Did you verify the checksum of the CentOS ISO? Go to a mirror and download the sha256sum.txt file and compare the value within to the checksum of the ISO. 2) Suggest once verified you remake the LiveUSB with Rufus.IE 3) Repeat using an Ubuntu distro ftp.osuosl.org/pub/ubuntu-releases/18.04 to see if this is CentOS specific. 4) Once you've done 1)-3), click [edit[ to add the results to your original question; do not click on Add Comment, use edit instead. – K7AAY Jul 9 at 20:24
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Also make sure that you do dd with bs=4M since a lot of USB drives cannot correctly handle very small blocksizes (dunno why, just experience).

You can also try text-based installer:

When you see install centos menu option press the tab key, add text to the end of any existing installer command line arguments and then press the return key.

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