I have almost succeeded with a USB dual boot installation of Linux Mint 19.2 on a Win 10 laptop. I am a Linux virgin, so have followed the instructions in a "monkey-see, monkey-do" method. This served me well right through to the end of the installation in a live session. After receiving a completion message, I was invited to reboot, at which point the system froze. Any pointers welcome, but please assume (correctly) that I have no functioning knowledge of Linux. Baby step by baby step please.

  • Ook; we were all primates once. A common issue is a corrupted ISO file. Did you use a checksum to verify the ISO you downloaded, following linuxmint.com/verify.php ? Did you download a 32-bit or 64-bit version? Did you download the edition with Cinnamon, xfce, or MATE? Please click edit to reply; please do not click Add Comment, but instead use edit. – K7AAY Aug 6 '19 at 17:24
  • Some graphics cards don't work well with the open-source driver present in Linux Mint, but there's a work-around. Before you start, though, please go to Windows, open a Command Prompt Window, and run wmic computersystem get manufacturer,model,systemtype then collect that information, and add it to your original question so we can see what kind of PC you have. – K7AAY Aug 6 '19 at 17:41

Reboot the PC, select booting from the version of Mint you installed, and hold SHIFT to force the boot menu of GRUB to appear. Then, replace quiet where it appears in the commands for the first item in the GRUB menu with nomodeset, and then continue with booting. Here are two videos; the first is for the EFI/UEFI boot configuration most common with Windows 10, and the second is for the MBR boot process from Windows 7.

Once you get past that problem, you can install the drivers for your PC's video adapter.

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