Questions tagged [system-installation]

Use this tag for questions related to the initial installation of Unix-like operating systems. When installing extra software on a running system, use the "software-installation" tag.

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When wouldn't you want to install GRUB bootloader?

During the installation of many Linux distros, it gives you the option to install the GRUB bootloader. Every single time I have installed Linux I chose "Yes" to install the bootloader, and all the ...
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Persistence of home directory after deleting all partitions and reinstalling:

I was running Ubuntu Server on a mdadm RAID1 volume, and I ran into some problems so I decided to just do a clean install. I booted with Gparted, stopped the mdadm array, and ran --zero-superblock ...
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Install Ubuntu for Android

Canonical has an item on their site called Ubuntu for Android. This is a special distribution of Ubuntu which integrates with the Android system. Their website mentions that it is specifically ...
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How can I configure a set of computers to netboot?

I have a number of machines which I'll be deploying in the near future. As suggested here, I could use network booting to get these computers online without even having a hard disk in them. According ...
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fdisk: partition contains a ntfs signature. remove it?

I'm installing NixOs on a ThinkPad X220. Though I'm very comfortable in the shell, it's the first time I've set up my own system, and I'm running into some unknowns while trying to partition the hard ...
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Debian, no X, no internet, how to compile the wireless driver?

I have installed debian, but the wireless card is less common, Debian won't recognize it. The driver need to be compiled and installed, but to do that, I must have build-essential and Linux-header-...
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Enabling wired internet connection with dhcp during Arch Linux Installation? [duplicate]

From what I read, wired internet should work out of the box during the Arch installation. However, I'm having difficulties. The dhcpcd service is running, but it says: # systemctl status dhcpcd....
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Glitchy Debian Install screen - both standard and graphical

I've been trying to install Debian and I've done the following in order to try to fix this: : Changed USB drives. Added the fb=false parameter to boot Tried Testing build (stretch) and Stable build....
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Debian stucks at formatting 33%

I'm trying to install Debian Squeeze 6.0.5 on a new HP Proliant Microserver N40L with 4 GB RAM and 1.5 GHZ and 2 new Seagate BARRACUDA 2TB HDD (delivered yesterday). The installation stuck at the ...
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install 64 bit Debian

I have a computer that had a 32 bit os on it when I got it, I thought it was 32 bit. So installed debian-7 32 bit. I latter upgraded the kernel to pae, and then to 64bit. It is now a 64bit kernel, and ...
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How to use one distro's live CD to install another distro?

I'm trying to install Mint Linux to a USB stick, but the Mint live CD doesn't fit on a normal CD and I don't have any DVDs available. The Ubuntu live CD does fit on a CD, so I want to use the Ubuntu ...
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Problem installing base and base-devel on Arch

I recently decided to try out Arch Linux, but I am having problems installing the base and base-devel packages. First, here are my partitions: sda2 home 350GB (ext4) sda4 root 30GB (ext4) sda3 boot ...
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Cannot run/install Linux on AMD based ThinkPad E585

I am not able to run/install Linux on my Lenovo ThinkPad E585. I tried both a full installation and running from the USB stick. All I get is: GRUB starting from the USB stick. Select Linux installer ...
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arch linux- error:failed to get canonical path of 'airootfs' (grub to USB installation)

I'm trying to install arch-linux for the first time. everything was OK till I tried to install "grub" boot-loader to a USB drive. I am working by the WIKI ARCH LINUX guide. both of this commands ...
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Windows 7 to Linux: install without CD/DVD or USB drive

Update Sorry, Question has multiple parts see below for details: I have been using Windows for many years and only used Linux from the command line, but want to shift after realizing Windows is ...
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Is `UDIF read/write image` bootable on non-Apple hardware?

Some guides on the internet suggest that it is possible to convert ISO disc image files (.iso) into an non-.iso image format (.img or .dmg) with hdiutil on OS X. However, the manual page for hdiutil ...
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How to install GNU/Linux on a Windows PC without the BIOS password?

I want to install a GNU/Linux based operating system on a computer with Windows preinstalled, but unfortunately, the BIOS is set to only boot from the harddisk, and there is no way to boot from ...
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NVidia drivers on Macbook Pro (2008) Linux Mint?

Ok. I am literally installing it from scratch and tracking my process here and now. I've been fighting this for so long. Macbook Pro, 2008 I believe. ~200GB HD. I'm not dual booting. Mint and only ...
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How can I install only the basics in Debian?

I want to install a light distro on my laptop, and I want to use it in text mode. I just want to use gcc, nano, ghci, javac and some text browser. But when I installed using the CD, the first ...
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Fedora not detecting my Hard Drive when installing (Fedora 27) [closed]

I am trying to install Fedora as my primary OS (Completely get rid of Windows), here are the steps I have done: Put the ISO on to my 128GB USB. Booted into the USB and clicked Install to Hard Drive I ...
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How to download Debian testing i386 without GUI?

I had an old computer in which I want to install Debian, but it is so old that I thought that I should install Debian without any desktop environment. I tried out their latest stable version, which is ...
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Windows 7 to Debian Linux: install without CD/DVD or USB drive or net during install

Installed : Windows 7 home premium. Now want Debian Linux. Tried a couple of things (see question below). Got installer menu using win32-loader.exe of Debian from the goodbye-ms site. But I have a ...
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Can I install a distro to one partition while using a distro installed on another?

I currently have two partitions with Linux distros installed on them. I am currently using one with Mint 14, and you could call the other deprecated. I just found out about the release of Mint 15, ...
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Install Debian with only essential packages

I am attempting to build an extremely minimal installation of Debian. What is the best way to install the operating system with only packages marked as Essential, excluding Important and Recommended ...
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Disconnecting drives for dual-boot installation

Related to my post about my Arch installation, I'm wondering whether the following procedure would work: Disconnect sda Install Arch normally on sdb as if on a single-drive system Disconnect sdb, ...
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How to install Debian on Acer Chromebook C720?

I did manage to find a set of scripts to install Ubuntu 13.10 onto a Chromebook (see link). However, every hour or so, I get a "System program problem detected" error. This is obviously not very ...
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Reinstall Debian

I have a Debian based server but I don't have physical access to it and it doesn't have a DVD-drive or similar. I only have root access. Is it possible to format and reinstall Debian just by using the ...
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Debian - Install required CD ROM

Today I was trying to install Debian Jessie (8.6 20160917 15:03), using netinstall ISO, Live CD ISO (on usb device) and network boot install. But every time, after create all partitions the installer ...
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LiveUSB stuck after “Probing EDD” during boot

I am trying to install Arch Linux on a brand new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 4th. When I start from my LiveUSB image, it gets stuck right after the following line (which is the first line of the screen):...
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Debian on Chromebook - Installer reboots

I'm trying to install Debian 8.1 64bit on a Toshiba Chromebook cb30 from USB. I previously had successfully installed the 32bit version on the same laptop (32bit by accident... hence the reinstall). ...
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Triple boot, windows 10, ubuntu(want to overwrite with linux mint) and kali linux

new linux user and have some questions. I currently am dual booting Ubuntu and Windows 10, and they each have their own SSD (mistakes from first 2 attempts made me get each on their own SSD). So, the ...
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/home partition

I am facing the following doubt. I installed Arch time ago with a home separate partition. My issue is that I need to reinstall the system and I don't have a backup of my /home. Would a new ...
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Cannot even start Devuan/Debian installation

I have a problem installing Devuan Linux 2.0 from an USB memory stick. What happens is that after the first menu, where I have to select graphic/textual installation, all I get is a blank screen. I ...
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Bring Debian to second Position in the GRUB Menu at startup

So, I currently have BOSS Linux and I am going to install Debian (currently installing right now) And I want my older OS (BOSS linux), on the first position and the debian, (freshly installed) to be ...
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How to install Redhat using the iso image stored on Network

I want to install Redhat 5.6 on my system. I don't want to use the actual DVD but I want to install it using the ISO image stored on one of our server's hard disks. How can I do that?
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Booting from usb fails as I try to install elementary OS on my PC

I'm trying to install Elementary OS Luna on my PC. The problem is that every time I try to boot from my usb, on which I've got the OS installation files, it fails. First I press F12 to get to the ...
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Dual boot debian/Win XP - hidden partitions and primary partition limit

I decided it's (finally) time to make my eee a debian/WinXP dual boot. I have Windows already installed and chose to sacrifice most of an existing data partition for debian. Here's how the partitions ...
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Install Arch Linux on existing ext4 partition

I have Windows 10 which has three partitions and Ubuntu Mate with two ext4 partitions (one for / and one for /home) and a swap partition. How can I install Arch Linux on one of those two ext4 ...
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Reinstalling Debian from command as root

Reading about I came across this Stack Exchange question regarding re-installing. My current system has been messed up quite bad to say the least. I can only obtain root access when running recovery ...
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Installing without booting

The usual Linux install process is as follows: put install iso onto DVD or USB stick boot machine using DVD or USB boot machine using DVD or USB install What I am wondering about is, given a working ...
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Debian 9 not booting to GUI

I've just installed Debian 9 into an old Toshiba notebook and everything went fine during the installation: Installation complete Installation is complete, so it is time to boot into your new ...
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Bodhi installation hangs

I am currently trying to install Bodhi linux (version as of 2014_07_09) to my Laptop. I booted from USB-drive into the live environment and hit install. After some attempts I even found on the Distro'...
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Installation Error: Kernel Panic - not syncing

I have a machine with the following spec: CPU: Intel i7-2600S 2nd Gen Core 2.8GHz Low Voltage CPU 65W TDP RAM: 8GB DDR3 - 2 of these so I got 16GB of RAM. I want to install a Linux distribution ...
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How to make bootable pendrive for Kali Linux in UEFI system?

I tried making a bootable pendrive for Kali Linux in order to dual boot Kali Linux with Windows using Rufus on my laptop. I am using GPT drive and UEFI system. But Rufus gives the error that the ISO ...
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Why Debian CD has 52 CD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 31 Debian CDs — Why? and which do I need for a vanilla desktop install? I am about to install Debian. But Debian has 52 CD Images - how can Debian be so large? 52 CDs ...
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Can't access server after rvm install

I messed up my server yesterday, and im not quite sure how to get it straight again. After trying to install SiriProxy by severall guides failing one after the other on the step for rvm and ...
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Fedora 26 i386 installation fails: “rpcbind.lock: No such file or directory”

My desktop with i686 CPU is currently running macOS Mavericks and I'm trying to install Fedora 26 i386 via DVD. Unfortunately, when it boots the DVD and I select "Start Fedora-Workstation-Live 26" it ...
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Installation and booting scenarios for combinations of boot sector (GPT or MBR), firmware (BIOS or UEFI)?

I think all the confusions in this post come from coexistence of old and new technologies and abuse of terminology such as mentioned in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Why is FreeBSD rebooting during installation?

I have a samsung laptop which is around 1.5 years old. I am currently running arch linux and have run various linux distributions successfully in the past. The hardware is not obsolete and the ...
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how to boot an install disc in EFI mode?

Per this answer on how to create an EFI System Partition (ESP): (Quite likely though that the install disc itself must be booted in EFI mode, too, otherwise it won't bother setting up UEFI boot....