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I built an HTPC asrock a75m-itx motherboard amd a6 3500 apu 8gb corsair vengeance 1600 Ram I can install Windows Vista and 7 32 or 64bit but am unable to install Linux Ubuntu.
I managed to install Linux Mint but when it rebooted the system just hangs and will not load. So far Ive updated the BIOS to the latest. I've tried different DVD drives and different Hard drives. Has anyone had a similar problem?
post #2 of 15
Would need a bit more info other than " rebooted and it just hangs ". What is it hanging at? and any other type of info would be nice.
post #3 of 15
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When I restarted the PC I get the Asrock post screen then the screen goes blank. so far I've I've installed Linux Mint 13 Maya 64bit and 12 Lisa 32bit but after rebooting nothing . I tried changing Sata mode from IDE to AHCI and disabled the PCIE and HDMI but still its not booting.
post #4 of 15
Hmm, you shouldn't have to change the BIOS settings - if it works for Windows, it should work for Linux (the BIOS is more low-level, and more about hardware interaction/set-up)

Does Mint 13 run as a live CD? You should be able to use the system without installing it.
You can check out what went wrong, by mounting your hard drive and looking in the /var/log folder

Edit: If you're not sure how to do that, let me know, I'll try to reply at lunch smile.gif
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post #5 of 15
Im curious if you got this working since i have the same setup and want to run mint or Ubuntu.
post #6 of 15
Is this a UEFI board or definitely a BIOS. If the former, then the issue might lie with GRUB. However I have exactly zero experience with installing Linux of UEFI boards so someone else might have to chip in if this is the case.
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Is this a UEFI board or definitely a BIOS. If the former, then the issue might lie with GRUB. However I have exactly zero experience with installing Linux of UEFI boards so someone else might have to chip in if this is the case.

If it's GRUB then there is an issue. From what I can tell Grub2 should handle UEFI? If not, you might need syslinux as I swear that has UEFI.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=A75M-ITX
Supports Graphical UEFI, ASRock On/Off Play, Instant Boot, Instat Flash, APP Charger, SmartView

Well I'm stumped, apparently grub2-efi should install automatically? If not, you might need the alternate install image of Ubuntu or Mint. I'm unsure how it handles, I haven't used it myself either. You might have to install it manually, or find a grub2-efi bootcd and boot things and then manually install the packages. Really, unless somebody here knows the exact steps. lol I thought it was just handled automatically.

[edit]https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFIBooting
Apparently it's messy? I guess the alternate CD is the thing you want.

answer? http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=11842855
Edited by mushroomboy - 7/20/12 at 12:59am
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If it's GRUB then there is an issue. From what I can tell Grub2 should handle UEFI? If not, you might need syslinux as I swear that has UEFI.
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=A75M-ITX
Supports Graphical UEFI, ASRock On/Off Play, Instant Boot, Instat Flash, APP Charger, SmartView
Well I'm stumped, apparently grub2-efi should install automatically? If not, you might need the alternate install image of Ubuntu or Mint. I'm unsure how it handles, I haven't used it myself either. You might have to install it manually, or find a grub2-efi bootcd and boot things and then manually install the packages. Really, unless somebody here knows the exact steps. lol I thought it was just handled automatically.

I did read something on one of Ubuntu's guides saying GRUB-UEFI had to be manually installed. But UEFI, Ubuntu and GRUB are well outside of my comfort zone. (I was hoping you'd wonder in here actually as figured you'd be better able to help than I)
post #9 of 15
UEFI has been around for ages, why is it so difficult? I mean, Linux is normally ahead of the game in these sorts of things.

Maybe OP would have better luck with a different distro? Maybe Debian or Fedora? It might just be Ubuntu's Grub that doesn't like it. There's a ton of info on the Arch wiki, but I don't have the time to read it right now
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UEFI has been around for ages, why is it so difficult? I mean, Linux is normally ahead of the game in these sorts of things.
Maybe OP would have better luck with a different distro? Maybe Debian or Fedora? It might just be Ubuntu's Grub that doesn't like it. There's a ton of info on the Arch wiki, but I don't have the time to read it right now

It might not be related to UEFI - I'm just guessing
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