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Post by davovinch » Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:51 pm

Hi Folks,
I’m loving my Mint 17.1 on my laptop and my Mint 13 on my old P4 but I’ve got a 2002 custom build based on an epox board that refuses as many linux distros as I could find to try.
epox 8rda+ board
nvidia n force chipset
SIS video card

board runs xp fine and will run Mint 17.1,elementary,fedora,lxle, from the live iso just fine.
BUT
when I try to install the install drops out before it finishes copying files. No error message no dialog box, just install disappears and the little rotating marker just keeps rolling forever. I have to force a shutdown.
Same with Mint 13
Other distros fail at various points, some wont even get going, Fedora makes the whole system go crazy with the cdrom and hard drive running constantly.
I have removed all cards except the video card (which I need)
I have swapped to two other harddrives that have been zeroed and/or formatted before install.
I’ve even removed the floppy drive.

Folks, I am at my wits end.

Re: No Distro will install

Post by Pierre » Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:21 am

first off — run the live environment in comparability mode,
— usually the 2nd item on the boot menu.

Re: No Distro will install

Post by mank_in » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:50 am

Re: No Distro will install

Post by Pjotr » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:59 am

(if you type: the letter F is a capital letter)

Copy/paste the output in your next message.

Re: No Distro will install

Post by Mark Phelps » Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:15 am

Re: No Distro will install

Post by girolez » Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:38 am

When you have the live mint session running, before selecting the install icon, open a terminal and run this:

(it won’t ask for a password)

It should install now. This issue, I believe, is that the SiS graphics fails when confronted with the slide show and it locks up forever. I found this advice in a post on these forums from 2010 and have needed it with installing maya xfce on my 2003 laptop

Re: No Distro will install

Post by davovinch » Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:31 am

Re: No Distro will install

Post by davovinch » Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:53 am

UPDATE
Disabling the slideshow seemed to work. 17.1 did install although it hung right at the very end after it ejected my DVD with a $ showing on a black screen. I held in the power button as I didn’t know what else to do.
17.1 boots up and runs and I have done the first round of updates

BUT
There is no green M splashscreen during boot, just monitor cannot display message. I’d like to get the spashscreen back if I could

YouTube videos do not work, Adobe test says I need a plug in but firefox says I have flash and pkg manager says I have up-to-date trusty flash, hmmm
VLC player plays DVD movie perfectly.

BTW here is the promised terminal shot

$ inxi -Fxz
System: Host: mint Kernel: 3.13.0-37-generic i686 (32 bit, gcc: 4.8.2)
Desktop: Xfce 4.11.6 (Gtk 2.24.23) Distro: Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca
Machine: Mobo: N/A model: nVidia-nForce Bios: Phoenix version: 6.00 PG date: 07/29/2004
CPU: Single core AMD Athlon (-UP-) cache: 256 KB flags: (sse) bmips: 2305.11 clocked at 1150.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 315PRO PCI/AGP VGA Display Adapter bus-ID: 02:00.0
X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: sis (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1280×1024@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 3.4, 128 bits) GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 10.1.3 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card-1: NVIDIA nForce2 AC97 Audio Controler (MCP) driver: snd_intel8x0 ports: d400 d800 bus-ID: 00:06.0
Card-2: NVIDIA nForce Audio Processing Unit bus-ID: 00:05.0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-37-generic
Network: Card: NVIDIA nForce2 Ethernet Controller driver: forcedeth port: d000 bus-ID: 00:04.0
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac:
Drives: HDD Total Size: 76.4GB (-) 1: id: /dev/sda model: Maxtor_6E040L0 size: 41.1GB temp: 34C
2: USB id: /dev/sdb model: Cruzer_Blade size: 4.0GB temp: 0C 3: USB id: /dev/sdc model: DT_101_G2 size: 31.2GB temp: 0C
Partition: ID: / size: 501M used: 36M (8%) fs: overlayfs ID: swap-1 size: 2.11GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID: No RAID devices detected — /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 21.8C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 139 Uptime: 4 min Memory: 175.3/1001.9MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.2 Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4
mint@mint

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At least it works, thank you again.

Re: No Distro will install

Post by girolez » Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:59 pm

Glad it worked. I think your remaining issues are to do with the age of your processor (you did not say exactly which model of amd athlon). I suspect it does not run sse2 instructions which would explain the issues you are having. If I’m right the best solution is to install an older version such as maya 13 which has packages which dont need sse2. You would still be unable to run some packages such as chromium (after version 34). You can check my guess by running this in terminal:

It either will or wont have sse2 listed in the output.

Re: No Distro will install

Post by Reorx » Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:47 am

Full time Linux Mint user since 2011 — Currently running mostly LM21C.

Re: No Distro will install

Post by gold_finger » Fri Mar 27, 2015 4:05 am

girolez is correct. Adobe stopped (Linux) support for that processor in its latest versions of flash. You need to install an outdated older version of flash to play flash-based videos properly. Problem with that is the old version is exposes you to possible security problems because it doesn’t have latest fixes. Keep that in mind — you might want to consider keeping the flash disabled until you actually want to use it. (On the plus side — many sites, including Youtube, are starting to use HTML5 instead of flash which eliminates the need for flash.)

Anyway, installing Mint 13 won’t solve the problem because the first time you update the system it will pull in an updated version of flash, which will destroy its functionality again on your machine. Instead, keep Mint 17 that you already installed and use this tutorial to get rid of current flash version and install the latest compatible old version for your system: How to Fix Flash Video Problems on Older Computers.

P.s. Given the limitations of older systems like yours don’t expect the video performance to be without some hiccups, especially if you try playing flash videos in full-screen mode. A good way around the performance limitations on Youtube flash videos is to stream the videos through VLC media player either directly or by using SMTube. You can install SMTube with this command in a terminal:

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Re: No Distro will install

Post by davovinch » Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:31 am

Hi all,
This machine runs Win XP usually, I have swapped out the Harddrive temporarily with another of the same model to do this experiment. Under XP I run the latest version of Flash and play YouTube vids perfectly even in full screen mode. This would lead me to think that there is something not right in Firefox under this install.The Flash web page diagnostics say that I’m missing a plugin but Firefox shows I have it and it is up to date. Im going to have to play aroud with this.
In my older P4 box running Maya I play YouTube just fine and that machine was old long before the AMD box was built. BTW the processer is AMD K-6-2.

These are niggling problems and perhaps I shouldn’t waste space under this topic with them as they have nothing to do with the OP but you folks have helped me out so nicely I hate to let you go.

Re: No Distro will install

Post by MtnDewManiac » Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:44 am

Keep in mind that Microsoft’s Windows XP OS is now unsupported, so many things in it can be considered «static.» IOW, if something worked in it a while back, I’d expect that state to exist ten years from now. Well, assuming that it was installed deep underground in a bunker that had no access to other computers , since, AfaIK, it is not receiving security updates, either (and never was entirely secure to begin with).

Linux, OtOH, can be considered «dynamic;» it changes and, presumably, evolves. And nothing lasts forever. A graphics manufacturer may drop support for one or more of its older cards. Sure, an old graphics driver should allow an old graphics card to function. However, in practice, this does not always equate to success in reality. That old graphics driver might have as a dependency (IOW, require in order to function) an older version of a library (et cetera) which has been superseded by a newer version. In theory, you could search out and find all of the old versions of files that such an old graphics driver requires — but what, then, of all the other components that make up a functioning system that require the newer versions?

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Of course, the above might not be part of your problem. IDK, really. But when I read this:

I did begin to wonder. I thought my Desktop was «ancient» in computer terms; it, too, had an AMD CPU. My CPU was introduced way back in 2002. And it’s an Athlon 2200+. Just how old is your computer, anyway? All I remember about the K6-2 (and the memory is rather vague, so it might be faulty) is that it was introduced some time in the late ’90s, had pretty poor floating-point performance, had a FSB speed of either 66 or 100 mHz, did not have much cache memory (at least compared to recent — or. well, not-so-recent CPUs), and the CPU topped out at around 550mHz. IIRC, it competed against Intel P2s and the slower Celerons of that era.

I like Mint a lot(!), and see that you must want to use it, because you’ve had some issues and are still trying. I hope you are successful in getting Mint installed and set up so that you end up with a fully-functional, completely usable system. But. If at some point, you decide to give up, I’d rather see you find another linux distro that is more compatible with your hardware than to go back to an unsupported and insecure OS (Windows XP). That might be a challenge — if not now, then in the future, since your computer appears to have less prowess than my discount cell phone (and is quite a bit older). Some distros that are — or, at least, were — said to run on old computers:

AntiX (its Wiki page states «It should run on most computers, ranging from 64MB old PII 266 systems with pre-configured 128MB swap to the latest powerful boxes. 128MB RAM is recommended minimum for antiX. The installer needs minimum 2.2GB hard disk size.»)

Again, I hope that you get Mint working 100% on your hardware. But if you don’t, there are options that may allow you install some form of linux on your old computer instead of throwing it away or continuing to use Windows XP.

Mint 18 Xfce 4.12.

If guns kill people, then pencils misspell words, cars make people drive drunk, and spoons made Rosie O’Donnell fat.

Re: No Distro will install

Post by gold_finger » Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:27 pm

That’s because Adobe continued its support for flash-plugin under Windows. It discontinued support under Linux. So, on that machine you’ll need to use an outdated version of flash-plugin — the newer ones won’t work. Your P4 machine apparently doesn’t have the same problem. Its CPU is not one of the ones they stopped supporting. Mint has no control over this issue — it’s cause by Adobe. Also, in general they do a better job making compatibility with Windows than in Linux, which is probably why videos play better under XP than in Mint on that machine.

If you install the old flash-plugin, sites will complain about it and you’ll get the screen with a circle and a dash in the middle of it along with warning to install newer version. You can simply click inside the circle to get a pop-up that lets you tell the site to stop warning you and use the old plugin.

Alternatively, you can stream using SMTube like I stated before.

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Dreamer451 commented May 22, 2020

Your Windows build number: 2004 (19041.26.4)

What you’re doing and what’s happening:

  1. installed WSL using directions at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/install-win10
  2. restarted the computer
  3. installed Kali Linux from the Windows Store
  4. restarted the computer
  5. ran bash.exe at a Powershell command line (running as administrator).
  • got the message:
    Windows Subsystem for Linux has no installed distributions.
    Distributions can be installed by visiting the Microsoft Store:
    https://aka.ms/wslstore

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rescenic commented May 22, 2020

bash.exe ? how about just type: wsl.exe

Dreamer451 commented May 23, 2020

Windows Subsystem for Linux has no installed distributions.
Distributions can be installed by visiting the Microsoft Store:
https://aka.ms/wslstore

dglinder commented Jun 2, 2020 •

I’m getting the same error message. I have installed a few Linux images (Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Debian, etc) but all get this error when starting:

Running «wsl -l -v» from an administrator or «normal» power-shell command line reports the same:

The Add/Remove menu AND the Windows Store both a number of Ubuntu and other WSL apps installed.

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This machine is running Windows 10 2004 (OS Build 19041.264), and Hyper-V is installed, and virtualization is enabled in the BIOS (VMWare Workstation works with Hyper-V now after the latest OS update).

rescenic commented Jun 2, 2020 •

I’m getting the same error message. I have installed a few Linux images (Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Debian, etc) but all get this error when starting:

Running «wsl -l -v» from an administrator or «normal» power-shell command line reports the same:

The Add/Remove menu AND the Windows Store both a number of Ubuntu and other WSL apps installed.

This machine is running Windows 10 2004 (OS Build 19041.264), and Hyper-V is installed, and virtualization is enabled in the BIOS (VMWare Workstation works with Hyper-V now after the latest OS update).

Have you enabled Virtual Machine Platform in Windows Features?

dglinder commented Jun 3, 2020

Yes, I’ve enabled «Virtual Machine Platform», Windows Subsystem for Linux», and everything under the «Hyper-V» section.

rescenic commented Jun 3, 2020 •

@dglinder Try Network Reset in Windows Settings (or use search bar, type network reset), and restart your computer.

What-is-water93 commented Jun 4, 2020 •

Same issue (wsl command outputs no installed distributions, regardless of the distribution I installed.) I can start and use the distributions, but they are installed on wsl1, even after I changed default to WSL2, and since they arent recognized the command to convert them to WSL2 doesnt work.
I tried network reset & restart and still didnt detect the distribution, before and after I reinstalled Ubuntu.

dglinder commented Jun 4, 2020

@rescenic I did the Network Reset then rebooted — same issue.

FireMasterK commented Jun 4, 2020

I’m facing the same issue, WSL 1 works fine but WSL 2 doesn’t work for some reason.


What-is-water93 commented Jun 6, 2020

I found out what my issue is: Opening the powershell as admin and using the WSL command. If you open it as regular user, it works like it should — most likely because my admin account didnt have any WSL distributions.

Dreamer451 commented Jun 6, 2020

It works now that I have reinstalled Kali—at least as a regular user. As and admin I get the message:
Windows Subsystem for Linux has no installed distributions.
Distributions can be installed by visiting the Microsoft Store:
https://aka.ms/wslstore

adspon commented Aug 20, 2020 •

I found out what my issue is: Opening the powershell as admin and using the WSL command. If you open it as regular user, it works like it should — most likely because my admin account didnt have any WSL distributions.

This solved my problem! 🙂 tnx man

V4A001 commented Sep 13, 2020 •

Same issue here. Weird and user unfriendly. Mostly happening for users working with a separate admin account next to their regular account for development.
So run power shell without admin and use that to follow the steps under : «Set your distribution version to WSL 1 or WSL 2»

BnH2081 commented Nov 10, 2020

@rescenic I did the Network Reset then rebooted — same issue.

hi, can i ask you help me if you fixed this priiblem?

edisonvillela commented Nov 26, 2020

mbartelsm commented Apr 10, 2021 •

For people who still have this problem regardless of the proposed solution.

After installing Ubuntu (or whatever distro you get from the Ms Store), you need to run the app first at least once before you can invoke it from the command line.

  1. Install steps detailed in the ms website
  2. Search and run «Ubuntu» from your start menu
  3. Follow the instructions
  4. Now wsl can find the distro

craiglandis commented May 9, 2021

For people who still have this problem regardless of the proposed solution.

After installing Ubuntu (or whatever distro you get from the Ms Store), you need to run the app first at least once before you can invoke it from the command line.

  1. Install steps detailed in the ms website
  2. Search and run «Ubuntu» from your start menu
  3. Follow the instructions
  4. Now wsl can find the distro

This solved it for me also, but how can that step be scripted?

majaa commented May 14, 2021

I found out what my issue is: Opening the powershell as admin and using the WSL command. If you open it as regular user, it works like it should — most likely because my admin account didnt have any WSL distributions.

Totally makes sense! 🙂 Thanks man for saving some time here!

casnix commented Mar 9, 2022

The above solution is good and well until a service account is needed. For example, I have a 2019 server with a service account that is allowed to start/stop scheduled tasks. One of these tasks is a program that runs only under WSL or Linux. Normally, a service account can be headless and not require a local login to set up a program or the permissions to access the server with RDP. in the case of WSL you cannot install a distro from the command line. It would be a huge improvement if this were possible, making scripting and turnup a breeze.

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