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Errors trying to install Linux mint

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  1. catlady13

    catlady13 Thread Starter

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    Hi, I am trying to install Linux mint on an HP envy rove 20. AIO for a friend. I have almost no experience with Linux . This pc has no OS at the moment. I am using a bootable USB stick.

    I got to the GNU GRUB 2.02. I click on enter to install or proceed and I get 2 errors
    Error: failure reading sector 0x0 on hd0
    Error: you need to load the kernel first

    I have tried searching the net but haven’t found anything helpful yet. Does this mean it is not finding the hard drive?
    Please help this Linux illiterate.
    Thank you
     
  2. SpywareDr

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    It means there is an error so serious on the hard drive that it cannot install itself there.
     
  3. Johnny b

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    If the hard drive is defective and the owner doesn't want to invest in a new hard drive, setting up a Linux Live install on a bootable flash drive is an option.

    I'm posting with a computer that boots XenialPup Linux from a flash drive, and has no hard drive.
     
  4. SpywareDr

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    If you are running Linux directly from a USB/DVD, it would simply be called "Linux Live" instead of "Linux Live Install". ;)
     
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    How did you make the Usb stick ? (Those errors may be about the stick not a hard drive.)
     
  6. SpywareDr

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    Grub2 calls the first hard drive hd0 (and the next hard drive hd1).
     
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    Maybe so but would a faulty hard drive stop Mint booting from a Usb stick ?
     
  8. SpywareDr

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    I don't know. I would assume though that the first error "failure reading sector 0x0 on hd0" would need to be resolved first.
     
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    I think it may have used hd0 for the Usb stick, I can't be sure though but if it has maybe the problem is on the stick, that's why I asked the OP how the stick was made.
     
  10. SpywareDr

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    Yep, understand. Might be a good idea to run the hard drive manufacturer's Hard Drive Diag utility to check the hard drive though.
     
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    You can boot from the USB even if the HDD is non-existent on a system. Try to start a live session if you can and then try to check the SMART status of the HDD. I'm not sure but mint must contain some sort of application/software that can check for smart status on the HDD. I use the Kubuntu LTS version and I get the KDE Partition manager preinstalled on it. There must be something similar on Linux Mint, I guess.

    Also, check that RAM is not faulty. You might need to do a little googling.

    I hope this helps
     
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