Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” Released – Installation Guide with Screenshots & Features

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25 Responses

  1. Don says:

    First THANKYOU for the clean, concise and accurate procedures presented here. Im a former 90s/ early Y2K (remember that?) IT guy, Computer Consultant in the day. Fell asleep for 15 years. Installed 1st dedicated Linux Mint Cinnamon Ver 17.3 desktop last night. Great Instructions! One observation is very few sites reference ver 17.3, even the LinuxMint user docs are still 17.2.
    One issue was with Bios grub partition in step 6. Then left click on unallocated space, select New and enter the following settings for this partition then click on Add.
    1. New size = 20 Mib
    2. File system = Unformatted
    3. Label = Bios Grub
    Upon Step 11 press [Ctrl]+[Enter] keys and hit on Apply pop-up…. The File system automatically set itself to NTFS. This just felt wrong… I deleted the entry and redone. Same thing occurred. Still felt wrong for Bios grub so I changed File system to ext4 and it accepted it. Continued with installation and all so far seems fine. Is this CORRECT? I believe it has something to do with my bios. American Megatrends ver 2.61? I didn’t find anything in bios config which allowed me to specify OS to be installed. How will the ext4 for Bios Grub effect system performance and communicating with other windows drives/ files (when I add them)? Also is there any adverse effects or steps to take if I attempt to upgrade my bios?
    Thank you again… Very nice much appreciated!

  2. NewToLinuxToo says:

    @lxhopeful, instead of leaving it as unformatted, you can choose ext4. In some of the other screenshots of step #13 it shows the format as ext4. I first tried with unformatted and was unsuccessful in the install. I went back into gparted and changed it to ext4 and was able to run through the install successfully.

  3. lxhopeful says:

    I got to instruction #13 and stopped. The Swap partition has one of those orange warning icons and the File system = unknown, the label is gone and under Used and Unused there are —.

    the info states:
    Status: not mounted; there’s no UUID or label and the Warning says:
    Unable to detect the file system! Possible reasons are:
    -file system is damaged
    -file system is unknown to GParted
    -there is no file system available (unformatted)
    -the device entry /dev/sda3 is missing

    Can this be fixed, can the partitions be deleted and I start over. I have not completed the installation as I have already replaced Windows 8.1, I think. That is not a big deal as that was my intent anyway.

    Don’t know if this has anything to do with it, but while I setting up swap, I clicked undo a couple of times because I had entered the incorrect amount.

    Also the other thing I noticed in screenshot #13 is that the /dev/sda1 (the one set for 20MB) as unknown File System but mine came up as nfts with the orange warning icon.

    Is anything major wrong and can I start over. I won’t shut the computer down since there’s no OS at the moment except for the Live USB.

    • Matei Cezar says:

      Since you don’t have any important data to save from partitions, a complete start over is indicated. In case you must save data from partitions use a live CD to mount damaged partitions and proceed with data saving, using testdisk or photorec!

  4. Pratyay Barman says:

    I have ASUS AM1A-ITX as my motherboard which only has UEFI .Do I need to do the 7th step (i.e. creating 300 MB partition to hold the Boot Grub) ?

  5. Finnipinni says:

    I’ve been insider for W8 and W10.
    I do not like the way MS is turning this systen into a supermarket supporter. The program prior case is to makeit easy to shop – in as many shops as you like.
    Bugs are not beeing taken proper care of. Devicemanager do not show all CPU activity – CPU beeing hot with no activity ? Not born yesterday…
    And IrDA does not work, an I am dependent on that. SI’m dropping out !
    Before this insiderhoaks I used Mint up to v.13.
    Now I’m sitting on UEFI mobo and GPT-disks all over – and no DVD player.
    It has to be USB-stik for the first time.
    This – wery long – instruction I didn’t quite follow.
    1. Can I dowload Mint17 directly to the stick ?
    2. Do I have to do anything with the stick? (USB3-NTFS)
    3. Do I have to do anything in the UEFI ? Its running sole UEFI, Legacy is disabled.
    Many questions from me….
    Thanks i anvance :)


  7. John says:

    Why not put all the caviots at the top of the article? I’m on a small hard drive and followed the guide step by step only to read at the end, “stick with MBR”.

  8. Mark says:

    I appreciate the thoroghness and simplicity of this tutorial , however it has a fatal flaw:

    If the EFI partition is not set to FAT32 before beginning installation, the new Mint installation will not build the GPT correctly and will not boot, showing the error “Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected.” on the boot screen… until I changed the partition to FAT32 and reinstalled. Then it booted just fine.


  9. John says:

    This is a late answer, but may it will help you:

    I would suggest change Fat32 in NTFS

  10. jr says:

    This is a pretty old threat but I’m hoping one of you guys can help me..
    I can’t get mint linux 17.1 to allow me to install on FAT32 format /boot partition… Any suggestions?

    • Mark says:

      If you’re just looking for a shared space for music and videos format a new partition in FAT32 for that purpose. FAT is not a very good file system… it blocks all the time. NTFS would be better for such a shared area.

      • Ravi Saive says:

        FAT32 is too old filesystem and don’t have much support for latest filesystems, so always use NTFS…:)

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