4.3:    Special situations

Older hardware

If you are trying to install MEPIS Linux 7.0 on older hardware, and the LiveCD is running very slowly, try the following:

Without a CD

Even if your computer does not have a bootable CD or DVD drive, you can install MEPIS Linux 7.0.

For instance, if your system supports booting from a USB drive (Apple does not) you should be able to boot to the flash drive and proceed with the install normally. On a second computer, boot to the LiveCD and create a bootable MEPIS Linux 7.0 flash drive using the MEPIS System Assistant. Most users report this method is actually much faster than a traditional CD installation.

For other alternative boot methods, see the Links and Guides subsection.


4.4:    Troubleshooting

Lockups during installation

If MEPIS Linux 7.0 is locking up during installation, it is usually due to a problem with faulty computer hardware, or a bad CD. Refer to Section 2 for details on verifying your MEPIS Linux 7.0 CD.

If you have determined that the CD is not the problem, it may be due to faulty RAM, a faulty hard drive, or some other piece of faulty or incompatible hardware.

Installed MEPIS Linux 7.0 does not boot

After a reboot, it sometimes happens that your computer reports that no operating system or bootable disk was found. Usually, this means that either you failed to install GRUB, or you failed to mark at least one partition bootable (a.k.a. “active”) during custom partitioning of the hard drive.

To fix this, try the following:

  1. Boot to the LiveCD, log in as demo
  2. Launch Gparted, and select the drive on which you installed MEPIS Linux 7.0
  3. The partition on which you installed MEPIS Linux 7.0 should say “Active” in the “Status” field. If it does not, right-click it and select set active. Then click Commit.
  4. If that was not the problem, launch the MEPIS System Assistant and run a GRUB repair. If you did not previously install GRUB to the MBR, this might be something to try. Experts can use the initrd option.
  5. If this still does not fix it, you may have a faulty hard drive. Use the MEPIS System Assistant (from the LiveCD) to check your MEPIS Linux 7.0 partition for bad blocks.