BIF wrote:Tried to install both today. Each installer in turn presented me with a different yet unexplainable/unexplained question or problem that I did not know how to answer or fix. Installations have been deep-sixed for the night week. It's only Tuesday and my patience is tapped.
1. Mint didn't see Windows 8, didn't see the MBR or other signs that another OS already exists (in two partitions) on my hard drive or that I have numerous existing data and application partitions on this drive. So Mint wants to install over my entire hard disk. There is no clear way for me to choose or create a partition, even after spending 20 minutes clicking here and there and everywhere on the installer dialog screen. I think one or more options may be mistakenly greyed out/unavailable, maybe due to my hard drive's partition layout/types. There is no help button for that dialog, no wizard (I hate that name), and the User Guide is no help for this part of the installation. The UG is clear and concise but only assumes successful paths and does not go into any detail about possible exception conditions or requirements for the hard drive.
2. 64 Studio uses a Debian installer; looks like my AMI Bios screens. So he can't find my "network card" and presents me with a list to choose from. My motherboard's Ethernet adapter is not in the list and the installer offers no clues to guide me. But it does try to be helpful and offer to install a Firewire Ethernet driver. Might as well offer to rotate my tires for all the good that will do me.
Even Windows 8 installed without fuss or drama. Or making me go to school.
I'll retry another day, but for the moment, my Magic 8 Ball says... "Signs point to No". I'm trying to smile anyway...
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