Installing Linux Mint Debian Edition via a USB stick

I installed 64-bit Mint Debian Edition today (LMDE) but I had a problem getting the image onto the USB stick. I used LinuxLive (LiLi) Usb Creator version 2.8.22 released June 1st 2013, however the default settings resulted in a usb stick that wouldn't boot properly.

The symptom was a kernel panic due to the init process being terminated. It wasn't very easy to see what the cause was, as after the panic the kernel changed the graphics mode back to a text mode which got rid of the error messages. It turned out that after mounting the initrd, it had a problem finding /boot/casper.

This problem occurred because LiLi didn't recognise the iso file, and guessed that it should use its settings for 64-bit Linux Mint Olivia. The fix was to manually select the settings for the most recent version of 64-bit Mint Debian Edition that LiLi knew about.

Settings to choose in LiLi

I was then able to boot into live mode and install to disc from there. I was slightly surprised that there was no direct install link from the boot menu but you can't have everything!

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2 Responses to Installing Linux Mint Debian Edition via a USB stick

  1. geertvb says:

    I tried this with the linuxmint-201303-mate-dvd-64bit
    Apparently there is a bug in this one. Boots good but before logging and going to graphical mode there is an error called: Invalid user id
    I gonna trie the Cinnamon edition now, hopefully with success
    Thanks for your message, and i hope people from mint and lili read this one.

  2. dan says:

    I've tried to install lmde cinnamon edition.
    every time i've tried my computer freeze completely. and its not always @the same stage.
    sometimes it freeze before graphic mode...sometimes i get into graphic mode and after a while 1-3 min it freeze...
    sometimes when i start the installer i have a very small window of that installer (small fonts/small icons inside that installer window)
    sometimes the size its normal.
    but every time it will eventually freeze.
    the best i could get with it was right when i was about to choose the partition for it.
    guess i'll wait for the next one...and hope it will work 🙂

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