massive linux install fail
Folks, I've been dual-boot installing Linux on my homebuilt PCs for many years back to the early Slackware days. However, in recent years I admit I've become fat dumb and lazy as this process has gotten easier. Now I have a puzzle I can't solve - I can't find a single Linux distro that likes my new system!
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
Crucial 256 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT256M4SSD2
SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OEM
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive 3D Playback & M-DISC Support Model UH12LS29 LightScribe Support - OEM
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C8D-8GAB
GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
I first installed Windows 7 to the SSH, which went fine. All hardware found. Windows drivers updated, etc. I left a separate partition reserved and unformatted on the SSH for Linux. Memory tests, etc., all OK.
For Linux installation, I'm burning downloaded .iso files to DVD (or CD as the case may be). And yes, I always select the option to verify the burn.
I next tried to install Fedora 17 for dual-boot
Selected standard install after booting from the burned DVD. Got a blank screen. Read online about possible issues with NVIDEA drivers. From the forums, tried adding 'nouveau.noaccel=1' to the install command, no difference. Decided to remove all peripheral cards from the motherboard (video and audio) and try again. Selected install system with basic video driver. Get the graphic with the small circle slowly filling with white from left to right. Stops about 80% through. Hangs forever. Tried using a different PC and software to re-download and re-create the DVD from .iso. Same thing. Tried the Fedora 17 KDE spin iso (Fedora-17-x86_64-Live-KDE). Same thing.
For all of the distros below, I still have the video and sound cards totally removed from the motherboard.
Tried Fedora 15 (Fedora-15-x86_64-DVD.iso)
I have had success with this one on other systems. Selected install system with basic video driver. Shows install text scrolling on the terminal. Gets to 'Detecting hardware. Waiting for hardware to initialize ...' Hangs forever.
Scientific Linux (SL-62-i386-2012-02-06-Everything-DVD1 and 2). This one gets to the first install screen. However, it does not take any input from my USB keyboard. Rebooted with a different USB keyboard, same issue.
Mint 13 (linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-64bit)
White rectangle in upper left corner of screen. Hangs forever.
Ubuntu 12 (ubuntu-12.04-desktop-i386)
At boot-up, get a purple screen with a small graphic at the bottom. Then get a blank screen. Hangs forever. Actually, re-doing this a few times, I am now seeing that I can type a few characters and they show on the blank screen. But then still hangs forever.
I have to conclude that Linux just does not like my ASRock motherboard.