[kwlug-help] Linux Literacy Course: Installation problem on AMD V120 notebook with live CD and persistence file on USB

Sven Merk sven.merk at yahoo.ca
Sat Oct 22 08:07:00 EDT 2011

Hello Paul,

I am challenged  with my notebook still not mounting the filesystem after having trouble with one of the live CDs. The second you gave me works and loads but I ran into the same problem that we observed on one notebook in the office the other day:

Throughout the installation a lot of messages are observed that report "sr0 - input/output error"

At the end of the installation process the file system could not be mounted and the screens remains in the text-based console with the last message: "(initramfs) mount: mounting /dev/loop0 on /filesystem.squashfs failed: input/output error.
Can not mount /dev/loop0 (/cdrom/casper/filesystem.squashfs) on //filesystem.squashfs

My notebook is an eMachine eME440 with AMD V120 processor (2.2 GHz), CD/DVD is a TSST model TS-L633C, BIOS is InsydeH20 Rev. 3.5 version 1.02, VGA on board, 256MB, ATI ver., 2 GB Ram altogether - this only as information about my experience so far; I will do some more investigation and testing this weekend.


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   1. Dealing with Linux installation problems (Paul Nijjar)


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Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 21:29:29 -0400
From: Paul Nijjar <paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca>
To: kwlug-help at kwlug.org
Subject: [kwlug-help] Dealing with Linux installation problems
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For the Linux Literacy course, the big task this week is to get Linux
working on your computer (either with a LiveCD/LiveUSB key or on your
hard drive). 

A few of you have Linux preinstalled on your computer. A few more have
gotten Linux working already. For the rest of you, here are some

- If you are stuck with a particular detail (for example, if you are
  getting an error message you can't figure out), you can post to this
  mailing list. Include the specific problem (including the exact
  error message if possible), the method you are using in getting Linux
  working (USB key, LiveCD, installing inside Windows, or installing
  standalone), and information about the make and model of your

- If you would like some one on one support, I can make appointments
  Friday evening (after 6pm) and most of the day on Saturday. If you
  would like this then please e-mail me off-list (ie use my e-mail
  address, not this kwlug-help address).

If you have not done so yet, I encourage you to try getting Linux
working on your computer, so that if you run into problems you there
will be enough time to troubleshoot them. I really hope that everybody
will have gotten Linux working and will have used it for a couple of
hours by Tuesday -- developing some basic familiarity will help you a
fair amount when we work on installing and removing programs next

- Paul 

P.S. If you have a LiveCD or Live USB key with you, bring it to class
next Tuesday. 



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