Installation Troubleshooting and Tips

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General Tips

GNU GRUB version 0.95 (639k lower/228228k upper memory
[Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported.
For the first word, TAB lists possible command
completions. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible
completion of a device/filename.]
(or similar) onscreen, try an alternative boot method.
For example use/burn a copy of the Ultimate Boot CD :
1. boot using the UBCD
2. select "Filesystem Tools" [F3]
3. select "Smart BootManager" [3]
4. when next menu comes up, eject the UBCD and put in your MEPIS CD
5. scroll down to the relevant CD-ROM drive (wait for the CD to stop spinning)
6. hit [TAB] to bring up the main menu
7. select "Boot it"
8. when prompted, save the change (not sure if this does anything)
9. MEPIS should then boot up as intended.


  • MEPIS doesn't boot to graphical login
  • Try different boot options: use "failsafe" option if you have problems booting.
  • Installation might fail if you have a flaky memory chip, use the utility provided on the CD to test the memory if you suspect there's something wrong with it.
  • If your CPU is overclocked: turn off overclocking during the installation.
  • Computers with Intel 965 chipset

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