I'm new here, and somewhat a noob when it comes to Linux, but here's my situation. A friend had gotten an HP netbook (11-d020) with a 32GB eMMC. Even after getting a 32GB SD for additional storage, she's still frustrated with her space filling up. I'm trying to put Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon instead of Windows to clear up some space (Mint is the first that came to mind as an easy switch for her).
Well, I've installed Linux onto other machines no problem, but this one has me stumped. First, as I go into setting up the disks, the text
Error fsyncing/closing /dev/mmcblk0rpmb: Input/output error appears. Clicking "Retry" doesn't get me anywhere, so I click "Ignore."
While working on the partitions, I see
/dev/mmcblk0, presumably the eMMC. There's also
/dev/mmcblk0rpmb, which I presume are premade partitions on the eMMC. I've considered creating partition tables for these "devices," but I'm afraid this might create another problem. Then there's
/dev/sdb, the external SD.
I've tried putting /boot onto either, and also trying efi (as well as the
/ partitions). However, either the installation says GRUB2 couldn't be installed, or the entire installation will complete but the system will say there's no booting device when I turn it on. I've seen info that Linux might not like eMMC's that had Win8.1 by default, but I'm hoping there's a fix other than creating a LiveUSB, especially since the lack of a USB 3.0 port will make that quite slow as a primary OS.
Some material I've looked at has been over my head, so I apologize if the answer has been posted somewhere. Thanks for any help.
Edit: I'll include some more information. I've been trying to accomplish the installation from a LiveUSB made from Pendrive Linux's Universal USB Installer program. I've been creating the
swap partitions. The error I mentioned where grub fails to install occurs when I tried to create an efi partition.