I am currently trying to install two operating systems on my PC.

So far I have Windows 10 installed on one hard drive with a secondary hard drive for data storage. On my third hard drive, which is an SSD, I am trying to install a Linux OS. However, there is a problem. When the Linux starts to install, all my USB ports stop working so I am unable to use my mouse and keyboard. I thought this may be due to a disc not done properly or a problem with a specific OS so I tried a few things. I tried three different Linux OSes. On disc, I tried Ubuntu and Kali. The problem occurred when I clicked install or "try before installing". And on bootable USB I tried Linux Mint, however, I was unable to get that to work.

My PC specs:

CPU - AMD Piledriver FX-8 Eight Core 8350 Black Edition 4.00GHz (Socket AM3+) Processor

MotherBoard - Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 AMD 990FX (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard

GPU - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 WindForce 3x OC 4096MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card GV-N770OC-4GD)

RAM - TeamGroup Elite Black 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C11 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (TED316GM1600HC11DC01)

Hard Drive 1 - Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB Internal Hard Drive, 3.5" HDD, SATA III - 6Gb/s, IntelliPower, 64MB Cache, 8ms, OEM

Hard Drive 2 - Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB Internal Hard Drive, 3.5" HDD, SATA III - 6Gb/s, IntelliPower, 64MB Cache, 8ms, OEM

Hard Drive 3 - SanDisk SSD 64 GB SATA III 2.5-inch Internal SSD (This is the one I want to put Linux on)

Thanks for any help, Dan


Just a note - The most recent OS I am working on trying to install is Linux Kali. This is burned on a DVD and the USB ports work until this point

I am not using a laptop so both the mouse and keyboard stop working.

Edit 2 I took a picture and a get a long list of

[    x.xxxxxx] usb x-x: device descriptor read/64, error -71

enter image description here

  • Did you make sure that you used the USB version of the ISO? – Steampunkery Apr 17 '16 at 16:40
  • @Steampunkery I'm pretty sure I did. I think the problem was I didn't make a bootable USB properly. Anyway, that is not the main problem. I would like to find out why all the USBs stop working past clicking the first option - when the DVD launches a program – Dan Apr 17 '16 at 16:51
  • They probably stop working because the driver hasn't installed yet. Can't you navigate the install program with the keyboard? – Steampunkery Apr 17 '16 at 16:53
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    Try with the different combinations of IOMMU (AMD-Vi) and USB 3.0 option settings in the UEFI (i.e. on/on, on/off, off/on, off/off). – Tom Yan Apr 17 '16 at 17:42
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    Read 2-1 and 2-6 of the manual. Press DEL to get into UEFI settings and you can found the options R_USB3.0 Controller and IOMMU controller under Peripherals. – Tom Yan Apr 17 '16 at 18:14

OK! As per the comments above, you burn the ISO onto the USB. I have had trouble with that in the past and I find that using dd is easier and more reliable. Look at this wiki post to see how to do it properly:


I know it's for arch Linux, but it definitely works. I have personally installed 10+ ISOs with this method. If you are making the USB on a windows computer, I find that it is easier to ask a friend to their Mac or go to a library if they have Macs there. If you know anybody who also uses linux then you can ask them instead.

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    Thanks for the answer mate but I have burnt it on a DVD and it is not working. I am not sure if Linux Kali has a USB burnable version – Dan Apr 17 '16 at 17:11
  • Never mind I found a USB boot version for it and instruction on how to do it. I will get back to you once I have tried it on a USB boot – Dan Apr 17 '16 at 17:12
  • have you tried UNetBootIn? – Steampunkery Apr 17 '16 at 17:13
  • No. I shall have a look and give it a try – Dan Apr 17 '16 at 17:14
  • Okay so a made a usb which was bootable and the same errors occur – Dan Apr 17 '16 at 18:07

I tried a web search for linux your motherboard name linux MotherBoard - Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 and the first link was here http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2143433

Originally Posted by quattro_cs View Post

In the BIOS, set IOMMU to "Enabled". That fixed both USB and networking for me.

And further down, it suggests adding the boot option iommu=soft if further problems persist.

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