as a project I have been building a supercomputer cluster out of old(ish) computers. I decided to use Linux mint and successfully installed it on two out of 5 computers however on the 3rd computer I encountered an error. the installer would run fine up until the select the drive screen at which point it reverts to the previous screen (select partioning)and this ends up in a loop (parting to drive select to portioning to drive select ect), I have tried both drives and nether make any change. it is not the boot media as it worked on the pervious 2 devices. I made a new boot usb a (this time 64 bit) and encountered the exact same issue. the computer specs are as follows:

  1. dual core intel chip
  2. 1.5 gz chip
  3. 2 GB ram
  4. 580 GB(one 500 GB and one 80 GB drives)
  5. previously running windows XP

I am unable to install the media on the 4th computer due to a issue with the boot loader.

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    Not much of a supercomputer cluster, when a single modern computer is faster. But, have if you are having fun, go at it :)
    – Keltari
    Nov 25 '18 at 23:30
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    knew someone would say that, quite frankly most computers do not have 9 cores and 12 GB of ram. the computers are not all identical. Nov 25 '18 at 23:59
  • care to explain the down vote? Nov 26 '18 at 11:15
  • @acejavelin thanks for the help mate, worked like a charm! Dec 1 '18 at 9:07

Assuming the hardware is good, then something is likely wrong with partition table. Use Gparted and delete the current partition table and create a new one, then install Mint.

  • thanks! worked like a charm! Cluster up and running. Said cluster now running some pi calculations! Dec 2 '18 at 9:43

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