With this many problems I wonder if you checked if you got a good download? If not then you can check the install media. I think it is the same in Mint:
Has anyone gotten this to work via a USB flash drive?
I followed the basic Ubuntu instructions:
- Insert your Ubuntu CD into the drive of the computer that you want to run/install Ubuntu onto.
- Turn the computer on, or restart the computer.
- While booting from the CD, hold any key to access the CD menu.
And since I can't find the "Any" key, I just tap the space bar once.
Then I see the menu... (image attached)
I scroll down to the "Integrity Check" option and hit enter.
My screen turns gray. Flickers for a second. Then a few lines of text appear in the upper left-corner of the screen. Another few flickers... And finally the screen goes black with a Linux Mint logo in the center. This is where things seem to go south. The light on the USB flash drive begins flashing on/off at a constant tempo - and that's it. Nothing else ever happens until I CTRL-ALT-DEL to try again.
Same result every time I try this. I've let it sit for up to an hour before restarting. I haven't tried it with a CD because at least two of my machines don't even have an optical drive, so I do mostly everything via USB these days. But USB doesn't seem to like having an integrity check performed on it.
Has anyone else done this check via USB?
* The attached image is actually for a Linux Mint 13 menu, but the Linux Mint 17.3 MATE 64-bit menu looks identical otherwise.