- Was trying to install 'TAILS distro 3.0.1 amd64' from Windows 7 OS environment
- Created live USB using latest 'Universal USB installer 126.96.36.199'. Drives were formatted to Fat32 with device default settings before using the USB installer.
- Mobo is legacy BIOS, no UEFI or EFI. Settings used in 'Universal USB installer 188.8.131.52': distribution: Tails, ISO: 'tails-amd64-3.0.1.iso', formatted: Fat32.
- Only TAILS live USB was inserted into the USB 2.0 interface on the direct motherboard sockets.
- System hangs on "Loading operating system...", cursor blinks no progress after 6 hrs.
- Have previously installed Backtrack and Ubuntu on this system about 6-7 years ago.
- Tested the same TAILS live USB on two additional PC's and was able to get into live mode.
- Created three more TAILS live USB's using different two other USB drives and an SD card with USB converter, got the same result each time (also tested these on two other PCs and they all booted).
- Made a Windows 7 USB installed using Windows USB/DVD Download Tool, was able to boot into windows installer on the PC that wouldn't boot TAILS (find it quite strange that a Windows live USB will boot but nothing using Linux framework).
- Made live USB's of Ubuntu, Porteus, DBAN and Parted Magic. All live USB's caused system to hang on "Loading operating system..." (All of which open on my other two PC's).
- Reflashed BIOS to current version (Mobo: ga-790fxta-ud5 , version. F2), same problems and successes. Tried this twice.
- Tried using all the other USB sockets with the same result.
- Discharged static (unplugged PC, held down power button for 30s).
- Tried various other live USB creators: Rufus 2.16 portable, UNetBootin-windows-655 (still caused hang on "Loading operating system...").
- Tried unplugging SSD & HDD's and booting from live USB, no success.
- Currently running Windows 7 on problem PC in question hosted on SSD with two non-OS HDDs.
- BIOS was configured to boot from USB not the HDD, when booting from the HDD, Windows 7 boots
- Everything was the same when booting the Windows live USB i.e. same boot device selected, same USB port tried. Only difference being that the Windows Live USB tool was used to create the bootable USB.
- Two Linux distros have been installed on this PC before using the same BIOS version.
- The reason I'm posting here is because this is clearly a problem for Linux distros on my PC rather than TAILS specific.
- Superfluous information: PC posts, keyboard lights flash, no BIOS settings preventing.
- Somebody else had a similar sounding problem on this forum: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-newbie-8/stuck-on-loading-operating-system-message-when-booting-any-linux-distro-4175564038/ However, they were able to boot into live USB's, just not able to install linux distro's onto their HDD's.
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 B50
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
RAM: 2* 4GB Corsair Vengeance
HDD: Western Digital Blue 1TB (WDC WD10JPVX-00JC3T0)
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB (M4-CT128M4SSD2)
PSU: Corsair 550W
No expansion cards or peripherals
Links for softwares:
Universal USB: http://filehippo.com/download_universal-usb-installer/
Windows USB installer: http://wudt.codeplex.com/
Edited by Chonsy, 01 August 2017 - 07:49 PM.