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[–] PewterKey 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

So I think what you need is to force ASPM in the boot options on the USB. Because you are stuck on even installing it, I'm a little unsure the exact fix. My best guess is to add the line below no quotes into the section of grub.cfg below (see the bolded section). I'm guessing the location for this edit since I've not edited a bootUSB before. The first section is for normal booting, the second is for compatibility mode which it should try after failing the normal boot.

"pcie_aspm=force"

menuentry "Start Linux Mint 18.2 Cinnamon 64-bit" { set gfxpayload=keep linux /casper/vmlinuz file=/cdrom/preseed/linuxmint.seed boot=casper iso-scan/filename=${iso_path} quiet splash pcie_aspm=force -- initrd /casper/initrd.lz

menuentry "Start Linux Mint 18.2 Cinnamon 64-bit (compatibility mode)" { linux /casper/vmlinuz file=/cdrom/preseed/linuxmint.seed boot=casper xforcevesa iso-scan/filename=${iso_path} ramdisk_size=1048576 root=/dev/ram rw noapic noacpi nosplash pcie_aspm=force irqpoll -- initrd /casper/initrd.lz

grub.cfg is found inside boot folder then inside the grub folder of the USB.

Just understand that this might not work. I'm making an educated guess since I worked through a similar bug with acpi. But I am guessing the location for these edits since I fixed it after install.

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[–] ElementalPee 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

A cursory google search seemed to indicate it has something to do with a specific network chipset. I'm assuming it's onboard, in which case you might try going into your bios setup and disabling any networking hardware. If it works, it should at least get you through the installation process and then maybe from there it would be easier to further troubleshoot.

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[–] ilikeskittles 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Any chance you have a RealTek network card?

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[–] fuckingmockies [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'm not 100% and I'm not at home, but that sounds familiar and think it's more likely than not that that's what I have.

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[–] ilikeskittles 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Well just doing a quick google on your problem. The RealTek card seems to cause that problem. If you have another option I'd try that.