Install linux mint debian along windows

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Install linux mint debian along windows

Postby Fwission on Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:10 pm

So I completed a mint debian install from my hardrive and it was pretty successful, I installed the boot loader to /boot and had a /. The problem came on reboot where my computer could not find ANY boot loader, giving me the generic Grub> This forced me to reinstall the windows boot loader. Is there any way I can get linux mint debian to boot alongside windows with either a mint loader or windows loader?
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Re: Install linux mint debian along windows

Postby hal8000 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:49 pm

When you install grub in a boot partition, it still has to write the bootloader into the MBR. I think something went wrong
when you installed grub, so I'd reinstall it again.
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Re: Install linux mint debian along windows

Postby tdockery97 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:53 pm

Yes, if you want Grub to control all the booting on your computer, you need to install it to /dev/sda (which is where the MBR is located).
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Re: Install linux mint debian along windows

Postby HughT on Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:56 pm

You can re-install grub as follows: from a live CD
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sudo mount /dev/sdXY /mnt

replace X and Y with the appropriate drive and partition for Mint boot partition.
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sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sdX
note - there's a gap between =/mnt and /dev, and no partition number after sdX
re-boot into Mint then
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sudo update-grub
Next time you turn on your PC you should see a grub screen giving the option of booting to Windows or Mint.
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Re: Install linux mint debian along windows

Postby xenopeek on Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:16 pm

Moved here by moderator. Reason: LMDE.
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