An older Dell laptop (non PAE Inspiron 600m) with mint 13 xfce and windows xp. Decided to try lmde 32-bit MATE. Tried this three different ways - from a DVD, and from a couple of usb sticks. On the mint 13 installation I have separate /, /boot, and /home partitions. I first tried to install to / with formatting of that partition (/dev/sda9), and mounting the /home partition (/dev/sda8). I also tried installing everything to a newly formatted / (in a different partition). In each case, I okay'd installing grub to /dev/sda which is the laptop's hard disk. In each case upon reboot I end up in the recovery console. After going through the applicable recovery console steps: First set prefix=(hd0,6)/grub; Second set root=(hd0,6); Third insmod normal; Fourth normal. Then I boot from the mint 13 entry. After mint 13 is up, I go to CLI and do a sudo update-grub followed by a sudo grub-install /dev/sda. Then I reboot, choose the lmde entry and promptly get 3 warnings as follows:error no such device (with an UUID);error no such partition;error you need to load the kernel first;press any key to continue. This sequence (starting from the recovery console) occurred with all installation attempts.
Any ideas. Oh, and by the way, I did verify the md5sum and additionally this was from a torrent, and the problem occurred with 2 flash drives and one DVD. I'd guess that this is fixable by tweaking something in the grub cfg file, but I don't know what that something is.