mintybits, thanks for your quick reply!
So first, for some clarification, maybe my partition setup is not exactly like that described in the tutorial, but it's similar. I'll post it just so we're all clear. Here's what's currently displayed by GParted:
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/dev/sda1 ntfs 390GB boot <- Windows 7
/dev/sda2 ext4 477MB <- Mint /boot partition
/dev/sda3 extended 74GB
/dev/sda5 linux-swap 4GB
/dev/sda6 ext4 10GB <- Mint root partition ( / )
/dev/sda7 ext4 61GB <- Mint /home partition
As the tutorial suggested, I installed the boot
loader into the boot
partition I made, in this case sda2.
As for your comments, I checked the C:\NST\ directory in Windows, but I could not find any menu.lst file. Instead, a single file called "AutoNeoGrub0.mbr" exists there. This makes sense, as when I check the EasyBCD configuration, that .mbr file is specified for the Linux Mint menu item. I assume this explains the NeoGrub menu I'm getting.
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Real-mode Boot Sector
description Linux Mint (Maya)
I used EasyBCD v2.1.1 - perhaps the older versions used .lst files? I checked the EasyBCD website, and I found an interesting tutorial posted in 2011 for installing Ubuntu alongside Windows 7, but I'm not sure if that applies to my Mint configuration:http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Ubuntu
So now this finally brings me to my next question. Do you think there's an easy fix for this? If not, it's no big deal - I'm willing to reinstall Mint a second time if I have to as I haven't even been able to boot
into my first installation attempt of Mint!
If you can think of a better way to install Mint alongside Windows 7, please let me know! If I were to install Mint again, should I instead overwrite the Windows 7 MBR? I'm a little hesitant to do that after reading the following from an Ubuntu guide also found on the linuxbsdos.com website:http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2012/05/17/ho ... windows-7/
Now that you know what the overall goal is, how do you get from here to there? First, understand that if you have a computer running Windows 7, that Windows 7′s boot manager is responsible for making sure that the system boots. Installing Ubuntu on the same hard drive throws another boot manager into the mix, so the most important decision you are going to make about this, is which boot manager (Windows 7′s boot manager or Ubuntu’s) do you want to be responsible for primary boot operations?
When dual-booting Windows 7 and a Linux distribution on a computer with one hard drive, the best option is to have Windows 7′s boot manager be the primary boot manager. Why? Because whenever you reinstall or update Windows 7, its installer will overwrite anything it finds in the portion of the hard drive where critical boot-related programs are installed. That portion of the hard drive is known as the Master Boot Record (MBR). Also, certain anti-virus programs have been known to mess with the contents of the MBR, so installing GRUB in another location will ease the maintenance headache associated with your system. This point determines where GRUB will be installed.
Please let me know how I could do this better! I'm willing to reinstall Mint if I have to (at this point I can't reinstall Windows, so any solutions I'm hoping will leave Windows be). Thanks!