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Mint problem on dual boot Dell desktop

Postby cjrl on Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:34 am

Hi all, I have recently installed Mint 4.0 (Gnome) on my Dell desktop and am having some issues which I am keen to resolve. I have just become a Mint fan purely by chance (after toying with Ubuntu and Mepis) and this is definitely the distro I am going to stick with. Mint is the sole system on my Acer Aspire WLMi laptop and it's great.
But on my Dell desktop (which has Dell Restore and Dell Utility partitions) I am dual booting with XP. Live CD worked fine and the first boot after installation was also fine. But on subsequent boots, it has taken minutes from selecting Mint at the boot screen to reach the username screen. When that appears, it is several more minutes before the desktop appears. Applications also take several minutes to respond.
Could the Dell partitions be having an impact - and what do I do?
I should also mention that Mepis was previously installed along with XP and worked smoothly. I installed Mint over Mepis and have around 2GB swap, 10GB / and 60GB /home partitions.
Thanks for any guidance.
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Re: Mint problem on dual boot Dell desktop

Postby Fornhamfred on Sun Apr 20, 2008 2:37 pm

Welcome to Mint.

I too have Mint on a dell desktop but mine is multi booting with Windows XP Pro, Pclinux 2007, PcLinux Mini Me and Mepis 7.0. The only problem which I have encoutered is the screen blanking after boot until the login screen. Times are good.

Could you please give us more information on your hardware and whether you formatted the partitions before installing Mint.
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Re: Mint problem on dual boot Dell desktop

Postby cjrl on Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:45 pm

Hi thanks for your response.
It is a Dell Vostro 200 with Intel Core 2 CPU.
I formatted the two ext3 partitions on installation.
The drive is set out as follows:
sda1 fat 16 65MG
sda2 ntfs 160GB
sda5 swap 1GB
sda6 ext3 10GB
sda7 ext 3 130GB
free space 14GB
sda3 fat 32 3GB
Is there any point in using the Dell utilities to go back to the PC's
original configuration and starting afresh with a Mint dual boot?
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Re: Mint problem on dual boot Dell desktop

Postby Fornhamfred on Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:46 am

From your list I cannot see any problems. After the splash screen and booting Mint can you display the verbose listing to see where the system seems to hang?

Also you do not say how much ram you have installed?
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Re: Mint problem on dual boot Dell desktop

Postby cjrl on Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:54 am

I have 4GB RAM. How do you display the verbose listing please?
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Re: Mint problem on dual boot Dell desktop

Postby newW2 on Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:52 am

Interestingly there is another post just above yours:
viewtopic.php?f=46&t=11629&p=71438#p71438
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Re: Mint problem on dual boot Dell desktop

Postby Fornhamfred on Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:42 am

I assume that your Dell shows a blank screen after you boot from the dual boot splash screen. If so you can display the verbose listing by pressing ctrl,alt and F2 together.
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