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Bootloader installation failed...

Postby tkbx on Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:24 pm

While installing Mint, I got a message that "the bootloader installation had failed." I chose the "continue without bootloader" option, and I now need a third party boot loader. What might I want to use, and how could I install it? If possible, I'd like one that does directly to loading, no operating system selection or anything.
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Re: Bootloader installation failed...

Postby caf4926 on Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:25 am

Boot your install with the media that you use

Open a terminal
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sudo update-grub

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sudo grub-install /dev/sda


does that help
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Re: Bootloader installation failed...

Postby tkbx on Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:15 am

caf4926 wrote:Boot your install with the media that you use

Open a terminal
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sudo update-grub

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sudo grub-install /dev/sda


does that help


I'm assuming that installs grub to sda... I'd like to have it on sdb (where mint is installed), but will that completely leave sda, sdc, etc alone?
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Re: Bootloader installation failed...

Postby caf4926 on Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:26 am

Yes
But sdb would need to be the 1st boot device
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Re: Bootloader installation failed...

Postby tkbx on Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:04 am

caf4926 wrote:Yes
But sdb would need to be the 1st boot device


That would be fine, I can just go to the BIOS menu and choose it like I've been doing.
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Re: Bootloader installation failed...

Postby davec51 on Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:04 pm

As a side note, I installed Mint 14 yesterday, the bootloader failed, and I was delighted. I already have several Linux distributions on two hard drives. I was worried that the new bootloader woudln't catch them all. So I was able to add Mint 14 to the GRUB 1 bootloader on the primary drive (GRUB 1 is so much easier to work with than GRUB 2). Now Mint is running beautifully.
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