Linux Mint 14 isn't saving settings and data.

Questions about Grub, UEFI,the liveCD and the installer
Forum rules
Before you post please read this

Linux Mint 14 isn't saving settings and data.

Postby MRshadowlak on Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:57 pm

I'm new to Linux and wasn't sure if this was the place to post this topic, please point me in the right direction if I'm in the wrong place.

Down to business, I installed Linux alongside Windows 7 Ultimate. Everything works fine and is running smoothly. However, after I shutdown the computer and boot back in Linux simple seems to reset itself. None of the installed programs I had saved are present and must be re downloaded, and all settings have been reset to default.

Any help would be appreciated guys. :?:
MRshadowlak
Level 1
Level 1
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:05 am

Linux Mint is funded by ads and donations.
 

Re: Linux Mint 14 isn't saving settings and data.

Postby karlchen on Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:46 am

Hello, MRshadowlak.
Down to business, I installed Linux alongside Windows 7 Ultimate.
Hm. Did your really install Linux Mint on a dedicated disk partition? What you describe next suggests that you started an installation by running Mint4win from inside Windows.

If this is the case, then you will have stepped into the same trap as the starter of this thread, mint4win installation always reconfiguring Linux mint, and the starter of this thread, New Settings Not Persistent Between Boots, solution at the end.

Cheers,
Karl
Image
Enlightened by Lucid Lynx, enchanted by Maya, impressed by Petra.
User avatar
karlchen
Level 9
Level 9
 
Posts: 2512
Joined: Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:21 am

Re: Linux Mint 14 isn't saving settings and data.

Postby usbtux on Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:37 am

Its not realy installed - only installed the live cd. You need to run the installer on the desktop again to actually give you a installed version. - it doesn't make this clear at all, lots of people get caught out.
http://goo.gl/DXKgM useful tutorials for installing mint on USB drives.
http://www.usbtux.hostzi.com/
http://goo.gl/WFu0u Installing Mint - the screen cast videos.
linuxcounter #368850
Image
User avatar
usbtux
Level 5
Level 5
 
Posts: 866
Joined: Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:37 am

Re: Linux Mint 14 isn't saving settings and data.

Postby MRshadowlak on Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:12 am

Hm. Did your really install Linux Mint on a dedicated disk partition? What you describe next suggests that you started an installation by running Mint4win from inside Windows.

No I didn't install it from inside Windows 7. I know about the issues with Mint4win and that's why I avoided it. Upon booting to Linux from the disc I clicked install and went through the installation. I selected my language, than selected install alongside Windows. Also, another thing to note, is that whenever I edit the Grub loader file to change the time out to 30 seconds instead of 10, it still goes back to 10 seconds, even after I've run update grub in the terminal. :?
MRshadowlak
Level 1
Level 1
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:05 am

Re: Linux Mint 14 isn't saving settings and data.

Postby usbtux on Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:22 pm

MRshadowlak wrote:
another thing to note, is that whenever I edit the Grub loader file to change the time out to 30 seconds instead of 10, it still goes back to 10 seconds, even after I've run update grub in the terminal. :?


I have the same problem with my 64bit install. I cant get grub to differ even though the grub loader is altered and changes saved.
http://goo.gl/DXKgM useful tutorials for installing mint on USB drives.
http://www.usbtux.hostzi.com/
http://goo.gl/WFu0u Installing Mint - the screen cast videos.
linuxcounter #368850
Image
User avatar
usbtux
Level 5
Level 5
 
Posts: 866
Joined: Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:37 am

Re: Linux Mint 14 isn't saving settings and data.

Postby MRshadowlak on Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:30 pm

I think I may have located the problem, at the Grub loader, I have these options.

Linux Mint MATE 64-bit, 3.5.0-17-Generic (/dev/sda6/)
memtest x64
memtest x64 (serial xxxxx)
Linux Mint Nadia (14)
Advanced options for Linux Mint Nadia (14)
Windows 7 Ultimate (sda6)


I have on the odd occasion used the Linux Mint Nadia (14), Instead of Linux Mint MATE ...ect.
Could it be that somehow I have two installs of Linux Mint on my HDD? :shock:
MRshadowlak
Level 1
Level 1
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:05 am

Re: Linux Mint 14 isn't saving settings and data.

Postby karlchen on Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:55 am

Hello, MRshadowlak. Hello, usbtux.

You both state that you change the Grub configuration file, run
Code: Select all
sudo update-grub
next, just to find out that Grub has reverted to is previous values.
Just to make sure that we agree on which file to edit before running
Code: Select all
sudo update-grub
Could you please give the fully qualified filename of the Grub configuration file which you edit?

Kind regards,
Karl
Image
Enlightened by Lucid Lynx, enchanted by Maya, impressed by Petra.
User avatar
karlchen
Level 9
Level 9
 
Posts: 2512
Joined: Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:21 am

Re: Linux Mint 14 isn't saving settings and data.

Postby karlchen on Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:05 am

Hello, MRshadowlak.

No I didn't install it from inside Windows 7. [...] selected install alongside Windows.
Well, the symptoms which you described in your initial post, settings not preserved across reboots, program imstallations mysteriously undone across reboots, are thy typical symptoms which occur in all those cases where people perform the first phas of a Mint4win installation, but never realize that they have to launch "Install Linux Mint" manually next.

Currently I have got the impression that the problem really is just that modified Grub setting are reverted to their default values by running
Code: Select all
sudo update-grub
This raises the question whether you edit the right file before running
Code: Select all
sudo update-grub
(See my previous reply)

Kind regards,
Karl
Image
Enlightened by Lucid Lynx, enchanted by Maya, impressed by Petra.
User avatar
karlchen
Level 9
Level 9
 
Posts: 2512
Joined: Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:21 am

Re: Linux Mint 14 isn't saving settings and data.

Postby lucky_r on Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:23 am

Hi,Mr. Karl

I have same problem like these, please advise.

Any update about the solution for these I do the same installation but the settings and data not save. Im installed Linux Mint 14 Nadia along with Windows XP SP3.


Thanks.
lucky_r
Level 1
Level 1
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:19 am

Re: Linux Mint 14 isn't saving settings and data.

Postby Ru1K on Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:43 am

I have similar problem but only with my sound card settings, everything else work fine, is just the sound card. Everytime I start the computer I have to change on sound settings from "Built-in Audio" to "Soundblaster", for some reason don't save the settings when I turn off the computer.

I installed Mint 14 Cinnamon 64 Bit. Don't have any other OS installed on my computer, just Linux Mint.
Ru1K
Level 1
Level 1
 
Posts: 8
Joined: Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:31 pm

Re: Linux Mint 14 isn't saving settings and data.

Postby MRshadowlak on Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:56 am

Hello Karl,

I can definitely confirm for you that I have installed it to a partition, I did run the installer from inside Linux Mint. I have also fixed my issue with the grub loader, just edited the file and updated grub twice from the terminal though I do not know why that would have worked. Also, as long as I select the first installation at boot, Linux Mint generic, my settings are saved and everything is as it was after reboot. I do not know why there is a second Linux installation at grub loader as I only installed once. However, I am completely wiping my laptop today, Windows 7 and Linux, and starting over, so that everything is in a proper order.

Thank you to everyone for your help :)
MRshadowlak
Level 1
Level 1
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:05 am

Linux Mint is funded by ads and donations.
 

Return to Installation & Boot

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: srs5694 and 25 guests