Hello, Minty people
I'd like to broaden my IT knowledge base a little and I'd like to get Linux Mint with MATE running on my new desktop. The system is something like this:
C: SSD drive, about 256Gb in size, currently houses Windows 7.
D: A blank 500Gb HD, I'm hoping to turn this into a dedicated Linux disk. That way, when I inevitably do something dumb, my Windows 7 OS won't be affected
E: 1TB HD, home to an uncomfortably large number of Steam games.
Here's where the problem lies:
- I burned the 64 bit version of Linux Mint onto a DVD, ran the Mint4Win.exe file, which asked for a destination drive, size of install and a user name.
- I installed it and rebooted when prompted and it loaded into the Linux Mint log-in screen
- After entering my username and p/w, the screen goes black for a handful of seconds before returning me to the log in again.
After numerous uninstalls and reinstalls, each with the same problem, my D: drive has vanished as a boot loader option, despite having what I assume is an installed version of Linux on it.
When I found my way onto the BIOS screen, it turned into a bewildering mess of options about UEFI, Legacy stuff. I've heard that UEFI can mess with boot loaders and things like that but I don't know what I'm doing with regards to changing settings. How do I reconfigure my BIOS settings so that it gives me the option of choosing where to boot from and how should I partition the D: drive so that it works properly with Linux?
Just to reiterate - please, please, please keep it simple - I'm okayish with computers but Linux is unknown waters to me.