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problem with 4 partitions win7/mint14.1 cin32 install

Postby kd7ura on Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:37 pm

im trying to install mint cinnamon 14.1 32bit along side windows 7 on my HP G61 laptop.
i have a C: sda2 ,a RECOVERY sda3, and an open partition of 100gig as" / ext2" sda4. i removed the Win "SYSTEM" partition of 104mb and shrank the C: to make room for the ext2 and for a 4th partition as a Swap.
im running a live install on usb. when i get into the install stage the partition manager shows a " SYSTEM" partition sda1 with mint running on it.
and the partition manager wont let me add another partition for the swap file. Max of 4 partitions.
any way around this?

i need the windows system for other work and cant remove the Recovery or the C: partitions.
the installer only gives 2 options, Install over windows or Other, not along side windows
an automated installer that keeps newbees from banging on the partitions will help with getting your OS out and about a bit easier.
maybe run in ram for install ? like Puppy
Help!!!
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Re: problem with 4 partitions win7/mint install

Postby eMcE on Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:48 pm

There is a limit: MAX 4 primary partitions on ONE hdd.
Try create extended partition and next some logical and install linux on them.
Should work :)
Ps.: use Gparted from linux Live CD/DVD.
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Re: problem with 4 partitions win7/mint14.1 cin32 install

Postby kd7ura on Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:09 pm

i used Gparted to create partitions and am a newbeee to it
a bit more detail in how to and i may get it right the first time :D
i was about to start puppy 5.5 on cd when you wrote back, that was fast :D Thanks!
i removed puppy from my usb and put the mint on it.
Why the limitation on partitions per hdd ?
makes no sence to me linux should just see the hdd as a file system right?
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Re: problem with 4 partitions win7/mint14.1 cin32 install

Postby kd7ura on Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:11 pm

Change sda 4 to Extended partition first?
then logical on sda 4?
what about the swap?
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Re: problem with 4 partitions win7/mint14.1 cin32 install

Postby eMcE on Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:28 pm

Ok, make something like this:
<--------------------------this is entire HDD------------------------------->
<----C:\---><--RECOVERY--><----------------EXTENDED----------------->
................................<---SWAP----><-----/----><---/HOME----->

C:\ - Primary
Recovery - Primary
Next is biiiiig extended partition and inside her are logical:
- swap,
- Your "root partition marked as "/" (here goes linux installation)
- Your /Home partition (for Your programs, configs etc.)

For / and /Home use ext4 filesystem.
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Re: problem with 4 partitions win7/mint14.1 cin32 install

Postby kd7ura on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:45 pm

In puppy 5.5 , can move files from recovery partition sda3" to "c" checked for reboot, all good with windows.

Del partition sda4 and sda3 , make extended, create as extended, what to name "label" and what next for
Have sda1, sda2 ,sda3 extended 115.50 GIB --- --- > unallocated 115.50 GIB
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Re: problem with 4 partitions win7/mint14.1 cin32 install

Postby kd7ura on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:53 pm

OK. I think I get? Extended partition
<------swap, 2056mb---><-----/ how big need?----><------/home, remainder of extended----->
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Re: problem with 4 partitions win7/mint14.1 cin32 install

Postby eMcE on Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:14 pm

Label your partitions as You wish :) For Linux there is no difference.
Size? Hmm.. also freely as you need.

I have two hdd's.
sda - for Win Seven:
http://i.imgur.com/epMqRgR.png
sdb - for Linux:
http://i.imgur.com/TtnqK1L.png
Grub is on sda in mbr.
All partitions are primary.
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Re: problem with 4 partitions win7/mint14.1 cin32 install

Postby kd7ura on Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:31 pm

Thanks your a biiiig help, got mint installed,
have boot problem though??
shut down computer and pull flash drive, then reboot, windows starts works fine.
then reboot again have no option to load into mint.
so reboot with flash drive.
have access to "SYSTEM sda1" where bootmgr is
how do i set up for duel boot?
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Re: problem with 4 partitions win7/mint14.1 cin32 install

Postby eMcE on Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:13 pm

Where did You installed Grub? On sda1? eeeehhh.. wrong ;P
Install them directly on sda (not on sda1 or sda2..)
Now use this to fix Your Grub bootmanager:
http://www.webupd8.org/2011/06/boot-rep ... ssues.html
:)
Boot in Live CD, install Boot-Repair, and fix your Grub.
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Re: problem with 4 partitions win7/mint14.1 cin32 install

Postby kd7ura on Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:14 pm

i downloaded boot-repair
extracted to /root its running on a live cd
how do i nstall it
windows is easy click the install button and wait a few then run.
Im lost in linux remember im a newbeee!! :D
what program will install the files to make it work?
mint boots but it seems to be running from sda 1 no room for full desktop its installed on sda5

Im lost
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Re: problem with 4 partitions win7/mint14.1 cin32 install

Postby eMcE on Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:29 am

eeehhh..
Give me screenshot from your Gparted.
---
Boot repair Installation:
1. Open terminal and copy/paste this command:
Code: Select all
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair

hit ENTER
system ask for your admin password, type it, hit ENTER
2. Refresh repositories:
Code: Select all
sudo apt-get update

hit ENTER
3. Install program:
Code: Select all
sudo apt-get install boot-repair

hit ENTER
After a while "BR" is installed and ready.
4. Type exit and hit ENTER to close terminal.
Now go to MintMenu:
And find.. System -> Administration -> Boot Repair
Done :)

More infos here:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair
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Re: problem with 4 partitions win7/mint14.1 cin32 install

Postby kd7ura on Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:58 pm

instaled boot-repair
i have mint running, boots properly,
cant access windows partition from mint, buy can from puppy5.5 on cd.
windows wont boot, it asks for the install cd , never was one its on the hard drive.
used puppy to copy all files from win7 to mint so i can uses them.
but how do i get window running!
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Re: problem with 4 partitions win7/mint14.1 cin32 install

Postby eMcE on Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:20 am

Open Gparted, make screenshot of Your partitions and paste them here.
Open Boot Repair, make raport and give us link from them.
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