Hi, I have only been using Linux since I happened upon the Linux Mint site the day after the release of Mint 5 rc 025 ? (cd in my tray so cant read what I wrote on it)
every minute of it even if it has been an up-hill climb.
So I really am a noobie in need of some help.
Everything had been going well until Sunday morning (I leave my pc on all the time) when going to check my email I only had a blank screen.
So I rebooted, got past the dualboot (grub ?) screen and then the
"error 15: file not found" message appeared.
Then a few reboots later it was the turn of the
"error 17: cannot mount the selected partition" message.
Googled the messages from inside xp.
Downloaded the supergrub cd.
Using SuperGrub Linux Mint 5 Partition info was
/def/sda4 ext3 /
Note 0 = xp, 1 = Linux swap, 2 = Files, 3 = Linux native
But nothing worked.
So, I wondered if I went through the install from the Mint cd could I reinstall without formatting the partition. Good idea, but although the partitions are still there ( sight of relief ) It only lets me go further if I format. Pity.
Using the Mint 5 cd I typed the following into Terminal
mount /dev/hda4 mnt/hda4
reply = mount: mount point /mnt/hda4 does not exist
Also tried find /boot/grub/stage1
reply = find: /boot/grub: No such file or directory
Is there anyway to either edit the MBR or reinstall Mint keeping my programs and files intact.
BOINC / seti@home took me ages to setup, and there are files that I really could do with keeping or copying from the partition.
If any further information is required please let me know.
Thanks in advance for any help, but please, keep it simple.
Also If I am being a right idiot noob, try not to laugh too loudly.