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Installing on seperate HDs

Postby Jinnai on Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:02 pm

I wanted to setup dual boot for Mint and XP. Unfortunatly my attempt utterlly failed and Mint didn't seem to want to load. Windows booted normally without any prompt.

Windows is on a primary SATA drive.
I want/attempted to install Mint on a slave IDE drive.

I have 1 SATA and 2 IDE drives.
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Re: Installing on seperate HDs

Postby AK Dave on Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:24 pm

You have XP on a SATA drive that your BIOS identifies as the master drive on the primary controller. XP boots normally. You installed Mint, but it won't "load"?

What do you mean by that?
1. You burned Mint to a CD, attempted to boot said CD, and it won't boot?
2. As above, but the CD boots. However, you fail to get to a Mint desktop or install screen? Perhaps a busybox error?
3. As above, but you get to the Mint LiveCD desktop; however, your attempt to install fails at some point? Perhaps it fails at partitioning?
4. As above, but you successfully installed Mint; however, it won't boot? Perhaps a busybox error? Perhaps a solid black screen?
5. You installed Mint normally, everything above actually worked, but once you Dual Boot to XP you cannot get back to Mint?
6. Something else entirely?
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Re: Installing on seperate HDs

Postby Jinnai on Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:20 pm

Burned to DVD (KDE version) and i can boot off it. Am using it ATM.

6. Something else.

I successfully installed Mint on the afore mentioned HD. However when I boot, instead of giving me options which OS to boot, Windows just boots normally.

EDIT: I've since had to use fdisk to remove it as i need the space...for some reason QtParted wouldn't let me delete all of the partitions when i booted off the DVD. I can reinstall it again though. It was only a temporary need for the space.
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Re: Installing on seperate HDs

Postby Alpha-Geek on Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:24 am

What I suspect happened.... You installed Linux Mint to it's own hard drive & GRUB was also installed there as well. A lot of newer motherboards allow you to select the drive you want to boot from by hitting f8 or f12 during the initial POST. At that point you would select either your Windows drive or your Linux drive. The advantage to a setup like that is you don't have to worry about messing up your Windows MBR.
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Re: Installing on seperate HDs

Postby AK Dave on Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:29 pm

Jinnai wrote:I successfully installed Mint on the afore mentioned HD. However when I boot, instead of giving me options which OS to boot, Windows just boots normally.


Only way I can imagine you pulled this stunt off is that you F'd with your BIOS in between reboots. You boot to Windows with one BIOS config. You renumber your drives to something else, install Mint, and then revert your drive numbering back to original.

If you don't have GRUB on the MBR of the primary drive, you won't boot anything but Windows. Theres your problem. Its #5.

The solution is rather simple. You need to do all of your booting without F'ing with your BIOS or drive numbering. Then and only then will Mint install properly AND write GRUB to the MBR of the correct drive. Mint put GRUB on the MBR of the wrong drive.
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Re: Installing on seperate HDs

Postby Jinnai on Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:55 pm

What i did was:

boot up with the liveDVD for KDE
Chose to install
Went through till steps 1-3
Step 4 i chose manual
Chose to put in on a seperate HD with a config of 1GB swap - 10GB / - rest as /home.
Input my basic info on step 5
Confirmed and installed on step 6
Shut down
took out the DVD
rebooted
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Re: Installing on seperate HDs

Postby AK Dave on Sat Sep 27, 2008 3:24 am

I don't understand why you didn't end up with grub on the first drive.
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Re: Installing on seperate HDs

Postby Akanbe on Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:32 pm

I have a similar problem as well

I have XP on an IDE disk and an extra harddrive on a SATA-link for multimedia. XP will not recognize my KDE install on my primary (IDE) drive. I can go into the live CD and see all the files are there, but under the XP system manager there is no choice to boot into Linux Mint (just XP).

Currently looking at the troubleshooting your live cd wiki as well as the "If your installed Mint cannot boot" wiki to see if I can find a fix.

for more clarification:

sda is my multimedia drive. it's the one connected to a sata link and therefore not my primary disk. Why this disk is SDA, i'm not sure.

sdb is where my xp and linux partitions are.

tried to use boot/grub/device.map but it wouldn't let me save the changes. don't know if this is the right way or not.
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