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Mint 6 x64 won't start up with other HDD's connected (SOLVED

Postby nullphase on Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:09 am

Hi there :D
This is my first post and English is not my native language...
I installed Mint 6 x64 yesterday on my rig (Q6600, 8GB Ram etc.) and it worked like a charm. I disconnected my other HDD's (I have 5, one for Vista, one for Mint and the rest for data) during the installation to avoid possible data crashes. When Mint was ready for running (ATI driver etc.) I tried to boot up with the other HDD's connected (using f12 during boot to choose the right HDD).
This is the result:
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I have never had these problems using Debian Lenny 5 or Ubuntu 8.10.
Any ideas?
Thanks for help!
Last edited by nullphase on Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:38 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Mint 6 x64 won't start up with other HDD's connected

Postby Husse on Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:59 am

It's due to a problem with gfxgrub - solution here
http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php ... annot_boot
Debian and Ubuntu do not use gfxgrub
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Re: Mint 6 x64 won't start up with other HDD's connected

Postby nullphase on Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:33 am

Thanks for the quick reply. Hopefully I can manage the given information :roll:
Seems to be a little bit complicated.

edit: I have read the guide several times but I am not sure how to solve the problem. Can someone please tell me in simple words how to start? Thanks.
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Re: Mint 6 x64 won't start up with other HDD's connected

Postby nullphase on Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:35 pm

Can someone push me to the right direction please?
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Re: Mint 6 x64 won't start up with other HDD's connected

Postby Husse on Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:12 am

Ok I'll try
In /boot/grub/menu.lst you have a line like this
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=/dev/sda2 ro quiet splash
for each distribution installed and of course you may have something else than sda2 and the kernel version is different
In a terminal run " blkid " (I've found you don't need sudo)
Find the value that corresponds to /dev/sda2 (or whatever you have) and use the UUID you just found instead - without the quotes so that you get something like
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=UUID=db4dcb0c-02bd-4d2e-a4fa-deb420b3bfa0 ro quiet splash
Of course the UUID you find is different
To edit
Code: Select all
gksu gedit  /boot/grub/menu.lst

First make a copy - you could actually do a Ctrl+A and Ctrl+C and paste the content in an empty file
The other important file - fstab - already uses UUID so it's not a problem, and you have to do this for all instances in menu.lst
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Re: Mint 6 x64 won't start up with other HDD's connected

Postby nullphase on Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:37 am

Husse, big thanks to you :D I made it!
Will that problem occur again when upgrading to another kernel version?
Thanks again for your patience and your help.
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Re: Mint 6 x64 won't start up with other HDD's connected (SOLVED

Postby Husse on Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:56 pm

Will that problem occur again when upgrading to another kernel version?

Good thinking - yes the line for the new kernel needs editing, but the old kernel is still there so you can boot and edit
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