I have just installed Mint12 on my Acer TravelMate. It came with Windows 7so I want to create a dual boot machine. I installed Mint from live DVD, however the installation menu did not give me an option to install alongside Windows (as is my usual experience when installing a Ubuntu Linux distro).
I therefore deleted a ntfs partition and created a linux partition and installed to that.
One problem is apparent on reboot, the computer goes straight to Windows, so presumably I have not installed a grub menu. How can I boot up Linux? Does the link in previous post apply to my situation?
Secondly I was warned that I had not created a swap area, but I went ahead with the installation anyway! Do I need to create a swap area and if so, how?
Thanks for help and advice...
Linux needs SWAP partition to function properly. But I have read some posts where people have not used SWAP and things are working fine. If you have RAM more than 8 GB, then it might work.
Links provided at the end of this thread are new ones and are useful, like I have posted and the one posted earlier than me on same page.
In case of Windows 7, if you want to play safe, you can install EasyBCD in windows 7. it's a boot loader, which identifies Linux. So even if you remove Linux, you can boot into windows. Alternatively, GRUB should identify Linux. You can make use of LIVE CD and try for links provided by my in earlier post to recover GRUB. Else Ubuntu GRUB 2 help page has given tutorial on how to reinstall GRUB using chroot / chmod method. It worked for me.
If you are planning to use easyBCD, please refer this link:http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2011/06/11/du ... windows-7/
since I have never tried it (I have XP) so I wont be able to help. Maybe someone else can help you.
In case you install GRUB in MBR and want to remove Linux Mint, you can repair bootloader, by using the repair option of windows 7 recovery DVD