I am a very new convert to the wonders of Linux-Mint on home computers and I'm dumping all Windows installations, for myself, friends and family... in favor of LinuxMint
My best spec PC (built myself) is the only PC out of 6 to cause me any problems so far in terms of installing the Big Mint As a LinuxMint-PC newbie I'm hoping someone may recognize this problem and point me in the right direction, if you'd be so kind please
I'm not a newbie to the WinDoze farce though I build PCs and repair, software etc.
My PC is running Win XP Home, SP3, runs perfectly (as far as WinDoze can!) and basics specs are as follows:
3.4 GHz Pentium IV
3 x 160GB internal IDE drives (1 Master & 2 Slaves)
1 x DVD/CD combo (Master) etc
My problem when booting from the LinuxMint (Gloria) LiveCD (used perfectly on 5 PCs so far) is that when trying to install, I receive the message "No Operating System is Installed On This Computer" and my existing DOS partitions aren't recognized. I obviously get the message "Do you want to use the entire disk of 160GB to install LinuxMint" I just can't do that
I have a 46GB partition for WinXP SP3 and I have important data on other partitions - 2 partitions per individual HDD and also a Swap (Pagefile) partition - 2GB of RAM is never enough in WinDoze is it?!
All partitions are NTFS apart from the WinXP Swap partition which is FAT
Operating LinuxMint from the LiveCD poses no problems whatsoever LinuxMint runs perfectly and causes no problems with the WinXP installation or files/progs etc.
Also, LinuxMint (when running from the LiveCD) *IS* capable of recognizing/viewing ALL partitions/HDDs (even Win Swap) and files on the three IDE HDDs. The WinXP installation has always been fine - no partitions are hidden and everything works 100% OK, apart from the fact that it is WinDoze!
Am I better to try to clear a partition and install LinuxMint on there...? Newbie!
I am sorry if this issue has been addressed elsewhere - I've looked at the forum and couldn't find anything similar to my situation, even in the "Dual Boot" thread/s.
I need to keep my WinXP installation as it is and have the dual boot option to make the most of my PC, courtesy of LinuxMint
Many thanks for any advice that anyone might be able to offer