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Postby xdog on Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:08 pm

I had mint installed on my PC and then i installed XP as well now when i start the PC up it just gos straight to XP how do i get mint to appear as well :shock:
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Re: XP

Postby Nicki on Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:32 pm

Hello xdog.
You have got a smaller problem. We need some more info how you had made your install.
Because you installed XP after Mint, it could happened that XP wrote over the entire harddisk and wiped away Mint.
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Re: XP

Postby xdog on Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:05 pm

no they are on different partitions
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Re: XP

Postby pluraldave on Tue Sep 08, 2009 7:01 pm

You need to restore grub. Boot up the LInuxMint LIveCD. You also need to know:
1. Which harddrive Mint is on
2. Which partition of the harddrive Mint is on.

If you are unsure find partition editor in the menu and have a look at your partition table. (If you want you can even post a screenshot here for help). Do not make any changes in the partition editor. You are just looking for the designation of the ext partition with Mint on it.

Open up a terminal and enter the following commands:

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sudo grub


Wait for the probe to finish. When it is done a new line will appear that starts as:

grub>

Insert these commands after the grub>

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root (hdX,Y)

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setup (hdX)


Where X is the number of your HDD and Y is the partition number. Remember that the numbering starts at 0 instead of 1. For instance if Mint is on the partition sda3 then Y=2. If you only have one hard drive then X=0.

Exit and it should boot to Mint.

You will have to add a line to /boot/grub/menu.lst for Windows XP to be able to boot into Windows. Search the forum to find the parameters you need to add.
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Re: XP

Postby xdog on Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:58 am

how do i take a screen shot partition edit is say 57gb unallocated space the hard drive is 80gb, 23gb XP assume (thanks for the help) does this mean i will have to reinstall
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Re: XP

Postby pluraldave on Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:13 am

You should have a button on your keyboard called "print screen". Press the button and a save box should appear (if you're on gnome/main edition at least). If that doesn't work you can press alt+F2 and type gnome-screenshot into the box. I don't know how the other editions handle screenshots, xfce might have the same command but others will differ.

If you have to reinstall at least it will take care of the grub entries for you.
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Re: XP

Postby xdog on Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:27 am

What is making me wonder is i have only 10 updates to install so wouldn't ya think its still there
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Re: XP

Postby pluraldave on Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:46 am

I assume that's the only hard drive? I don't know what's going on here. According to that you have an empty hard drive so something must be corrupted. How to fix it I don't know so you will have to wait for someone else to come along. :o
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Re: XP

Postby xdog on Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:58 am

OK, ya thats the only one
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Re: XP

Postby Nicki on Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:25 am

You wrote that you have installed and could only run XP. But how does it come that the harddrive is empty? The printscreen you show up here must be taken when you are running the Live-CD. OK? But where is XP and Mint? There must be another drive. Can you fould down the menu just up in the right corner to see if there isn't another drive there?
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Re: XP

Postby xdog on Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:05 am

there isn't i made the computer myself
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Re: XP

Postby Nicki on Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:18 am

There is a big mystery here. I can't explain what is going on. It seems that you have missed to give us all correct information.
Until then, at least I am incapable to solve your problems, sorry.
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Re: XP

Postby rhY on Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:46 pm

Generally, I do a clean XP install (or edit*, these days!), and then do a Mint Wubi install. This is guaranteed success 99% of the time. But this is just a plan for the future, not to solve your current dilemma.
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Re: XP

Postby xdog on Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:33 am

now when i turn it on i only get mint and no choice for XP
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Re: XP

Postby Nicki on Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:32 am

Well. Dear xdog.

You must tell us how you have installed Mint, if you are only running the Live-CD or if you have made a real install. This because you/we couldn't see the installed partition.

Do you have only one hard drive?
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Re: XP

Postby xdog on Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:48 am

Yes 1 hard drive clean install of both XP and mint
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Re: XP

Postby Nicki on Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:03 am

Ok, now we can see the partitions. And that's better.

But you have Mint in the beginning of the drive and the boot sector in Windows partition. That's bad.
You must have Windows first with the boot sector and after that you can have Mint.

Restart the system with your Live-CD and delete all the Mint partitions, move the Windows partition to the begining. Then make a new Mint install. Just follow the standard choice and install Mint in free space. When you're done, restart and see what's happened. Tell us the result.
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Re: XP

Postby Nicki on Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:05 am

Edit: When deleting the swap partition, you must first unswap it.
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