Hello all, I'm a fairly seasoned Windows XP user/hardware worker wither, so not a noob to technical issues/computing in general but to Linux, I am.
having decided to (nearly) give up on Windows entirely installed Mint on laptop (working fine, clean install formatting the NTFS) and desktop (on second drive hd1) from the Live CD (using the ISO of Daryna as downloaded from linuxmint.com) run into major GRUB trouble.
background info/relevant(?) specs
mobo: gigabyte 965p chipset
cpu: core2duo thing
hd0 400GB SATA
hd1 80GB Maxtor ATA
Chain of events:
Run live CD, "install"
try guided install wiping second harddrive clean (ATA) and leaving first (SATA) intact. install runs, all very nice, GRUB auto installs to HD0 MBR (I imagine from the background support I've spend the last hour sifting through)
Cannot load operating system.
reload live CD, reinstall, deciding "lets try changing HD0 to HD1" in the GRUB loader advanced menu.
GRUB now loads (???) from HD1 (though boot harddisc in BIOS is set to HD0 anyway) and has three options, mint, mint recovery, memtest.
None of the Mint options work giving me
"Error 17: Cannot mount partition"
ad infinatum, tried guided install, tried unguided install, checked the discs my Windows is ok.
Tried editing the .lst file in /boot/grub from liveCD but it won't let me edit to find Windows (as suggested to someone previously with similar problem)
Tried editing an individual boot option in GRUB itself to find Windows, but it couldn't.
Tried checking to see if there's an issue with the boot command in GRUB and it says:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=/dev/sda1 ro quiet splash
all seems to be in order but keep getting Error 17.
One possibility is trying to use a SATA with an ATA drive? I've heard there can be issues there.
Please, somebody, help!
I've tried to be as exhaustive as possible in my explanation, I hope it doesn't make a boring read!