Can't boot if I don't, only Windows 7 is available, so I need a way to get to sda5 and grub there.
Don't know much about this, but I guess the problem is that you this way is tampering with the Windows partition. A change here (anti virus or Windows) might result in no access to Mint. Just following the tutorial.
Since you cannot load Mint 12, so things are a bit difficult for me.
For me this has never happened, infact, sometimes you cannot login to windows as windows requires to be installed in first partition, not the case with Linux. you can install it inside extended partitions.
You can restore GRUB after installing / reinstalling windows from LIVE CD / DVD.
No the article is about one HDD
the latest release of Linux Mint, and Windows 7 on a computer with one hard disk, this tutorial offers detailed instructions on how to accomplish the relatively simple task.
My guess? You are tampering with the windows partition. The part which is disencouraged by this article: http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2011/09/21/ti ... and-linux/
tip number four:
OK. I re-read it, but still, the instructions. I am not a pro so I cannot give you technical explanation, but still, I do not much agree with him. I have not faced such problem. In past some had problem starting Linux, mostly due to graphic card driver issue like NVidia. Other than this guy, I do not remember anyone preferring windows BOOT loader.
I have dual booted Ubuntu 9.1, 10.04 LTS, Mint 9 on HDD and Mint 12 dual boot with XP inside virtualbox. I did not have this problem, nor did I have to reinstall GRUB.
If this would have been a problem, then this would have been well documented by Ubuntu and other Linux Distros and many bloggers would have mentioned about this. In short, we would have been well aware about this.
Can you explain how did you install. The guide goes for manual install, you did the same or went for dual boot option.
Can I do this after I have a working installation?
But in recent versions, if LINUX kernel detects more than 4 GB RAM, then it automatically installs PAE kernel. If not, you can install via synaptic.
I installed 8 GB.
the guide says
the second partition will be for Swap. About 2 GB or more is recommended. Select “swap area” from the “Use as” dropdown menu, then click OK.
a google search found others recommending twice the amount of ram
I have enough hard disk place so I just took 8 GB.
Regarding SWAP, SWAP is used only when system needs extra memory i.e. RAM is not sufficient. Linux Kernel shifts some memory to SWAP partition, so that system does not bloat. Generally, 2x RAM is recommended, but a SWAP should not be more than 4 GB Refer point #3
So In your case, SWAP will hardly be used. 1 GB is enough. some of them even do not have SWAP, but Fred (in his post) says that Linux Kernel requires SWAP. Fred is an advanced user and I trust him.NOTE:
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