Success! I will put the full details up on the Wiki in the next week.
The basic things I did were:
- Copy /boot/grub/ from Gusty installation
- Install Mint without boot loader (Advanced button at the part of the installation)
- if you are using the Gnome version press F6 at the menu (otherwise no change needed for KDE or XFCE)
- delete: "quick splash --"
- replace it with: "noapic nolapic noacpi break=button"
- Keep using the Live CD
- Open a terminal
- Download Grub using aptitude
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sudo aptitude download grub
- This will download grub.deb to the Live CD's home directory (grub.deb is a longer name I don't remember all of it)
- Do the following
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sudo mkdir /mnt/Mint
sudo mount /dev/sda3 /mnt/Mint
sudo cp ~/grub.deb /mnt/Mint/home/USERNAME (where USERNAME is your username you made during installation)
sudo chroot /mnt/Mint
sudo aptitude install grub.deb
- Now a copy the /boot/grub file you saved from the Gusty install and replace the /boot/grub file in your mounted partition
- open /etc/fstab in your mounted partition and copy the UUID for /dev/sda3
- open /boot/grub/menu.lst (in sudo so you can edit it)
- near the end of the file you can change the titles from Ubuntu 7.10 to Mint 4.0 if you want
- but more importantly replace the UUID's that are there with the one you just copied from fstab
Now you can reboot finally!
Now after I got through Grub and I logged in for the first time I got the Mint Intro clicked through it pressed the Finnish button and ... nothing.
So "Control + Option + Delete" to restart X and automatically and I tried to log in again.
FINALLY it worked and I have Mint installed.
Now I must say I really like Mint as to me it is like Ubuntu++ and becoming more than that with every new version but this was quite a hassle so I hope this will be fixed in the next release. The best distribution I have found for working "out of the box" with my Macbook Pro was PCLinuxOS (not even MIPIS where the creator is a Macbook Pro user) but I just prefer .debs over .rpms. So for me right now Mint Linux is where it is at but for a Mac laptop I think it still needs a little more polish.