I'm user of Linux Mint start with version 3 i think
Quiet long time
At first i was using it at home side by side with Windows.
I work at school where i installed it and i use it as main router/firewall/dhcpd computer at one classroom with computers.
Few days ago i saw Cinnamon desktop, and news that it needs some translations. I want to help, so i made some translations, and wanna prepare environment to test it when localization files will be released. I didn't use Mint at my home machine for very long time, so my idea was to install fresh new Mint 12! (i had version 8 installed).
My config is simple, Compal FL90 laptop, and external USB disk (ADATA SH93).
I was always use Mint on external HDD (windows on my main disk). It was always problem to get it to work, i had too always, every time configure grub manually after install to make it work (i even made article about it at some notebooks forum, so other people could try it, it was for Mint 3).
What a surprise was for me, that installer didn't even ask me where to install grub, i was completely sure that after so many years, no problems with that.
I couldn't be wrong more :S After reboot i Hit F12, choose ADATA to start from and... Nothing, silence, only GRUB text in the top left corner, i was sure, that as usual problem with GRUB config. Well, nothing new, time to tweak it. So i start computer again and forgot to hit F12 to choose boot from DVD (and edit grub config). System started from master disk with... GRUB. I must say, iw as very, very angry and disappointed that it has been installed without even notice about it.
It just shouldn't happen at all. If i would be typical new user, without computer knowledge what would i think?
But it is not end of the nightmare...
If i unplugged ADATA from USB, and reboot, GRUB even didn't start itself leaving only "grub rescue" where is no help, man or anything like that, so user will know what to do next, why there is problem, and how to fix it. I mean, c'mon, it is 2012, Mint grow up up to so high version, why after soooooo many years it still can't do such things, and it's even worse than with version 3 (that did ask me where to install grub, and didn't broke my mine disk mbr without any notice).
Well, at least i know how to fix the situation, but i'm sure many people will not. Please, fix this!
Second thing is, that after finally start Mint i installed two things: nvidia drivers (using tool inside system) and Cinnamon. The first thing didn't work, and even after restart it was still working slow with wrong resolution. Cinnamon install nice, i installed even some applet, extension and theme. After system reboot, Cinnamon stopped to work at all (even when it is choosen in the login menu). So now i got more things to fix, than before install.
I know it is wrong category, but will cinnamon work on other Linux distro to check localizations in future?
And help for other people like me:
Start Windows Vista/7 from DVD (installation disk), then choose Your keyboard settings and "Repair you computer".
After that, inside "System Recovery Options " window choose "Command Prompt".
command prompt will appear, type there those 2 commands: