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Strange grub menu? Strike enter twice

Postby steve9199 on Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:20 pm

Total Noob here, so if I use the wrong terminology...be gentle?

I have a Dell Optiplex GX260 with a 1.8 GHz processor, 512 MB ram and 160 GB HDD. I repartitioned the drive with the Mint Live CD and am using the front half with Win XP Pro SP2 and Mint on the 2nd half of the drive.

Here's my issue. (well...issues). When the Dell spash screen goes away, I get a Mint spalsh screen with a strange looking box on the upper left. Here's what it looks like:

/----pstk---------------rstk----\
: : : : :
: : : : :
: : : : :
: 0: 5ff6e. a: : :
: 1: 5ff4a. a: : :
: 2: 2c208. 4: : :
: 3: 147. 9: 0: ffffffff. 5:
: 4: a. 1: 1: 1462. 5:
:----------------------------------:
: err 8 :
: ip 23a4: 1a7 :
\-----------------------------------?

It waits for me to strike a key before giving a coutdown, and when I strike it again, I get the GRUB menu allowing me to select XP or Mint. I thought it was a little weird so I'm posting the question here hoping for some assistance.

Also....is there a way to get Mint to load a little faster? My XP is up and serviceable (as much as any M$ product CAN be) in a matter of a few seconds, whereas Mint takes a couple of minutes to load.

Many thanks in advance for any help. I refuse to "Upgrade" to Vista (or as I call it...Windows ME-Mark II) and since M$ is stopping XP support in June, I'd like some options.

Steve
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Re: Strange grub menu? Strike enter twice

Postby Husse on Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:26 am

I have another person with this problem. I changed the subject line a bit and will try to answer you both at the same time. As you can use Mint it's not all that urgent. I guess it has something to do with Dell's recovery partition
The other topic
viewtopic.php?f=46&t=11203&p=69563
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Re: Strange grub menu? Strike enter twice

Postby steve9199 on Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:33 pm

Husse wrote:I have another person with this problem. I changed the subject line a bit and will try to answer you both at the same time. As you can use Mint it's not all that urgent. I guess it has something to do with Dell's recovery partition
The other topic
http://www.linuxmint.com/forum/viewtopi ... 03&p=69563



OK...I read your solution, but I'm in need of a 'walk through" on HOW to edit. I'm not very well versed in Linux but I can follow directions...LOL! If anyone can give me a quick tutorial, I would deeply appreciate it.

Thanks....Steve
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Re: Strange grub menu? Strike enter twice

Postby Husse on Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:55 pm

I'm way to tired for that now, but this bumps it for myself so I'll do it tomorrow
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Re: Strange grub menu? Strike enter twice

Postby Husse on Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:22 pm

Sorry - I could not find this topic again until now :roll:
Well I think it's enough to comment out message.mint
Look at the other topic that I linked to this. I just added a post which I think clarifies what to do
On a side note
No XP in the world, at least not in this universe, boots in a matter of a few seconds....
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