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Dual boot

Postby starfleet70 on Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:33 am

Hi everyone.. yes I'm new to Linux for the most part, I have been playing around for a few years so I do know some stuff. I have a Dell E310 with 2gb of ram ( obviously nothing fancy ) with WinXP. I installed Mint 7 yesterday, when it got to the partitioning part it gave me 3 options- take over entire disc..share side by side with XP .. or manual, I chose share with XP and finished with the installation. I then rebooted, it showed the boot options (Mint or XP ) I chose XP to make sure i didn't lose anything- all ok, so I rebooted again and chose Mint. It started up but stopped, showing a blank screen with only the cursor. Is there a reason the Mint desktop won't appear? and is there an easy fix to this? :?

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Re: Dual boot

Postby richyrich on Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:53 am

Hi starfleet70,
Your installation steps look okay.
This just about sounds like the dreaded Intel bug, that is plaguing the latest *buntu, Mandriva, etc. distros! :x
But . . :D . . there may already be a fix! Just need some more info.

Can you try to log into 'compatibility mode' ? ( at the GRUB boot screen ) If not, can you run the Live cd okay?

If so, once you are in Mint, open a terminal, and type:
Code: Select all
lspci
and paste back here. This will give us a look at your hardware, and is the starting point for troubleshooting your problem.

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Re: Dual boot

Postby starfleet70 on Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:34 pm

The options it shows are 3 linux choices 1: generic 2: system recovery 3: memory test86+ The 4th option says other os and the last choice is XP I'm unable to bring up a cmd prompt. I will try it with the live cd
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Re: Dual boot

Postby DJKnutsen on Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:44 pm

Starfleet70.. I think I encountered the same sort of problem with my HP laptop and dual boot... but it only showed up when I was on battery... see .. http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=27977 .. if you press the enter key a BUNCH of times.. you may eventually see things progress.. and it will finish booting. if that is it, check out the above URL as it solved my boot issues.. good luck, Cheers.. Dave
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Re: Dual boot

Postby starfleet70 on Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:51 pm

Thanks Dave, I'm using the live cd right now talking to you. I tried the cmd prompt and typed in 'select all' and this appeared > I typed in '1spci ' no quotations and got an error message about the syntax or something
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Re: Dual boot

Postby richyrich on Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:53 pm

Hi,
it is ( L S P C I ) all in small caps.

ps: you don't have to type select all . . just lspci
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Re: Dual boot

Postby starfleet70 on Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:10 pm

I'm back on xp or should I put in the live cd?
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Re: Dual boot

Postby starfleet70 on Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:29 pm

I typed in lspci and got this :mint@mint ~ $ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82915G/P/GV/GL/PL/910GL Memory Controller Hub (rev 04)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82915G/GV/910GL Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 04)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 04)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 04)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 04)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 04)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 04)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 04)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev d4)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FR (ICH6/ICH6R) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 04)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) IDE Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801FR/FRW (ICH6R/ICH6RW) SATA Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 04)
03:01.0 Multimedia audio controller: Ensoniq 5880B [AudioPCI] (rev 04)
03:02.0 Communication controller: Conexant Systems, Inc. HSF 56k Data/Fax Modem
03:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82562ET/EZ/GT/GZ - PRO/100 VE (LOM) Ethernet Controller (rev 04)
mint@mint ~ $
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Re: Dual boot

Postby richyrich on Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:47 pm

Well, good news is that your vga 'should' work, as in no Intel bugs. :)

Okay, when you start up without the disk, and get to the GRUB menu, choose recovery mode, when the recovery screen comes up, scroll down to xfix, then hit enter. It may go back to the recovery menu, then choose resume. Let me know what happens.

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Re: Dual boot

Postby starfleet70 on Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:02 pm

Hi Richard, I did what you said and still nothing
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Re: Dual boot

Postby richyrich on Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:20 pm

hmmm . . . try a different direction. Sorry for the rigamaroll, just tryin' to help troubleshoot ! :)

Go back into a Mint terminal and type : df -k
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Re: Dual boot

Postby starfleet70 on Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:32 pm

df -k
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
tmpfs 1026036 2392 1023644 1% /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/volatile
tmpfs 1026036 2392 1023644 1% /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/volatile
tmpfs 1026036 0 1026036 0% /lib/init/rw
varrun 1026036 328 1025708 1% /var/run
varlock 1026036 0 1026036 0% /var/lock
udev 1026036 152 1025884 1% /dev
tmpfs 1026036 76 1025960 1% /dev/shm
rootfs 1026036 19856 1006180 2% /
/dev/sr0 713888 713888 0 100% /cdrom
/dev/loop0 699392 699392 0 100% /rofs
tmpfs 1026036 16 1026020 1% /tmp
mint@mint ~ $
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Re: Dual boot

Postby richyrich on Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:41 pm

sh**, sorry, my bad, can't do it from the live cd ! :roll:

Go to the recovery console again, scroll down to 'root', enter your user password, then at the prompt type : df -k

sorry, Richard :oops:
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Re: Dual boot

Postby DJKnutsen on Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:55 pm

Starfleet70.. Try the grub dual boot, and just let it run, then when it seems to die, start pressing the enter key... several dozen times.. and eventually you should get it to step through to the desk top... if that works, go back to the link I provided in my first post, and I think it will make it all right... again.. good luck... (even though there isn't any luck involved..) Dave
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Re: Dual boot

Postby starfleet70 on Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:10 pm

Richard I did what you said but have no way to copy/paste all that info and i type slow. What am i supposed to see? Also to Dave i tried pressing enter numerous times to no avail.
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Re: Dual boot

Postby richyrich on Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:11 pm

DJ, do you think his desktop computer will have the same problem?

Starfleet,
I'm looking for the line with /home in it.
Can you write that one down, and post it here?
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Re: Dual boot

Postby starfleet70 on Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:25 pm

It's going on 11:30 and i need to get up early. I'll check back tomorrow after work and hopefully we can get this solved.

Thank you and goodnite
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Re: Dual boot

Postby starfleet70 on Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:26 pm

give me a minute
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Re: Dual boot

Postby starfleet70 on Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:41 pm

Sorry.. nothing with the word ' home' in it. I'll check back tomorrow to keep trying.

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Re: Dual boot

Postby starfleet70 on Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:21 pm

hey guys..I'm online...any ideas yet???
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