[RESOLVED] Mint 7 Freezes

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[RESOLVED] Mint 7 Freezes

Postby cn_habs on Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:45 pm

Hey everyone,

I successfully installed Mint 7 main edition 32 bit using Mint4win a couple of days ago.

Upon startup, my laptop just froze after a couple of minutes while I was running the updates. I dual-boot with Win 7 and Linux Mint 7. What happened?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Mint 7 Freezes

Postby DruKe on Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:45 pm

So are you running Mint -in- Windows or dual booting?
Also did it freeze when you started your laptop -or- while running updates?

Please be a bit more specific.

Also, if it is while running updates only, let us know that.
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Re: Mint 7 Freezes

Postby cn_habs on Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:32 am

I installed Mint using Mint4win while I was in Windows b/c I wasn't sure how to create new partitions ...Didn't Wint4win generate a partition for Mint 7 on the same hard drive? I guess I should have installed it the conventional way and got my hands dirty. I wanted the 64 bit edition too but had to settle down with 32 bit b/c of mint2win.

Since I see two options upon start-up I assume that I am dual-booting.

Yes, Mint froze right AFTER updates were installed upon login. It's ok now. Somehow, it's still not as smooth and snappy as Windows 7. Why?

Thanks again in advance.
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Re: Mint 7 Freezes

Postby dawgdoc on Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:34 am

I've seen some other posts that indicate a similar problem when using Mint4Win due to not enough space being allocated for Mint. See if the space you allocated is full, if so then add more.
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Re: Mint 7 Freezes

Postby mick55 on Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:43 am

From Linuxmint.com
mint4win - A Windows installer for Linux Mint

If you run Microsoft Windows, insert the liveCD
and a program called mint4win will launch automatically.
This program is an installer for Linux Mint which runs on Windows.
It installs Linux Mint within a file on one your partitions and
it doesn't touch your existing partitions.
It also sets up a Windows multiboot for you.
Of course the performance won't be as good as if the
system was installed in its own partition but if you
just want to give Linux Mint a try this is a very good option.

You can remove mint4win from the Add/Remove applications tool
within Windows and this will remove Linux Mint and restore
your boot exactly as it was.


Pay particular attention to this line
Of course the performance won't be as good as if the
system was installed in its own partition

So as you can see you are running Linux Mint from a file
on Windows 7 and so it's performance is degraded.

The freezing may be a Windows 7 issue, who knows.

On it's own partition, in a conventional install, on the same machine, Mint 7 will
run faster than Windows 7.It's hardware requirements are substantially lower.

I hope this answers your questions.
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Re: Mint 7 Freezes

Postby cn_habs on Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:45 am

Thank you both for the prompt replies.

Mint is really not that better than 7 the state it is in...probably because of the way it was installed in the fist place.

I have 2 partitions on my notebook hard drive, one being the main partition while another one, 7 gig, contains the recovery media of Vista. Since I have my Win 7 DVD and key, can I simply delete the 7-gig Vista partition?

http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista ... _first.htm

If I follow this guide that illustrates Ubuntu not Mint, would I run into slightly different options and windows? In other words, can i follow this guide to the letter since I've never partitioned anything before.
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Re: Mint 7 Freezes

Postby mick55 on Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:58 am

If you're not using, or going to use Vista go ahead and delete that partition.
You might as well get some use out of it.

None of those guides describe your exact scenario - Win7 and Mint dual boot.
However the Vista and Ubuntu is probably close.

7GB is not enough for Mint though - no room to grow.

Resize your partitions with the Windows 7 built in tool.
Don't rush and things should be fine.

My route would be to first delete the 7GB partition.
Shrink your main partition by at least 20GB
Leave unpartitioned.
Boot the Mint Cd and select the option to install to the
unpartitioned space.
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Re: Mint 7 Freezes

Postby cn_habs on Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:06 am

mick55 wrote:
My route would be to first delete the 7GB partition.
Shrink your main partition by at least 20GB
Leave unpartitioned.
Boot the Mint Cd and select the option to install to the
unpartitioned space.


Done. I even allocated 40Gig to Mint 7 64bit.
The improvement in responsiveness is like day and night. Thank you all. :)

I think I'll stick with it for a while. Any other advice you don't mind giving?
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Re: Mint 7 Freezes

Postby DruKe on Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:49 am

Start backing up things in your Windows partition. It won't be long until you want to allocate the entire disk to Mint ;)

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Re: [RESOLVED] Mint 7 Freezes

Postby mick55 on Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:35 pm

I'm really glad things worked out for you.

My advice is to take things slowly and enjoy your new system.

Experiment with the CLI.
Install Wine to run Windows apps.
Install Conky to see different information about your machine.

Where ever possible install your new applications with Package
Manager, it makes resolving dependencies so much simpler.
It also makes removing programs easier.

Find the fun things you can only do in Linux and not Windows.
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