About a week ago after many attempts I managed to create a dual-boot HDD with Win XP Pro in partition 1 and Mint Bianca Light in the others - 40 GB for each.
Last weekend I lost Windows - it boots from Grub, accepts password, proceeds to load my preferences, plays its little tune then immediately logs me out - this happens repeatedly. So I am having to find out rapidly how to manage in Bianca.
I have access to all the files in Windows, and have 2 other accessible 200 GB HDDs with Backups and drive images on them - in fact Grub "sees" 4 versions of Windows, though it's always the same one which boots - and then fails. My Word and Excel files open and edit in Open Office but 1 Access file will have to be re-created.
My problems at present are:
(1) My printer is Epson Photo Stylus 915 and is not shown in the Epson list for Linux; I stated the problem yesterday in the Hardware/Printers sub-forum but can't see my post there today. Perhaps I had by then moved into a diferent forum.
(2) I can't install Adobe Reader - downloaded both versions for tar and rpm but rpm won't open, tar gives a list of files where Install simply comes up as a script in Gedit. How can I run that?
(3) I need to import e-mails and addresses from OE6 - at present I'm using Evolution which came with the Live CD but will probably migrate into Thunderbird which I have installed. I can access the OE6 wab file which I have copied, and also the folder containing the mbx files which are actually folders containing eml files in OE. I fear that I may have to create another Windows system - takes a long time. Might manage with an old W98SE HDD installed as primary master - but then how would I boot into Linux? That would then be either in a USB external case or possibly installed as primary slave.
(4) How can I transfer Grub to a floppy? Can I safely just transfer or copy it? - BIOS will use the floppy first.
(5) It would be nice if I could open txt files with Gedit by default instead of being offered Run or Display. I use them frequently.
I always intended to migrate from Windows to Linux, but not this fast!
This version imports updates pretty well every day - it also offers an Upgrade - can I do that safely?
Linux versions are much more user-friendly now, being in effect mainly menu-driven, but an introduction to the syntax underlying use of the Command line would be useful.
Apologies for a very long mail with too many questions - I know the general rule is one question per mail but this lot need the context. Please help!
Yours hopefully, -