Aging Technogeek wrote:You certainly have done your homework on installing Mint. I would recommend one more bit of reading. This thread viewtopic.php?f=90&t=11872 contains much valuable information on installation and partitioning.
The first thing you should do is make a full disk backup of your Windows installation just in case of a mistake. When you run the installer from the live CD step 4 will be disk partition and format. Choose manual partitioning and click "Forward".
Select the partition you want to use to install Mint. Be very careful that you choose the correct partition- Linux identifies disks and partitions differently than Windows. The first hard disk - HD 1 in Windows will be identified as sda in Linux. The partitions will be identified as sda1,sda2, etc. In the upper right corer of the manual partition page you will find a disk selection menu. Choose sda (you will know you have the correct disk if you see a notation above the first entry in the partition table that says "boot"- assuming you have no bootable entries on sdb.).
Choose the 19.5 GB partition (it will probably be sda6 or sda7). Click on the partition to highlight it, recheck that you have the correct partition, and select "delete partition" from the menu. The program will redraw the partition table showing the selected partition as unallocated space. Use this space to set up your extended partition and set up the logical partitions you want for your Mint installation inside the extended partition. Make sure the "format" boxes are checked off for all logical partitions other than :swap". When you are done setting your partitions click "Forward "and the partitioner will install the selected partitions.
If you can't boot, this has to be done from the live CD (where sudo has no password - be careful)
Tried installing from bootably linux mint cd, didn't get stuck this time... got the partition table list and clicked on manual. Then I deleted the "20gb" partition on sdb... created new partitions for:
"/" (as ext3), : 12000 mb
"swap" : 2000 mb
"/home" : remaining 6475 mb... or something of that size...
Then I clicked forward... filled in rest of info required.. and rebooted...
After the reboot, it DIDN'T Start the dual boot as I had read in posts/threads on this forum
During partition, I had noticed that all the remaining FAT32 and ntfs drives of my hard drive had the "not to be used" setting enabled for them... and so I didn't tamper with them much, except deleting and extending the 20gb partition.... anything wrong with that?? Linux mint is now installed on my system with the partitions, but it doesn't boot!...what should I do??
This is my last comment on this thread... would wait for any response/help you can provide.
Here's what the drives look like in my windows now:
^^ I notice that drive D is no more available, and the remaining drives have not been renumbered.
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