For a general explanation of how to edit Grub, see this post viewtopic.php?f=90&t=24011#p140304
. The original question was about setting default boot order but the procedure can be applied to any Grub editing you need to do.
(edit) Been thinking. In an earlier post you said
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.
It seems that you successfully installed Mint to your SATA drive but when you boot the computer, it boots from the IDE drive and never sees Grub on the SATA drive. This is easy to check. When you boot the computer, call up the boot sequence using whatever key is used by your system. The boot sequence will probably look like this:
and maybe several more entries.
You want to change the boot order so HDD 2 is accessed first.
Once this is done return to the normal boot. If I'm right, you should get the Grub menu and be able to boot into Mint. If you succeed, just enter set up from the boot screen and permanently change the boot sequence. This will work as long as the SATA drive remains in the computer.
Alternately, you could remove the IDE drive - thus promoting the SATA drive to HDD 1. Or you could erase the XP install on the IDE drive. If the bios doesn't find any bootable files on HDD 1, it will check HDD 2 and find Grub.
Actually it doesn't matter whether Mint is on the SATA or the IDE drive. What matters is that it is on the drive the computer sees as HDD 2. If you get the computer to boot from HDD 2 your problems should be solved.
(edit again) Really, your best option is to delete XP from the drive without Mint installed. It is not best practice to have the same Operating System installed on two drives in the same computer. Just run the Mint live CD and from the desktop and call up partition manager. Select the proper drive, highlight the XP partition and delete.