OK, so I looked around on youtube and on this forum, and managed to get the pc back to square one - i.e exactly how it was before I tried to install Mint first time around (including restoring the MBR to how it was)
. I think what I'll do is minimise the size of the d drive and have another stab at creating the partitions manually using gparted. Gotta admit though, when i put mint 11 on my old desktop (windows xp, no partitions other than for Windows itself) I don't recall it being this involved. I think all I did was tell it to install mint alongside XP and it just sort of did it no problems.
I really wanna get mint to work as it's far more efficient and user friendly than MS. If only itunes could work reliably in linux I would simply overwrite the entire hard drive with mint and abandon MS forever!!
Thanks for all your help guys.
Glad to know that you managed to get back to original config of windows. There are alternatives available for itunes. rhythmbox player is known to sync with ipod. just google for it and try them.
I think what I'll do is minimise the size of the d drive and have another stab at creating the partitions manually using gparted.
If the size is not too big. Just leave that partition. If you want to shrink it, leave atleast 1 GB empty space.
Regarding installation, I also did the same thing. Generally, the dual boot option, which you selected, works well.
That unallocated partition, does not make any difference to Linux. You can always reformat it later to whatever partition you like. In fact many distro-hoppers, which use 4 -5 Linux Distros, keep / leave some space 20 - 30 GB space unallocated for future distros. Since the space is unallocated i.e. there is no file system. This space is dead and no data can be saved on this part. They just want to reserve this space for next distro.
The reason for which I suggested you to go for 'Something Else' i.e. manual install is due to the fact that, after spending some time with Mint, you may want to try another OS or upgrade Mint to a newer version. In my case, I dual booted Ubuntu 9.1 with XP and then I could not get XP to boot, though XP was installed, Grub did not boot it. So I tried to Repair Ubuntu and in process installed another Ubuntu. - Total Mess. To add to it, I have 2 HDDs. So it is better to go for manual install. This will help you in future.
To gain confidence in booting, I suggested you to try to install Mint inside virtualbox
. Still if you are confident, you can go for manual install. It is left to you.
I will suggest you one thing. You had a problem with nvidia graphic card
I'm running an NVIDIA graphics card, and when I ran the OS via the disk I had to interrupt the loading and replace the text 'quiet splash' with 'nomodeset acpi=off'. I don't seem to be able to interrupt the boot process from the hard drive to change the text in the same way. Has this got something to do with the loading problem?
Kernel 3.0.4 had some issues with NVidia graphic cards. I do not know which is the default kernel for Mint 11, but the chances are slim that it will have Kernel V 3.0 or above. It should have Version 2.6.35 or above. Each kernel handles hardware differently. BEFORE trying for another fresh install, please post this problem in the Newbie Section
. This will help you solve the problem. Do not post it here. Since this thread has got many replies, some people may skip this thread. It is better to post it as a new thread in the Newbie Section.
Also mention card model no and laptop model no.
via Disk - you mean LIVE DVD right?
Apart from the official guide, here is another guide. Very useful and informative.Beginners Guide to Installing and Using Linux Mint
It is updated for LM 11