Hey all, I'm a firm supporter of open source software and while I've spent a great deal of reading on Linux, it's history and it's subsequent future, I've always been reluctant to install it. I use fedora in a virtual box environment to mess around with the gedit program trying to teach myself programming. Then one fine day on Reddit I saw someone post some screen shots of Linux Mint 14 and was absolutely enthralled. So I downloaded the iso for Linux Mint 14 Nadia for 64 bit (and yes my machine is 64 bit).
Immediately I had problems even with the image on the installation CD. The only way I could even test LM14 was in compatibility mode. Nevertheless, it was awesome, beautiful, everything I wanted. So I clicked on the Install Linux icon, and selected for a dual boot.
However, once grub started and I selected LM14, there was a blinking cursor, then darkness, then there's this message that modules are missing, and it's unable to find dev/sda6 which is the partition where my installation is housed. So then I scoured the internet for solutions. Here's what I tried:
1.) in Grub you can select "e" and edit the command lines for Linux Mint, Boot. Instead of putting root=UUIE="a slew of characters" (or something like that) I'm supposed to put in root=dev/sda6. I tried this, and still no luck. All that happened was that the boot took forever, and served me up a slew of booting messages with respect to whether the system was finding usb connections or not, before it seized at the instafrm command line and wouldn't let me even type in a message.
2.) I opened up grub.cfg with pluma to make changes that one forum had recommended. But the file was so write-protected I couldn't do anything. In the actual comments of the grub.cfg file it warns that it's a generated file and can't be changed except by tweaking other files.
3.) SO then I put in the installation disk and start in compatibility mode again. I install the repair-boot program through terminal. I run the program. It does it's thing. Then tells me it's all fixed and I should reboot now. So I do reboot, I'm back at grub. I run LM14. Again, blinking cursor and then the message of the missing modules and the inability to find /dev/sda6.
It seems clear it just can't find my partition, even though the installation was the one who created the partition in the first place. Perhaps my windows OS is just being a jackass and thwarting any other OS installation at every which way? Also, I did some serious research on the internet and found this bug to be prevalent on all linux platforms. One writer says that one needs to replace the initrd.img file with the same file from a previous stable version. As this is my first install, of course I don't have a previous stable version to pick files from. I'm a bit demoralized with my first foray into the world of Linux and I was hoping I could poke around a distro that might be a bit more less mainstream than Ubuntu.
One last thing: One good thing about the boot-repair program was it gave me a full on report of my entire system and the actions it took. You can see it here at: http://paste2.org/p/2553971.
My guess is that this installation -especially for 64 bit - just isn't that stable. At least not for a dual boot with Windows Vista. Darn.