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Dual Boot setup

Postby natchezjohn on Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:35 am

OK, now I have Mint 14.1 Cinnamon on sda1 and Mint 10 on sda6. Default boot is Cinnamon (first boot menu position). I want to put 14.1 Mate on sda 6 but default boot as Cinnamon. How do I do so?
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Re: Dual Boot setup

Postby xenopeek on Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:54 am

While installing Linux Mint 14.1 MATE you will get to the question where it asks you how it should install--use the entire disk, install alongside exisiting operating systems, overwrite an older version (this may possibly be shown, or not), or something else. Pick something else so you can do a manual set up of which partitions to use. Pick /dev/sda6 and select to format it as Ext4 and to mount it as /. Pick your swap partition and select to use it as swap (no need to format). Make sure also to select install the boot loader GRUB to /dev/sda6, and not to /dev/sda as probably will be the default. If you do it like this, the GRUB that was installed by Linux Mint 14.1 Cinnamon stays on /dev/sda and it will see your new Linux Mint 14.1 MATE installation and add it to the GRUB menu.
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Re: Dual Boot setup

Postby mintybits on Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:11 pm

Or, just install to sda6 and Grub to sda (default).
Any time you like, boot in to Cinammon Mint and run
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sudo dpkg-reconfigure grub-pc

And then Cinammon Mint will host Grub and be first in the boot menu.
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Re: Dual Boot setup

Postby natchezjohn on Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:17 pm

BOTH look like they'll work. Thank ya'll (that's plural for you) VERY much,

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