say, out of curiousity, how different is /dev/sda from others like /dev/sda1 etc
viking777 wrote:You have to install one version of grub to /dev/sda or you will never get anything to boot - ever!
If mint is the only distro you have on the machine then it has to go on /dev/sda. If you have another boot loader already on /dev/sda (not counting windows) then you could install to the partition, not otherwise.
viking777 wrote:As always what you say is unimpeachable srs, but you have to read between the lines a bit. The OP has been offered a choice of installing his boot loader in /dev/sda or /dev/sda1. Is there ever a case where a whole disk (/dev/sda) can be an ESP? I personally doubt it. Not only that, but if this were a Uefi system and /dev/sda1 was his ESP then when he installed his bootloader there the system should have booted anyway- and it didn't.
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