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Unable to install bootloader

Postby jlr1701 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:26 pm

Hey everybody,

I am trying to install Mint 14 Cinnamon 64-bit and all goes well until the boot loader install, which fails. I am trying to install on a 512GB Samsung 830 SSD. Also happen to have a Samsung 830 256GB installed and it will not take the boot loader either. There are also two 1GB regular hard drives in the system that I use for data storage. My system specs should be in my signature, but the motherboard is an Asus Sabertooth X79. I have the SSD drives plugged into the SATA 6 ports and NOT the SSD caching since I don't understand what those are for. This motherboard does have the dreaded Secure Boot functionality, but it is disabled in the BIOS. Also NOT using UEFI. Am trying to dual-boot with Windows 8.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Jeff
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Re: Unable to install bootloader

Postby kc1di on Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:44 pm

Hello Jeff and welcome to Mint,

I'm not sure why your having problems with grub but you might want to try going to the page below and downloading and running boot-repair it will give you and error log of the grub install that can lead to a solution if it does not fix the problem.
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https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair
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Re: Unable to install bootloader

Postby jlr1701 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:20 pm

Apparently this computer will not recognize a Linux boot drive. I took the 512 GB drive out of the system and Windows 8 boots fine. Guess I'll be sticking with it. :(
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Re: Unable to install bootloader

Postby kc1di on Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:09 pm

jlr1701 wrote:Apparently this computer will not recognize a Linux boot drive. I took the 512 GB drive out of the system and Windows 8 boots fine. Guess I'll be sticking with it. :(

I find that hard to believe, There are problems of course with the new UEFI boot. but it should be possible to overcome them on most machines.

Here are a couple pages that you may want to take a look at.

http://www.howtogeek.com/99060/how-to-dual-boot-windows-8-and-linux-mint-on-the-same-pc/
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=121912&start=20
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_Yd2jK-7Jg
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Re: Unable to install bootloader

Postby jlr1701 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:20 am

I think I got a bad burn on my DVD. I finally got the system to see the hard drive (boot settings in the BIOS), but now my login doesn't work after an apparently successful install and first boot. :?:

Will try again tomorrow. This is really frustrating, especially since I installed Mint on my laptop earlier today from the same disc and it went without a hitch and works great. *shrugs* Baffled and tired...
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Re: Unable to install bootloader

Postby kc1di on Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:06 am

but now my login doesn't work after an apparently successful install and first boot.

this is a seperate issue and you should start a new thread with it as the subject and you'll get answers quicker that way.
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Re: Unable to install bootloader

Postby jlr1701 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:08 pm

My computer doesn't like something about the login manager for Cinnamon and MATE. I tried them both. I have Mint KDE installed and it's working great so far! *shrugs*

Just happy to have some version of Mint working! :)
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Re: Unable to install bootloader

Postby kc1di on Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:26 am

Glad you found something that works for you. still don't understand what's going on with cinnamon and mate though unless it has something to do with compiz.
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