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by DSpencer
Fri Aug 21, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: No dual boot choice Win7/ Mint 17.2
Replies: 17
Views: 1978

Re: No dual boot choice Win7/ Mint 17.2

I don't think that you specified how your drive is set up (GPT or MBR and if you have the so-called 'ESP', EFI System Partition, on the drive), and especially whether you are booting UEFI mode or Legacy (or its equivalent) mode. I have not worked with SSDs so I don't have specific knowledge of that ...
by DSpencer
Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Unable to install GRUB in /dev/sda
Replies: 14
Views: 10765

Re: Unable to install GRUB in /dev/sda

This thread, started by JohnnyBob, should be (yet again) a wake-up call for people working on and producing any linux distro (especially LM given its very high popularity) to get this whole (U)EFI installation and dual booting mess addressed and solved. This seems to me the ideal time for new people...
by DSpencer
Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:13 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Full meltdown, trying to recover /home files -- hopeless?
Replies: 20
Views: 1051

Re: Full meltdown, trying to recover /home files -- hopeless

You should always have a proper linux live CD handy for these situations, and KNOPPIX is pretty much the standard and what I fall back on. Many linux distros have LiveCDs (and LM does have that, or I guess is that now) but KNOPPIX is not, at least obviously, tightly tied to any distro. Anyone trying...
by DSpencer
Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:17 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: External drive is read only, I want to write to it
Replies: 9
Views: 3644

Re: External drive is read only, I want to write to it

I realize that this is an old thread but I thought it might be useful to give, for possible future queries, my experience with this problem. In my case I had decided to make a serious attempt to essentially replace my Mac mini and Mac OS X with Linux (and I've ended up with Mint) for nearly everythi...
by DSpencer
Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:15 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: failing boot: initramfs
Replies: 26
Views: 3517

Re: failing boot: initramfs

With reference to the original query:
Try adding the entry "acpi=off" to the kernel options.
That's what I had to do to even get the LiveCD to boot, as well as to boot the installed system.
by DSpencer
Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:39 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Mint 5 will only load busy box not live cd
Replies: 2
Views: 714

Re: Mint 5 will only load busy box not live cd

This is becoming my mantra as I respond to many similar queries, but I have just installed Linux Mint (for the first time) and I can tell you that the Linux Mint 5 KDE beta 045 LiveCD (and the final installed OS) will not boot on my system (and in general I have found for many or all linux distros o...
by DSpencer
Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:29 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Buffer i/o error on device fd0 logical block 0
Replies: 20
Views: 3069

Re: Buffer i/o error on device fd0 logical block 0

Try the kernel option "acpi=off'. This seems to overcome (resolves) a myriad of perplexing issues with many (all?) linux distros (and in fact PC-BSD as well). ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) actually affects many parts of the computer hardware not just hibernation, going to sleep, ...
by DSpencer
Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:12 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: PLEASE HELP! Stuck with Busybox (Edited)
Replies: 2
Views: 1200

Re: PLEASE HELP! Stuck with Busybox (Edited)

I have found that I can rarely boot into any linux on any machine (and I have many, different models, motherboards, chipsets) without the kernel option 'acpi=off'. That includes the Linux Mint KDE beta 045 LiveCD. In fact when I didn't have that added to my 'menu.lst', and tried to boot into my fres...
by DSpencer
Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:57 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Can I move my /home to a new partition?
Replies: 4
Views: 1061

Re: Can I move my /home to a new partition?

There is no big deal moving your '/home' subdirectory to another partition. I have usually placed user files in the more traditional 'usr/local/users' subdirectory, a throwback to my older Solaris (and earlier linux days). Then I symlink ('ln -s') the new subdirectory to the subdirectory '/home'. Yo...
by DSpencer
Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:15 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Correcting Screen Resolution
Replies: 5
Views: 1451

Re: Correcting Screen Resolution

First, remember that the 'vga=791' entry in the kernel options in the menu.lst file affects only the initial screen resolution (the splash screen or the text displayed during the boot if in verbose mode). It does not influence the X server, and in fact you can get into some frustrating problems beca...

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