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by Derek_S
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Installation from USB flash drive, black screen
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Re: Installation from USB flash drive, black screen

Hello @ NewlyMinted85 - OK. If your installation media isn't the problem and the .iso file you used isn't corrupted, then it could be a video driver issue. This is a common issue with Nvidia and AMD graphics cards, especially on hardware that's very old or very new, such as yours. Follow this proced...
by Derek_S
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Installation from USB flash drive, black screen
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Re: Installation from USB flash drive, black screen

Hello @ NewlyMinted85 and welcome to the Linux Mint forum. If it's a new machine, then the odds are it uses UEFI boot, not MBR boot. On UEFI systems, the installation media must be formatted FAT32, not NTFS. Anything formatted NTFS will not be recognized as a bootable device. Now here's the real pro...
by Derek_S
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Can't extend (/home) Partition.
Replies: 3
Views: 194

Re: Can't extend (/home) Partition.

You've got a bit of a mess on your hands. First of all, in order to "extend" the ext4 partition you've got highlighted at the end of the disk, the unallocated space on the disk must be directly adjacent to it, you cannot have other disk partitions located in between them. But it gets worse from ther...
by Derek_S
Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED] Dual boot LM19 on Win7 32 bit PC
Replies: 6
Views: 193

Re: Dual boot LM19 on Win7 32 bit PC

Hello @ Wallace and welcome to the Linux Mint forum. There's only one piece of advice I can offer: In the future, if he ever decides to upgrade the memory from 4GB to 8GB, or whatever, then you should install a 64 bit version of LM in order to take advantage of the additional memory. (A 32 bit OS ca...
by Derek_S
Fri May 31, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Observations on life
Replies: 92
Views: 4346

Re: Observations on life

If you ever see me standing on line at the supermarket, do yourself a favor and get on another line. I always seem to choose the line where someone doesn't have enough money and has to begin putting things back, or forget the PIN number on their bank debit card, or discover they have a zero balance ...
by Derek_S
Fri May 31, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Made a complete mess of Mint install
Replies: 8
Views: 352

Re: Made a complete mess of Mint install

I dunno. Whenever I'm doing a clean install of any operating system, regardless of it being Windows or Linux, the very first thing I do is to create a new partition table on the disk. A lot of O.E.M.'s will modify the boot sector in order to provide access separate disk partitions which contain spec...
by Derek_S
Fri May 31, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Questions re: partitions for dual boot Win10
Replies: 6
Views: 229

Re: Questions re: partitions for dual boot Win10

Before doing anything, have a look at the tutorial by goldfinger, it should answer most of your questions: viewtopic.php?f=42&t=163126
by Derek_S
Fri May 31, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Unable to locate and overwrite windows
Replies: 7
Views: 265

Re: Unable to locate and overwrite windows

One of the "tricks" that Windows has learned is how to look like it's off when it really isn't. It called Fast Boot. As I recall there is a setting in Windows for that. I don't know where it may be located because I'm not a Windows user, and try to stay away from it as much as possible. So try to l...
by Derek_S
Thu May 30, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Unable to locate and overwrite windows
Replies: 7
Views: 265

Re: Unable to locate and overwrite windows

First off, /dev/sdc is listed as a USB device; is it the USB flash drive you're using as your installation media? More than likely, although the size seems off. Any chance that your Windows 7 installation is encrypted? An encrypted disk isn't recognized as having a structured filesystem, so the inst...
by Derek_S
Thu May 23, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Prepping laptop for sale
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: Prepping laptop for sale

Hello @ Mudskipper - Things like dban, dd, or shred are all right for conventional hard drives, but they're not really good to use on a SSD, since they overwrite every sector on the drive, which takes away from the SSD's lifetime writes. Since you're selling it along with the laptop, you might or mi...
by Derek_S
Thu May 23, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Linux Installing to RAM + Lost Windows
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: Linux Installing to RAM + Lost Windows

Hello @ mcwil - Don't take it personally, but you have your priorities backwards. Your first priority should be to fix the boot problem with Windows 10, then worry about installing Linux Mint later. Trust me. Been there, done that, and getting it backwards is only creating more issues to deal with l...
by Derek_S
Thu May 23, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: It's like Microsoft is driving you toward Linux
Replies: 28
Views: 1469

Re: It's like Microsoft is driving you toward Linux

If there is one cardinal rule to running a Windows OS and maintaining your sanity, it's this: You must create backup images on a regular basis. Years ago (in the Windows XP era) I got into the habit of creating a backup image on every weekend prior to Patch Tuesday, which occurs on the second Tuesda...
by Derek_S
Thu May 23, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Mint 19.1 installs but computer won't boot after install
Replies: 8
Views: 284

Re: Mint 19.1 installs but computer won't boot after install

Solved! Installed 32 bit Mint instead of 64 bit. Windows 7 previously installed was 64 bit so I assumed I should install 64 bit version of Mint. Guess not! That's odd. When I read the specs for your machine, I found the processor was a Core 2 Duo. It should be 64 bit compatible. As long as it has 4...
by Derek_S
Wed May 22, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: unable to access Windows 10 partition
Replies: 9
Views: 320

Re: unable to access Windows 10 partition

Doug523 wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 11:37 pm
I found the issue. So simple I feel like a jack**s. TURNED OFF BITLOCKER! Damn microsoft. I can now access the windows partition.
Don't feel bad, it happens to the best of us.
by Derek_S
Wed May 22, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED] Is there a way to boot directly to Win 7 from inside Linux
Replies: 17
Views: 525

Re: Is there a way to boot directly to Win 7 from inside Linux

From a virtual machine, yes. Otherwise, no.
by Derek_S
Wed May 22, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Mint 19.1 installs but computer won't boot after install
Replies: 8
Views: 284

Re: Mint 19.1 installs but computer won't boot after install

Hello @ km4hr - I had a look at the specs for your Dell Studio 1440. The Dell support page lists Windows Vista and Windows 7 as the available operating systems, so it's safe to say that your machine uses BIOS/MBR boot, which is pretty foolproof. Here's a list of questions to try and narrow down the ...
by Derek_S
Tue May 21, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Partition planning for Dual boot rig. "SOLVED"
Replies: 16
Views: 617

Re: Partition planning for Dual boot rig.

Hello @ Mardoin - Have a look at this thread: https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=225&t=294576 According to gm10, when you install a Steam game, you get to choose where the game is installed. It would be good to follow pbear's advice, install one game and see where it ends up. If you're con...
by Derek_S
Tue May 21, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Gaming on Linux Mint
Topic: A Simple Question (I Hope!)
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: A Simple Question (I Hope!)

Hello @ gm10 - Thanks for the quick reply. I'll pass that information along. I think his main concern is if he ever has to re-install Linux Mint, he's afraid of losing all of his saved games.
by Derek_S
Tue May 21, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Message: "error: file '/boot/' not found." when booting from USB image
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Message: "error: file '/boot/' not found." when booting from USB image

Hello @ Matt - O.K. Glad to hear you solved the problem. Good luck with sorting out the rest of it. I think some of the older Dell machines are like that as well, if you want to boot from USB, then it must appear as the first item in the boot order.
by Derek_S
Tue May 21, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Gaming on Linux Mint
Topic: A Simple Question (I Hope!)
Replies: 4
Views: 379

A Simple Question (I Hope!)

Someone on another thread asked me that when you install a Steam game, what directory (or directories) are used. I'm not a gamer, so I admitted I have no idea. He was curious as to whether all of the files end up in the / directory, or they all end up in the /home directory, or if they somehow get d...

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