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by gold_finger
Sun May 28, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [SOLVED]Dual Boot Mint/Windows 7 no GRUB
Replies: 15
Views: 1254

Re: Dual Boot Mint/Windows 7 no GRUB

Another option is to just install grub from live Mint USB/DVD. Boot Mint USB/DVD, open a terminal and enter command from austin.texas to confirm the target drive is still seen as /dev/sd e . Assuming it is, then run the following commands in the terminal to install grub: sudo mount /dev/sde5 /mnt su...
by gold_finger
Sat May 27, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to boot Mint in BIOS mode?
Replies: 18
Views: 8324

Re: How to boot Mint in BIOS mode?

Sorry took so long to get back on this. Output posted shows Windows was installed in Legacy mode, but USB is being booted in UEFI mode. You need to boot USB in same mode as Windows to do a proper dual-boot install. Don't worry about getting into UEFI/Bios Settings, it's already booting in the proper...
by gold_finger
Sat May 27, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Dual boot with Vista - how to install to boot drive
Replies: 25
Views: 1363

Re: Dual boot with Vista - how to install to boot drive

@ f1charlie, If you do end up installing Mint to /dev/sda (the Windows OS drive), you can also make a copy of the MBR and partition table to keep in case of emergency before you install Mint. (If you've got a Vista install disk you can repair MBR with that, so this is unnecessary; but if you don't a...
by gold_finger
Fri May 26, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Installing Mint 18.1 on Ubuntu 10.04
Replies: 37
Views: 1463

Re: Installing Mint 18.1 on Ubuntu 10.04

Been following this with interest, but I must ask -- have you tried using Plop as I posted here? A Plop CD should give you the ability to boot from the USB stick. I used to have a Dell Optiplex GX260 and am fairly certain that I was able to boot USBs by using Plop CD.
by gold_finger
Fri May 26, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED(I think)]Installing Mint Without a SWAP Partition
Replies: 6
Views: 888

Re: [SOLVED(I think)]Installing Mint Without a SWAP Partition

Yes, 2GB should be max you need. If you've got plenty of extra room on drive don't worry about it though -- 5GB Swap won't hurt anything or cause any performance problems.
by gold_finger
Fri May 26, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to boot Mint in BIOS mode?
Replies: 18
Views: 8324

Re: How to boot Mint in BIOS mode?

Like WharfRat said, sounds like Windows was installed in Legacy/Bios mode and your Mint USB stick is being booted in UEFI mode. DO NOT attempt installing if that is the situation! So we can be absolutely certain what the situation is, boot with Mint USB again, open a terminal ( Menu -> Accessories -...
by gold_finger
Thu May 25, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Which Linux Version for Dell Mini 10v
Replies: 6
Views: 3207

Re: Which Linux Version for Dell Mini 10v

I'll second what Mute Ant just said -- go with either Xfce or Mate versions of Mint. I've installed Xfce to a couple of very similar machines and it works well. Another (possibly better) choice for that system would be AntiX which I have installed as a dual boot with Mint Xfce on a Dell Latitude 212...
by gold_finger
Thu May 25, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: How to install again windows after linux mint from acer recovery partition
Replies: 20
Views: 1863

Re: How to install again windows after linux mint from acer recovery partition

Will that destroy the recovery position? Yes, but using an install USB is basically the same thing as using the recovery partition. Only difference is that recovery partition will install exactly as when brand new with any/all bloatware provided by manufacturer and probably all of the drivers neede...
by gold_finger
Thu May 25, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED]Fresh Install on New SSD
Replies: 15
Views: 1013

Re: Fresh Install on New SSD

Strange output. inxi output doesn't seem to show anything installed in a root partition. os-prober found Mint in the Swap partition. Wierd. Post back with following output from terminal: sudo parted --list While waiting for further responses, reboot computer, go into UEFI/Bios Settings and look for ...
by gold_finger
Thu May 25, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED(I think)]Installing Mint Without a SWAP Partition
Replies: 6
Views: 888

Re: [SOLVED(I think)]Installing Mint Without a SWAP Partition

EDIT: Now a trivial question: Swap partitions are like fallback positions of memory use, are they? Yes. If memory required is more than available in RAM, then some of whats in RAM will be swapped temporarily to the swap partition on hard drive. Hard drive access is much slower than RAM, so when thi...
by gold_finger
Wed May 24, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: [SOLVED(I think)]Installing Mint Without a SWAP Partition
Replies: 6
Views: 888

Re: Installing Mint Without a SWAP Partition

I'm not entirely sure what you're asking. Perhaps best to include output of following command in a terminal, which will show exact hardware specs of your system: inxi -Fxz See here for how to post that output back to the forum for us to look at. Are you asking if a Swap partition is necessary if com...
by gold_finger
Wed May 24, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: windows 10 dual boot issue
Replies: 7
Views: 529

Re: windows 10 dual boot issue

Have never used MS's Media Creation Tool, but have used Rufus to make bootable Windows install USBs without issue. Just going to add a few pointers. If you don't already know, figure out if both Mint and Windows were installed in UEFI or Legacy/Bios mode. Best way: Boot into Mint, open a terminal an...
by gold_finger
Wed May 24, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: two Mint 17 on laptop, wanna delete one
Replies: 2
Views: 179

Re: two Mint 17 on laptop, wanna delete one

After you delete the unwanted Mint install using instructions posted by austin.texas , post back with more details about what drivers you're talking about. Most hardware drivers are built into the Linux kernel and handled automatically without you having to do anything. Only major exceptions are som...
by gold_finger
Wed May 24, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: new to Mint, installing from bootable usb
Replies: 1
Views: 201

Re: new to Mint, installing from bootable usb

/dev/sd b is most likely just the USB stick you are booted from. I forget the exact wording, but you probably got a message that something on /dev/sdb was mounted and were asked if you wanted to unmount it before continuing with installation. It may warn about trying to install to a mounted partitio...
by gold_finger
Mon May 22, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Xfce
Topic: For those who have tried Cinnamon or Mate: why do you use Xfce?
Replies: 33
Views: 3552

Re: For those who have tried Cinnamon or Mate: why do you use Xfce?

Xfce for me too -- been using it on computers of any age for many years. Same reasons others have posted: rock solid, stable, like traditional desktop, easily customizable, etc., etc. It's been a while since I've bothered looking at the others, but for me: Tried KDE several times and never liked. Fo...
by gold_finger
Mon May 22, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: How to install again windows after linux mint from acer recovery partition
Replies: 20
Views: 1863

Re: How to install again windows after linux mint from acer recovery partition

One guess is that recovery partition may not work because original partition structure on drive has changed and it's now looking in the wrong place when invoked. Don't know for sure, just guessing this might be the problem with it. Don't know if MS still has ISO's of Win7 available for download or n...
by gold_finger
Mon May 22, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Will only boot with recovery option
Replies: 4
Views: 327

Re: Will only boot with recovery option

In addition to posting back with command output requested by jimallyn , can you go into more exact detail about what you mean by this? Now, after installing it will not finish booting to the GUI unless off the live version OR running, from GRUB, the option for repairing the files and once it's done,...
by gold_finger
Mon May 22, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Boot Issues
Replies: 17
Views: 818

Re: Boot Issues

should I consider replacing hard drive, or? It's most likely not a problem with the hard drive. Go ahead and try switching boot modes to Legacy/CSM and install that way following tutorial posted by austin.texas . You'll need to use whatever special keystrokes are necessary to do two things before y...
by gold_finger
Mon May 22, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Boot Issues
Replies: 17
Views: 818

Re: Boot Issues

Not sure what's going on. Go into UEFI/Bios Settings of computer and make sure it is set to boot in UEFI/EFI mode -- maybe it's booting in Legacy/CSM mode which would cause the problem you're having. You should see some type of message flash on screen immediately after powering on computer telling y...
by gold_finger
Mon May 22, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Dual boot Windows 10/Linux Mint, ubuntu. Windows has crashed
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Re: Dual boot Windows 10/Linux Mint, ubuntu. Windows has crashed

Can I delete that boot partition and merge it into my linux extt4 system. Yes, but it's so small it's pointless to do that. IS the linux boot on there as well? No. Also, If I extended the boot partition, could I reinstall windows on that. I suppose "yes" you could do that, but that would involve mo...

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