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by gold_finger
Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: partitions and other newb questions [SOLVED]
Replies: 7
Views: 448

Re: partitions and other newb questions

So my understanding is: the MBR is at the beginning of a drive outside of a partition. When a new distro is installed, it points MBR to boot from grub which is located in the root partition its installed on (assuming i did create a separate boot partition). And every linux OS I have installed has g...
by gold_finger
Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: partitions and other newb questions [SOLVED]
Replies: 7
Views: 448

Re: partitions and other newb questions

1) If I have a separate "/" and "/home" partition... besides my personal files, what goes in the /home partition? Various configuration files for programs you use (eg. Firefox -- bookmarks, addons, etc.) and/or customizations you've made to desktop (eg. icons and their arrangement in the panel, on ...
by gold_finger
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: <SOLVED>Is Serena supposed to take 33 gigs?
Replies: 10
Views: 559

Re: Is Serena supposed to take 33 gigs?

Great -- glad to hear it worked out. Quick Note: to mark this as <SOLVED> you need to go to your first post on this thread and edit title on that one. That's the only way it shows up as solved when people are browsing through the list of threads under various headings ("Installation & Boot" heading ...
by gold_finger
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: grub converted GPT win 7 ssd to MBR on UEFI system - help!
Replies: 13
Views: 860

Re: grub converted GPT win 7 ssd to MBR on UEFI system - help!

On Mint 18 Xfce, what I'm working on, the location of the mbr.bin file is in /usr/lib/syslinux/mbr/ directory. I thought it was there in Mint 17.1 also, but apparently not. Use following command to list the contents of just /usr/lib/syslinux/ directory and see if file called mbr.bin is in the output...
by gold_finger
Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: SOLVED - Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux
Replies: 28
Views: 1778

Re: Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux

I just did a test install of KDE to see what installer looks like. It's a little different than on other versions of Mint, but not hard to follow and you seem to have figured it out. My test install was in VirtualBox and virtual drive did not have any prior partitions, so I couldn't duplicate proble...
by gold_finger
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: SOLVED - Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux
Replies: 28
Views: 1778

Re: Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux

Quick note before I answer the questions: That tutorial is specifically for installing Mint in UEFI mode, so don't use those directions for this install unless you decided that you would like to try that instead of what you did on original Mint install -- a Legacy/Bios mode install. Instructions I w...
by gold_finger
Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: SOLVED - Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux
Replies: 28
Views: 1778

Re: Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux

Good. Output shows that USB booted in Bios mode and since you are used to that now we'll keep it that way on new install. Afterwards you'll still have computer boot straight to Mint and use the F12 key for Windows booting like you are doing now. I noticed that your Mint root partition on hard drive ...
by gold_finger
Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: SOLVED - Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux
Replies: 28
Views: 1778

Re: Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux

Okay, parted --list output confirmed my suspicion -- Mint is now installed in Bios mode, Windows in UEFI mode and that is why you don't see a grub menu offering to boot either one. The ideal way to install Mint is in same mode as Windows. Then you'll be able to boot either OS from grub menu rather t...
by gold_finger
Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: SOLVED - Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux
Replies: 28
Views: 1778

Re: Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux

Sorry, one more command output please:

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sudo parted --list
by gold_finger
Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: SOLVED - Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux
Replies: 28
Views: 1778

Re: Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux

Sorry, I should have specified for you to first boot into your installed Mint and run the command from there (not from live DVD/USB). Could you do that please just to confirm my suspicion. From what you said about it only booting to Mint unless you use F12 key for Windows it does sound like you have...
by gold_finger
Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: SOLVED - Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux
Replies: 28
Views: 1778

Re: Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux

Looked at pic -- one partition (/dev/sda6) has me wondering whether your current install of Mint is in Bios mode, while Windows is in UEFI mode. Can you post the output of this terminal command please: lsblk -af Do you have to do anything special when you change booting from Windows to Mint, or from...
by gold_finger
Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Installation decisions [solved]
Replies: 21
Views: 859

Re: Installation decisions

Did I choose the wrong place to start installing Linux Mint? Would the Toshiba be a better start? Boot XP machine with Mint Mate DVD, open the GParted program to display your hard drive partitions and follow directions in this post to make a screenshot of that and post it here for us to see. You'll...
by gold_finger
Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: SOLVED - Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux
Replies: 28
Views: 1778

Re: Which tutorial should I use to reinstall Linux

@ KIMW, It may end up being difficult to try coordinating time online with any one of us, so it might be best to just go ahead and post your screenshot from KDE equivalent of GParted. (I don't know what it's called, maybe KParted, or KDEParted, etc.) If Pierre happens to be online and see it, great....
by gold_finger
Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Linux Mint "Sarah" Cinnamon installation on Live USB Black Screen after boot countdown
Replies: 2
Views: 335

Re: Linux Mint "Sarah" Cinnamon installation on Live USB Black Screen after boot countdown

Glad to hear you got Mint installed. Currently trying to figure out why Disks crashes when partitioning my secondary drives. I've seen quite a few posts over the years about the Disks program causing various problems, so personally I don't trust it and have never used it. If you're trying to partiti...
by gold_finger
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: grub converted GPT win 7 ssd to MBR on UEFI system - help!
Replies: 13
Views: 860

Re: grub converted GPT win 7 ssd to MBR on UEFI system - help!

Boot again with your Mint DVD and try the following instead. Open a terminal and confirm which drive is the SSD (probably /dev/sd a again) with this command: sudo parted --list Assuming for this example that SSD is still /dev/sda. If not replace the "a" in "sd a " with correct letter, (eg. /dev/sd b...
by gold_finger
Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Solved. New Dual OS installation, both inaccessible
Replies: 11
Views: 752

Re: New Duel OS installation, both inaccessible

After you press the Novo button, it should take you to the UEFI BIOS settings. Try to go to the BOOT Order menu and change the boot order to boot the computer first from UEFI USB devices or UEFI USB HDD or UEFI USB Flash-drive, in order to boot the Live LM 18.1 USB Flash-drive. That should give you...
by gold_finger
Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: grub converted GPT win 7 ssd to MBR on UEFI system - help!
Replies: 13
Views: 860

Re: grub converted GPT win 7 ssd to MBR on UEFI system - help!

So when I removed the Mint SSD and replaced the native win 7 SSD (that's never met Linux before), grub was on the storage drive and must have done something to mess with that win 7 SSD. Grub could not have changed any partitioning scheme on the Windows SSD you put in afterwards -- literally can't (...
by gold_finger
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: grub converted GPT win 7 ssd to MBR on UEFI system - help!
Replies: 13
Views: 860

Re: grub converted GPT win 7 ssd to MBR on UEFI system - help!

Grub seems to have messed with the win 7 drive and converted it from GPT to MBR somehow. I thought you removed the Win7 drive to insert the Mint drive? Or are you talking about the data drive that was left in computer while Mint drive was installed? Also, I'm now confused because I don't know wheth...
by gold_finger
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: grub converted GPT win 7 ssd to MBR on UEFI system - help!
Replies: 13
Views: 860

Re: grub converted GPT win 7 ssd to MBR on UEFI system - help!

Your computer probably has UEFI firmware which can boot in either UEFI mode or Legacy mode. Sounds like somehow the boot mode got changed to UEFI when you were messing with Mint drive in computer. All you probably need to do is go into UEFI Settings on startup and change the boot mode to Legacy/CSM/...
by gold_finger
Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Solved. New Dual OS installation, both inaccessible
Replies: 11
Views: 752

Re: New Duel OS installation, both inaccessible

If you want to try re-installing Mint in UEFI mode, have a look at this tutorial: Installing Mint on a Windows 8/8.1/10 Computer . If you'd feel more comfortable having us take a look at current state of hard drive before you attempt install again, boot computer with your Mint DVD, open GParted prog...

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