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Dualboot W7 Mint; can't boot Mint anymore

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:08 pm
by andreazZz
Hi,
This afternoon I finally installed W7 to my dekstop (for gaming purposes only ;) ). After the long way of installing I finally have W7 installed. But now I can't boot Mint anymore! Can someone please help me a little to make a dualboot in Windows 7? I can only find guides that describe how to make a dualboot in Mint, after installing Windows.

Can someone please help me?

Andreas

Re: Dualboot W7 Mint; can't boot Mint anymore

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:32 pm
by kc1di
Hi andreazZz and welcome to Mint forums,

I would go here : https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair
down load boot-repair and run it to reinstall grub which will boot either window 7 or Mint.

You may also want to look at Easy BCD at http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/

But grub will work fine.

Cheers

Re: Dualboot W7 Mint; can't boot Mint anymore

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:16 am
by andreazZz
Thanks! This afternoon when I have time I'm going to look.
But I can't boot W7 and Linux as you say?

Re: Dualboot W7 Mint; can't boot Mint anymore

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:42 am
by kc1di
andreazZz wrote:Thanks! This afternoon when I have time I'm going to look.
But I can't boot W7 and Linux as you say?
I'm not sure what your saying about not being able to bot W7 and Linux. if you mean at the same time no your right you can't. You either have to choose one or the other.
you can run windows on a linux platform with Virtual machine.
you can also run linux in a VM on a Windows machine.

But if your talking about daul booting it is easy and is done on many thousand machine every day. including 3 here.

let me know if you need further help. but boot repair will set up the daul boot for you.
Cheers!

Re: Dualboot W7 Mint; can't boot Mint anymore

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:26 am
by andreazZz
Thanks! I really appreciate your help! I actually didn't mean a boot of Linux in W7, but a dual boot (as you probably assumed). I'm going to try the boot repair on the ubuntu forum, right after I finished to get my scanner working in W7 :x .

Thanks for your help so far!

Andreas

Re: Dualboot W7 Mint; can't boot Mint anymore

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:21 am
by andreazZz
Mmm, it's kinda weird. I can view the other partitions in Disk Management, but when I right-click on them, the only option is to delete the partition. I can't find how I should fix this. Does someone know how to fix this?

Thanks in advance.

Andreas

Re: Dualboot W7 Mint; can't boot Mint anymore

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:08 am
by kc1di
andreazZz wrote:Mmm, it's kinda weird. I can view the other partitions in Disk Management, but when I right-click on them, the only option is to delete the partition. I can't find how I should fix this. Does someone know how to fix this?

Thanks in advance.

Andreas
Hi again Andreas.
This is a seperate issue and you should start a new thread that way you more likely get a quicker response.
Good luck,

Re: Dualboot W7 Mint; can't boot Mint anymore

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:19 am
by HughT
hi Andreas, try this from a live CD or USB

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sudo mount /dev/sdXY /mnt
replace X and Y with the appropriate drive and partition for Mint boot.

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sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sdX
note - there's a gap between =/mnt and /dev, and no partition number after sdX. It will re-install Mint's grub back to the mbr, which was over-written by the Windows installation.
regards

Re: Dualboot W7 Mint; can't boot Mint anymore

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:18 pm
by mahadevbk
hi Andrea,
live boot using "system rescue cd" with the option to boot to an existing linux system on the hard drive.
Once you are in mint, install grub or burg.
hope this helps.

Re: Dualboot W7 Mint; can't boot Mint anymore

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:20 pm
by andreazZz
Thank you very much for your help! I think I'm going to try it tomorrow, or I should get a cup of coffee first :): a bit tired at the moment :( .
Thanks again!