Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 laptop

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Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 laptop

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This is my first time experience with any Linux OS. I am trying to dual boot linux Mint to my Toshiba Satellite Win 8.1 laptop(64 bit). I searched google on how to dual boot linux mint and below are the steps I have done so far:
1. Created a manual partition in my Win 8 laptop.
2. Downloaded linuxmint-17.1-cinnamon-64bit iso file via torrent. I have burnt the iso file to my USB memory stick using unetbootin tool(unetbootin-windows-608).
2. As suggested I have disabled secure boot and my Boot mode is set as UEFI by default.

Now when i reboot i do get the below 2 options :
1. Start Linux Mint
2. Start Linux Mint with compatibility mode

Either option I choose gives me a blank screen and nothing much. I am not sure what is the issue and how to proceed further.

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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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On checking the article I can confirm the below points
1. Fast Boot is disabled in my WIndows 8
2. Secure Boot is disabled
3. Currently Boot Mode is set to UEFI Mode

On rebooting I do get the below 2 options in the grub menu:

Start Linux Mint
Start Linux Mint with compatibility mode

Either options i get a Blank screen instead of Linux Mint Home Screen.

When I change the Boot Mode from UEFI mode to CSM Mode and selecting any of the options from grub menu gives me Linux Mint home screen.But the problem is every other time i need to log into windows OS I get an error and i need to change the Boot Mode back to UEFI mode. Does this means linux mint is not supported by my laptop ?

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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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What are your hardware specs?
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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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Below are my Laptops specs:

Manufacturer: TOSHIBA
Model: Satellite P55t-A5116
Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 - 4200U CPU @ 1.60GHz 2.30GHz
RAM: 8 GB
Graphics: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family

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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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If you are getting a screen with a menu and two options, it means you successfully booted UEFI.

The 4200U graphics are supported by the 3.13 kernel so you should be able to boot graphically.


Two suggestions:

1. Try checking the md5 sum on the iso download

2. Try using a different USB creation tool like Rufus. Unetbootin can be flaky.
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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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1. I never download iso files from torrent, so for now I recomends you to download from linux mint official

2. Try to install with other multiboot creator, you can try rufus or YUMI (I use both, and no problem so far)

3. Good luck :)

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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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I checked the md5sum value and it matches properly.

I used Rufus this time and i still end up getting blank screen post selection from grub menu :cry:

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sachinjois wrote:I checked the md5sum value and it matches properly.

I used Rufus this time and i still end up getting blank screen post selection from grub menu :cry:
Is this the screen you get to:

http://www.bytelinux.com/wp-content/upl ... -53-37.png

or this


http://www.tecmint.com/wp-content/uploa ... 00x450.png
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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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The first screenshot is what i get i.e as below :

http://www.bytelinux.com/wp-content/upl ... -53-37.png

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Post by mr_raider »

Looks like you successfully boot the uefi mode, buy your graphics are failing.

Try pressing e to edit the boot loader. Then append the word "nomodeset" at the end of the line.

Pressing Esc during boot should show you a text output.
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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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Hi,
I tried what you have mentioned and i have attached images of the same but i still end up getting a blank screen :(

1. The initial GNU Grup screen menu. Moved the cursor to the first option i.e Start Linux Mint 17.1
2. I pressed e to edit the boot loader and appended the word "nomodeset" at the end of the line. If i press Esc it discards my changes and goes to the previous screen i.e GNU Grub menu. I had to press F10 to boot.
3. I end up getting Blank screen

I have attached the screenshots for reference
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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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I came here looking for help with the same problem. I've tried all the suggestions in this thread with the same results.

Specs:

HP 2-in-1 x360 13-a110dx

Core i3-5010U
Intel HD Graphics 5500
8GB Ram
Samsung 850 EVO SSD

I've tried booting from usb with UEFI, Legacy mode, secure boot on and off, etc. I've tried Rufus and Windows Disk Imager to create bootable usb drives. Nothing has worked so far. With UEFI I get the black screen, with Legacy Mode I get a grey screen with a blinking cursor at the left. This problem occurs with all versions of linux, not just Mint.

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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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That's an interesting question try using an Ubuntu based version with the latest kernel: i.e. try Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (or Kubuntu). Also you can try 15.04 based Ubuntu. They use newer kernels and graphics stacks.

The fact that you hang at the graphical environment in both EFI and legacy mode suggests there is a hardware recognition problem.

If the problem persists try posting it in the Ubuntu or Kubuntu forums. There may be other people who can help you since the audience is larger.
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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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Ok try something different:

USe refind


http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/getting.html



This is an all purpose graphical UEFI boot tool. Follow the instructions to create a Refind boot USB key or ISO CD and see if you can just get to the refind screen.
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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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GRUB is much more mature than it was when I forked rEFInd, so I doubt if rEFInd will help. That said, testing rEFInd using a CD-R or USB flash drive is easy enough and is essentially risk-free and so is worth doing.

What I'd try is editing the boot options (as in one of the screen shots shown earlier) and remove the "quiet splash" option. This will cause a more verbose boot than the default, which may yield error messages that will be diagnostic of the problem. If the screen remains completely blank after making this change, then that points to a GRUB problem, which makes trying rEFInd (or some other EFI boot loader) more worthwhile.

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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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Removing Quiet Splash from the grub config while booting in EFI mode (with or without secure boot on) gives me the same black screen as before.

Removing Quiet Splash from the grub config while booting in Legacy mode gives me some status messages. Here is what the screen looks like when it stops booting:
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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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mr_raider wrote:That's an interesting question try using an Ubuntu based version with the latest kernel: i.e. try Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (or Kubuntu). Also you can try 15.04 based Ubuntu. They use newer kernels and graphics stacks.
I have exactly the same problem - blank screens. MD5 sum checks, I've tried making a boot USB stick using both USB3 port and USB2 port.
I've used Rufus 2.1 to create the USB stick.
Any version of Ubuntu after 13.04 just works on my UEFI Secure boot machine. So why doesn't Linux Mint?
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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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As suggested i removed "Quiet Splash" option from the edit menu but on booting i get a blank screen only.

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Re: Facing Boot problem with Linux mint 17.1 in my Win 8 lap

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sachinjois wrote:As suggested i removed "Quiet Splash" option from the edit menu but on booting i get a blank screen only.
Can you boot to a Linux desktop in legacy (CSM) mode? Not just the menu, but a functioning desktop?

Did you try an Ubuntu version? This really looks like a hardware problem.


FWIW, I have an HP 820 Elitebook with 4200U CPU and Intel Haswell graphics also. I can boot Mint 17.1 from a live USB both in legacy and EFI mode.


Just a stupid question, boot CD boots are slow, did you give it enough time and see if the blank screen eventually clears?
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