Problem pointing grub to the correct distro

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Problem pointing grub to the correct distro

Postby nick6196 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:29 pm

I am trying to put Linux Mint onto a PC which already dual boots Windows XP and Ubuntu. The Windows C drive is sdc1 and on the same drive there is an Ubuntu partition (sdc2) and a swap partition. I am trying to switch from Ubuntu to Linux Mint so I have installed Linux Mint onto a primary partition on one of the other hard drives (sda1). The Linux Mint menu.lst file has identified all three operating systems and listed them correctly but unfortunately it is not being used during boot. When I boot the computer, it is the Ubuntu menu.lst file which is used to create the grub menu and that does not have an option for Linux Mint on it.

How should I get grub working from the Linux Mint installation. Do I need to use fixMBR from the Windows recovery console to overwrite the Ubuntu grub menu and then attempt to reinstall grub from the Linux Mint live cd?

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Re: Problem pointing grub to the correct distro

Postby SleepyJohn » Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:10 pm

I think this is a simple matter of booting into Ubuntu then telling grub which partition to look on for the boot menu. I did it recently with different partitions on the same drive when I had a similar problem but have not tried it with different drives, so I suggest you wait for someone more experienced to respond. If they don't I will give you my two pence worth with no guarantees.
The other option I think is to manually add Mint to the Ubuntu boot menu.
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Re: Problem pointing grub to the correct distro

Postby linuxviolin » Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:50 pm

The simplest solution is to copy and paste the lines about Mint in menu.lst from Mint to Ubuntu. Just simple.

If you want change your Grub to the Mint Grub you can follow the indications of this page for that.
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Re: Problem pointing grub to the correct distro

Postby ArtHLM » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:49 pm

Firstly Linux Mint 6 Felicia,
then Linux Vector -
and finaly when I finished installing Win Xp Linux Vector either Mint won`t boot
nothing apart of selfish windows xp...
Live Cd Mint in terminal shows about 9

mint mint # fdisk -l
omitting empty partition (5)

Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xf0fbf0fb

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 366 2939863+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 367 4864 36130185 5 Extended
/dev/sda3 * 1216 2432 9765472+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda5 367 1172 6474132 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 1173 1215 345366 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 2432 4864 19539040+ 83 Linux
mint mint #


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grub> find /boot/grub/stage1

No idea where to go to set "boot menu list"

Any ideas welcome

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Re: Problem pointing grub to the correct distro

Postby ArtHLM » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:54 pm

When trying re-instal Linux Mint Gpard can`t see all partitions just one 40 g (thats all I got:)

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