Installed LinuxMint 13, but no option to boot after restart

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Installed LinuxMint 13, but no option to boot after restart

Postby LordOnto » Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:17 pm

Hello,

This is my first time trying to use Linux.

I recently tried out the live DVD version of mint 13 (64 bit cinnamon i believe, on a Samsung laptop) and really enjoyed it. So much so that I Decided to permanently install it. However, after what I thought was a clean install (the partition worked I am pretty sure) I do not have the ability to choose operating systems when I boot my laptop. I was following the user guide for mint 13 and I am pretty sure I did not miss any steps... the manual said that after ejecting the live DVD and pressing enter, the system should restart and you should get a black screen where you can choose which OS to start, which I do not get (it just boots windows as usual).

I changed my bios settings to load from DVD in order to load the live DVD so I am not sure if that has anything to do with it. Another thing, when I press F2 while restarting the laptop I can go to an option where theoretically you can switch OS. However, only Windows 7 is there...

The partition seems to exist which is why I am confused why my computer is not recognizing that there is a new OS on my system.

Help please thanks!!

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Re: Installed LinuxMint 13, but no option to boot after rest

Postby AlbertP » Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:28 pm

Did you do manual partitioning? In that case, where did you put the Linux bootloader? I know it's confusing, you should have put it on /dev/sda, instead of just on the Linux partition. Also, I presume this is a UEFI based system?
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Re: Installed LinuxMint 13, but no option to boot after rest

Postby LordOnto » Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:30 pm

I chose the option Boot Alongside Windows 7 and I was under the impression that the partioning was done for me. All I really did was drag a slide over to select how much space to allocate to Mint. I don't think I placed a bootloader anywhere...

As for uefi, I don't know I am a n00b :cry:

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Re: Installed LinuxMint 13, but no option to boot after rest

Postby AlbertP » Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:43 pm

Then it should be ok. What type of laptop do you have?
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Re: Installed LinuxMint 13, but no option to boot after rest

Postby LordOnto » Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:00 pm

Samsung series 7 chronos

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Re: Installed LinuxMint 13, but no option to boot after rest

Postby LordOnto » Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:43 pm

Two other things I noticed that may be of some help... when following the guide it hinted that I should only have 1-2 partitions, however I had 4 (5 now after installing Mint). Interestingly enough, none of them is the same size as what I told the installer to allocate. Anyway, the partitions say (system, active, primary partition), (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition), and the two smaller ones say (recovery partition). I noticed the my disc space on windows has decreased after I added the additional partition for Mint so I think the installation "worked", it just won't give me the option to boot.

Perhaps I should delete the partition I had the installer make (if that is possible & easy to do) and try to reinstall it? Then again, I don't think I can see the Mint partition from the Windows partition formatter... :shock: :shock: :shock:

EDIT: Also in order to set my boot order in the BIOS menu I pressed F2 to enter BIOS. After installing MINT when I press F2 during boot it only takes me to the advanced boot settings which is a different page (pressed 'delete' during boot to get their prior to Mint installation). I don't know if that has anything to do with anything but it sure is strange

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Re: Installed LinuxMint 13, but no option to boot after rest

Postby AlbertP » Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:29 am

That's strange. There are some reports of Samsung Series 7 Chronos problems, but it's mostly about AMD graphics, battery life, and the touchpad. Samsung seems to have a sane UEFI implementation which lets you dual-boot easily. I think you just need to install Linux again.
Linux partitions are visible in Windows's Drive Manager but cannot be read: they don't show up in Computer. But I recommend to use the GParted program from the Mint disc for your partitioning as Windows partitioning programs might mess up the bootloader if you have Linux installed.
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