No Dual Boot?

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No Dual Boot?

Postby elchucko » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:23 pm

I'm using W7 and have installed Linux Mint 13 (Cinnamon). When I boot the PC it boots to W7 there is no option to select LM 13. Can you assist? Thank you

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Re: No Dual Boot?

Postby Fornhamfred » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:34 pm

Hi

Please open a terminal and paste in the following and list out the output for us.

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sudo fdisk -l

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Re: No Dual Boot?

Postby elchucko » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:38 pm

Hi, Since I can't boot LM7 how do I open a Terminal? Thank you

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Re: No Dual Boot?

Postby turboscrew » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:52 pm

Live.CD?

Basically, I'd advice you to install Grub onto the root partition, and use EasyBCD (community edition) to add Linux to the Windows
boot menu. If you get disk problems, Windows-tools typically expect to finf Windows boot on MBR. By using
Windows boot loader as the primary boot, both Linux and Windows tool are usable.

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Re: No Dual Boot?

Postby elchucko » Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:39 pm

OK when I use EasyBCD it only showed W7 as a boot-able OS.

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Re: No Dual Boot?

Postby Fornhamfred » Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:15 pm

use a live cd and gparted to check what partitions have been created.

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Re: No Dual Boot?

Postby arealvel » Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:07 pm

See if your Windows installation has an EFI partition (you can see it with the Management Disk in Windows or also from a terminal in Windows with admin permisions using the command Diskpart).

If this is the case you have to reinstall Mint in EFI mode.

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Re: No Dual Boot?

Postby turboscrew » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:32 am

If Windows 7 boot is found, I would guess it's not EFI.
Now do you have Linux boot loader installed? If then where? EFI or conventional?
If you install grub onto the MBR, possible Windows boot fixes probably overwrite it. It's a good idea to install it in the beginning of Linux root partition.
Then you should be able to add (or rather chain) the Grub2 to Windows boot with EasyBCD.


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