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I've tried EVERYTHING that everyone has suggested about grub and the grub-repair and all that. I just don't know what to do.
I have tried all of these tips:
http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2012/06/06/ho ... windows-7/
One last thing, I tried selecting "boot from local drive" in the Unet boot thing and it booted a text-only interface. I could use some commands like ls and I could even touch files, but nano was unrecognized, as well as a lot of other commands. What's going on???
I'm about ready to give up. I like doing linux scripts but it's no wonder Windows is so widely used over Linux. It's a freakin' nightmare trying to install the damn thing.
If you already installed LM13 KDE on hard disk, and you cannot boot from hard drive, then it pointed towards some kind of boot loader issue , or, perhaps even hard disk format issue ( dynamic volume, raid, etc)I can get it installed into a partition but I can't figure out how to boot from the harddrive so I can boot my installed version of LM13, and not the test USB version.
Lets see which is the issue, you can try the following steps to figure some more
1. boot laptop from Live DVD or Live USB
2. open a terminal ( hopefully you are OK to use a terminal )
type these command and post their output, this is to check hard disk format and some infos.
sudo fdisk -l
sudo parted -l print
that is for now, more help after looking at terminal output.
My laptop (which is booted into the USB linux right now) isn't connecting to the internet for some reason...
How can I get my results here?
Edit: Right off the bat, here's something that sounds strange. The first line after I do fdisk -l is:
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WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on 'dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.
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WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted. Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders, total 1465149168 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes Disk identifier: 0xa415c259 Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 1 1465149167 732574583+ ee GPT Partition 1 does not start on physical sector boundary. Disk /dev/sdb: 4009 MB, 4009754624 bytes 93 heads, 8 sectors/track, 10526 cylinders, total 7831552 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0xc3072e18 Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sdb1 * 8 7831551 3915772 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
sudo parted -l print:
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Model: ATA Hitachi HTS54757 (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 750GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B Partition Table: gpt Number Start End Size File system Name Flags 1 1049kB 211MB 210MB fat32 EFI system partition boot 2 211MB 345MB 134MB Microsoft reserved partition msftres 3 345MB 300GB 300GB ntfs Basic data partition 4 300GB 512GB 212GB ntfs Basic data partition 6 512GB 512GB 1000kB bios_grub 7 512GB 717GB 205GB ext4 8 717GB 723GB 6321MB linux-swap(v1) 5 723GB 750GB 26.8GB ntfs Basic data partition hidden, diag Model: SMI USB DISK (scsi) Disk /dev/sdb: 4010MB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B Partition Table: msdos Number Start End Size Type File system Flags 1 4096B 4010MB 4010MB primary fat32 boot, lba
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/dev/sda3:Windows 7 (loader):Windows:chain /dev/sda5:Windows Recovery Environment (loader):Windows1:chain /dev/sda7:Linux Mint 13 Maya (13):LinuxMint:linux
and thus you will have some steeper hill to climb,, too bad.
I do not run Linux on any GPT formatted hard disk, I simply avoid GPT since the basic format (MSDOS) works well with hard disk size less than 2TB (editted.. sorry)
You probably have generally two ways around
1. convert GPT to MSDOS,, well, that means lots of work to back up win7 OS, and data,
then reformat the hard disk to MSDOS, reinstall win7, copy backup data,
then you are going to be able to handle many (really many ) Linux OSes.
2. stay with GPT, need some work :
google GPT in this forum, and check how to handle boot loader on GPT hard disk.
a steeper learning curve.
OrphenFire wrote:I just bought this laptop for college a few days ago. There isn't anything on it. So it won't be a problem remove Windows 7 (no files on here yet).
I have several win7 original CD, so I do not have any problem installing win7 onto computers or laptop.
In your case, you must have Win7 original CD!!,
many laptop manufacturers stop providing Win7 CD just few months after Win7 introduction.
Make sure you either have original Win7 CD, or if you do not have, then use your laptop's manufacturer's utility to create system images onto DVD ( usually 3-4 DVD) plus all drivers. Once you have either of these done, you are in a better position to reformate your hard disk to old msdos format, reinstall win7, recreate partitions ( for enjoyment of linux os ) in multiboot environment.
Since your win7 is running well.
and you can actually installed Linux OS in a partition.
Your issue is just try to boot the Linux OS installed in a partition..
Now, let try to use Win7 or windows version of boot manager/boot loader.
Run from win7
google easybcd, that is a nice software by NeoSmart.
or just use this link http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS- ... yBCD.shtml
then, download easybcd, install on Win7,
read their FAQ or manual.
After installing easybcd, add entry of grub2 onto easybcd, this would be used to boot your Linux OS upon rebooting laptop.
upon reboot, you should see two lines from the windows OS's boot menu.
first one is Win7 line
second is neosmart, or grub2, or whatever you have typed in when you add grub2 entry.
select this second line, hopefully it boots up Linux OS..
From your earlier info:OrphenFire wrote:Which partition do you think I should set it to boot? I tried 6 (the one with the grub bios flag) and it failed.
/dev/sda7:Linux Mint 13 Maya (13):LinuxMint:linux
Your mint 13 was installed on /dev/sda7
thus you should select /dev/sda7 or partition 7 of first disk, for booting LM13
just in case your method of adding entry is difference,
this is how i add entry:
Once inside Windows 7,
click "Add Entry,"
select Linux/BSD tab
on name, type what you want, such as LM13
on type, select Grub2
on Drive, select your partition Drive 0, partition 7
then click Add Entry
you should be done.
reboot , select LM13.. hope for the best..
if you still cannot boot LM13 ..
then, read some of those post on UEFI boot, GPT boot etc. I have no experience on GPT but these links explain how people solve them
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/23838 ... -with-home
don't give up
Does it boot up Windows instead of something else?
Most of the time, the mistake is in the install process in which the user will choose installing Grub to a particular partition but maybe not the appropriate one. You have choices as far as I know of either your root partition or the MBR. Usually, the MBR is what you'd choose.
For e.g., say, your laptop drive shows 'sda' when you look at it from the gparted progarm. Windows -> sda1 .... anything else, sda2 and so on... so, if you installed Mint in sda7, you need to re-install grub to the MBR. If you have other Linux partitions and you want grub installed in another partition, then you have to do more configuring so that grub 'detects' the other operating systems.
Edit: You might try googling restore / repair grub 2 (to MBR) before re-installing. You might not have to re-install the OS.
Anyway, if I have any error in that explanation, I am pretty sure the gist of it is accurate enough.
The solution was as wayne said. I formatted the entire hd to MBR and now I have a dedicated LM13kde machine. No windows at all (hehe So now I have another problem. Wireless isn't working.
I think I might need to connect via ethernet and then run an update of the wireless drivers??
Any additional help would be greatly appreciated.