Linux Mint 15 boots to GRUB prompt on W7 install (Solved)

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Linux Mint 15 boots to GRUB prompt on W7 install (Solved)

Post by EmergencySalad »

Hi, I am quite new to Linux, and I am having some trouble with getting my x64 LM15 to run on my Windows 7 dual-boot.

From what I know, the initial installation of the x64 Olivia worked fine, but rebooted to W7 immediately. I then added Olivia to the Windows boot menu through EasyBCD (the program recognized it on my 95 GB partition just fine) and rebooted. Linux Mint showed up, but upon selecting it, it booted to a GRUB command line interface with 'grub4dos' on the top left corner. I've tried reinstalling GRUB2 through a chroot to my installation, but to no avail; it still boots to the command line, and I cannot get it to boot past that. The liveUSB I've been using works perfectly fine, with no errors to my knowledge.

If it helps in any way whatsoever, my system has no RAID system utilized.

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 System:    Host: mint Kernel: 3.8.0-19-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.7.3) Desktop: Gnome Distro: Linux Mint 15 Olivia
Machine:   System: Hewlett-Packard product: h8-1114 version: 2.00
           Mobo: PEGATRON model: 2AC2 version: 2.00 Bios: AMI version: 7.14 date: 08/11/2011
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i5-2400 CPU (-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 24745.9 
           Clock Speeds: 1: 1600.00 MHz 2: 1600.00 MHz 3: 1600.00 MHz 4: 1600.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA GF119 [GeForce GT 520] bus-ID: 01:00.0 
           X.Org: 1.13.3 drivers: (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) FAILED: nouveau Resolution: 1920x1200@60.0hz 
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on NVD9 GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 9.1.1 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1: Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Card-2: NVIDIA GF119 HDMI Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.8.0-19-generic
Network:   Card-1: Broadcom BCM43225 802.11b/g/n driver: bcma-pci-bridge bus-ID: 05:00.0
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller 
           driver: r8169 ver: 2.3LK-NAPI port: d000 bus-ID: 06:00.0
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1004.2GB (0.1% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: Hitachi_HDS72101 size: 1000.2GB temp: 28C 
           2: USB id: /dev/sdf model: USB_Flash_Disk size: 4.0GB temp: 0C 
Partition: ID: / size: 3.9G used: 72M (2%) fs: overlayfs ID: swap-1 size: 8.57GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap 
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 31.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 42.0 
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A 
Info:      Processes: 169 Uptime: 24 min Memory: 732.0/7969.2MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.7.3 Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4 
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Re: Linux Mint 15 boots to GRUB command line on W7 dual inst

Post by stratus_ss »

What exactly does "boot to the command line" mean? Do you mean a grub prompt, or you get your regular login, but the X Window System does not start?

Can you post your /var/log/boot.log, and your grub.cfg files?
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Re: Linux Mint 15 boots to GRUB command line on W7 dual inst

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Re: Linux Mint 15 boots to GRUB command line on W7 dual inst

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What I mean is just the GRUB prompt, I don't see any part of the regular log in.

boot.log:

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 stdin: Not a typewriter
/init: line 7: can't open /dev/sr0: No medium found
/init: line 7: can't open /dev/sr0: No medium found
stdin: Not a typewriter
/init: line 7: can't open /dev/sdb: No medium found
/init: line 7: can't open /dev/sdb: No medium found
/init: line 7: can't open /dev/sdc: No medium found
/init: line 7: can't open /dev/sdc: No medium found
/init: line 7: can't open /dev/sdd: No medium found
/init: line 7: can't open /dev/sdd: No medium found
/init: line 7: can't open /dev/sde: No medium found
/init: line 7: can't open /dev/sde: No medium found
Generating locales...
  en_US.UTF-8... done
Generation complete.
ln: /root/usr/lib/update-notifier/apt-check: No such file or directory
ln: /root/usr/lib/ubuntu-release-upgrader/check-new-release: No such file or directory
ln: /root/usr/lib/ubuntu-release-upgrader/check-new-release-gtk: No such file or directory
grep: /root/etc/default/apport: No such file or directory
Using CD-ROM mount point /cdrom/
Identifying.. [b0078c56c39871ce4918c7cd2cf21cd7-2]
Scanning disc for index files..
Found 0 package indexes, 0 source indexes, 0 translation indexes and 0 signatures
E: Unable to locate any package files, perhaps this is not a Debian Disc or the wrong architecture?
Adding 'diversion of /usr/bin/bluetooth-applet to /usr/bin/bluetooth-applet.orig by casper'
 * Starting configure network device security[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting mDNS/DNS-SD daemon[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting Uncomplicated firewall[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting Reload cups, upon starting avahi-daemon to make sure remote queues are populated[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting bluetooth daemon[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting Mount network filesystems[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting Failsafe Boot Delay[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting Reload cups, upon starting avahi-daemon to make sure remote queues are populated[234G[[31mfail[39;49m]
 * Stopping Mount network filesystems[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting Bridge socket events into upstart[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting configure network device security[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting configure network device[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting SMB/CIFS File Server[234G[ OK ]
 * Stopping Failsafe Boot Delay[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting System V initialisation compatibility[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting set sysctls from /etc/sysctl.conf[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting configure network device security[234G[ OK ]
 * Stopping set sysctls from /etc/sysctl.conf[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting configure network device[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting modem connection manager[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting configure network device[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting configure network device security[234G[ OK ]
 [33m*[39;49m VirtualBox Additions disabled, not in a Virtual Machine
 * Starting network connection manager[234G[ OK ]
 * Setting sensors limits       [240G 
[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting CUPS printing spooler/server[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting cups-browsed - Bonjour remote printer browsing daemon[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting Samba Auto-reload Integration[234G[ OK ]
 * Stopping Samba Auto-reload Integration[234G[ OK ]
 * Stopping System V initialisation compatibility[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting System V runlevel compatibility[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting [234G[ OK ]
 * Starting [234G[ OK ]
 * Starting regular background program processing daemon[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting ACPI daemon[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting [234G[ OK ]
 * Starting [234G[ OK ]
 * Starting save kernel messages[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting [234G[ OK ]
 * Starting Ubuntu live CD installer[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting configure network device security[234G[ OK ]
 * Stopping anac(h)ronistic cron[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting [234G[ OK ]
 * Starting CPU interrupts balancing daemon[234G[ OK ]
 * Stopping Ubuntu live CD installer[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting MDM Display Manager[234G[ OK ]
 * Starting configure virtual network devices[234G[ OK ]
speech-dispatcher disabled; edit /etc/default/speech-dispatcher
 [33m*[39;49m VirtualBox Additions disabled, not in a Virtual Machine
Rather than invoking init scripts through /etc/init.d, use the service(8)
utility, e.g. service S30mdm start
initctl: Unknown job: S30mdm

Since the script you are attempting to invoke has been converted to an
Upstart job, you may also use the start(8) utility, e.g. start S30mdm
 * Stopping save kernel messages[234G[ OK ]
saned disabled; edit /etc/default/saned 

grub.cfg:

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#
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
#
# It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
#

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
  set have_grubenv=true
  load_env
fi
set default="0"

if [ x"${feature_menuentry_id}" = xy ]; then
  menuentry_id_option="--id"
else
  menuentry_id_option=""
fi

export menuentry_id_option

if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
  set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
  save_env saved_entry
  set prev_saved_entry=
  save_env prev_saved_entry
  set boot_once=true
fi

function savedefault {
  if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
    saved_entry="${chosen}"
    save_env saved_entry
  fi
}

function recordfail {
  set recordfail=1
  if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
}

function load_video {
  if [ x$feature_all_video_module = xy ]; then
    insmod all_video
  else
    insmod efi_gop
    insmod efi_uga
    insmod ieee1275_fb
    insmod vbe
    insmod vga
    insmod video_bochs
    insmod video_cirrus
  fi
}

if [ x$feature_default_font_path = xy ] ; then
   font=unicode
else
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos5'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos5 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos5  a34f3f9f-f0cd-46b3-845c-390d8dbbbecd
else
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root a34f3f9f-f0cd-46b3-845c-390d8dbbbecd
fi
    font="/usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2"
fi

if loadfont $font ; then
  set gfxmode=auto
  load_video
  insmod gfxterm
  set locale_dir=$prefix/locale
  set lang=en_US
  insmod gettext
fi
terminal_output gfxterm
if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ]; then
  set timeout=-1
else
  set timeout=10
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
set menu_color_normal=cyan/blue
set menu_color_highlight=white/blue
### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/06_mint_theme ###
set menu_color_normal=white/black
set menu_color_highlight=white/light-gray
### END /etc/grub.d/06_mint_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
function gfxmode {
	set gfxpayload="$1"
	if [ "$1" = "keep" ]; then
		set vt_handoff=vt.handoff=7
	else
		set vt_handoff=
	fi
}
if [ ${recordfail} != 1 ]; then
  if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
    if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
      if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
        set linux_gfx_mode=keep
      else
        set linux_gfx_mode=text
      fi
    else
      set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
  else
    set linux_gfx_mode=keep
  fi
else
  set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
export linux_gfx_mode
if [ "$linux_gfx_mode" != "text" ]; then load_video; fi
menuentry 'Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon 64-bit, 3.8.0-19-generic (/dev/sda5)' --class linuxmint --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
	recordfail
	gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
	insmod gzio
	insmod part_msdos
	insmod ext2
	set root='hd0,msdos5'
	if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos5 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos5  a34f3f9f-f0cd-46b3-845c-390d8dbbbecd
	else
	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root a34f3f9f-f0cd-46b3-845c-390d8dbbbecd
	fi
	linux	/boot/vmlinuz-3.8.0-19-generic root=UUID=a34f3f9f-f0cd-46b3-845c-390d8dbbbecd ro   quiet splash $vt_handoff
	initrd	/boot/initrd.img-3.8.0-19-generic
}
menuentry 'Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon 64-bit, 3.8.0-19-generic (/dev/sda5) -- recovery mode' --class linuxmint --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
	recordfail
	insmod gzio
	insmod part_msdos
	insmod ext2
	set root='hd0,msdos5'
	if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos5 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos5  a34f3f9f-f0cd-46b3-845c-390d8dbbbecd
	else
	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root a34f3f9f-f0cd-46b3-845c-390d8dbbbecd
	fi
	echo	'Loading Linux 3.8.0-19-generic ...'
	linux	/boot/vmlinuz-3.8.0-19-generic root=UUID=a34f3f9f-f0cd-46b3-845c-390d8dbbbecd ro recovery nomodeset 
	echo	'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
	initrd	/boot/initrd.img-3.8.0-19-generic
}
### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_lupin ###
### END /etc/grub.d/10_lupin ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###

### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry 'Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)' --class windows --class os $menuentry_id_option 'osprober-chain-D4481BD7481BB768' {
	insmod part_msdos
	insmod ntfs
	set root='hd0,msdos1'
	if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos1 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos1 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos1  D4481BD7481BB768
	else
	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root D4481BD7481BB768
	fi
	chainloader +1
}
menuentry 'Windows Recovery Environment (loader) (on /dev/sda4)' --class windows --class os $menuentry_id_option 'osprober-chain-50262C18262C0218' {
	insmod part_msdos
	insmod ntfs
	set root='hd0,msdos4'
	if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos4 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos4 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos4  50262C18262C0218
	else
	  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 50262C18262C0218
	fi
	drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
	chainloader +1
}
### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_uefi-firmware ###
### END /etc/grub.d/30_uefi-firmware ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
# This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries.  Simply type the
# menu entries you want to add after this comment.  Be careful not to change
# the 'exec tail' line above.
### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
if [ -f  ${config_directory}/custom.cfg ]; then
  source ${config_directory}/custom.cfg
elif [ -z "${config_directory}" -a -f  $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
  source $prefix/custom.cfg;
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ### 
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Re: Linux Mint 15 boots to GRUB prompt on W7 dual install

Post by stratus_ss »

Can you also post your fstab as well as the output from:

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ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid/
Also I need the boot.log from the actual environment. The one you posted looks to be for the live cd. You will need to mount your root partition in the live environment to extract this.

Thanks
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Re: Linux Mint 15 boots to GRUB prompt on W7 dual install

Post by NuxNubkins »

When I'd have this happen, my Windows MBR somehow had gotten broken, so GRUB didn't know where LM was relative to Windows or something. I used Windows Recovery Console to issue

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bootrec /fixmbr
then I used a LM Live DVD to fix Grub.
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Re: Linux Mint 15 boots to GRUB prompt on W7 dual install

Post by EmergencySalad »

When I mount my root partition, there's no boot.log underneath the /var/log directory. I have a file named just 'boot' that has no contents besides: "(Nothing has been logged yet.)"

fstab:

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# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
# / was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=a34f3f9f-f0cd-46b3-845c-390d8dbbbecd /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
# /home was on /dev/sda7 during installation
UUID=736fefbf-bf73-4dbe-87e0-c8f3a3b4b620 /home           ext4    defaults        0       2
# swap was on /dev/sda6 during installation
UUID=86e221c7-1cfd-459a-b1e2-b018536c90b4 none            swap    sw              0       0

/dev/disk/by-uuid/:

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mint@mint ~ $ ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid/
total 0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Nov 26 15:41 1AFB-3B29 -> ../../sdf1
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Nov 26 15:41 50262C18262C0218 -> ../../sda4
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Nov 26 15:41 736fefbf-bf73-4dbe-87e0-c8f3a3b4b620 -> ../../sda7
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Nov 26 15:41 86e221c7-1cfd-459a-b1e2-b018536c90b4 -> ../../sda6
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Nov 26 15:41 a34f3f9f-f0cd-46b3-845c-390d8dbbbecd -> ../../sda5
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Nov 26 15:41 D4481BD7481BB768 -> ../../sda1
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Nov 26 20:46 F0CA37B5CA3776C6 -> ../../sda2
mint@mint ~ $ 
NuxNubkins wrote:When I'd have this happen, my Windows MBR somehow had gotten broken, so GRUB didn't know where LM was relative to Windows or something. I used Windows Recovery Console to issue

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bootrec /fixmbr
then I used a LM Live DVD to fix Grub.
I'll give this a try; thanks!
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Re: Linux Mint 15 boots to GRUB prompt on W7 dual install

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NuxNubkins wrote:When I'd have this happen, my Windows MBR somehow had gotten broken, so GRUB didn't know where LM was relative to Windows or something. I used Windows Recovery Console to issue

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bootrec /fixmbr
then I used a LM Live DVD to fix Grub.
To get to the recovery console, you press f8 to open 'advanced boot options' over Windows 7, go to repair your computer, then open the command line within those options, right? I just want to confirm.
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Re: Linux Mint 15 boots to GRUB prompt on W7 dual install

Post by NuxNubkins »

Yes, you may also get to it using the DVD.
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Re: Linux Mint 15 boots to GRUB prompt on W7 dual install

Post by EmergencySalad »

Nux, I did what you recommended, and now Mint is booting like a charm (through the GRUB bootloader now)! Thank you very much!
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