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Old 08-30-2011, 04:06 PM   #1
Battus
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LMDE 201108 installation does not boot


Hi all,

Although I am an utter newbie I thought I would post my question here since it clearly concerns Linux Mint.

I installed the Debian edition 201108 but wasn't sure what to do when GPartEd started up asking me where I wanted to put the stuff. I had another distro on the one and only hard drive and I wanted to overwrite this so I deleted all partitions and replaced them with one large partition (!). The installation ran through to completion but I then found it impossible to boot from the hard drive.

My question is how do I make the HD bootable and can I do this while leaving the installation intact?

Pointers to tutorials would be just as welcome as direct answers. I thought this might speed up my own searching a bit!
 
Old 08-30-2011, 04:16 PM   #2
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At the end of the installation process, you are given options on where to install the Grub bootloader. Which option did you choose. If you did not choose to install to the master boot record, it won't boot.
Did you get a message at the end of the installation saying it was complete?
Did it instruct your to reboot?
What happened, exactly when you rebooted?
Do you see any messages on screen, is it a black screen??
Is Mint the only OS?
You could go to sourceforge and download the bootinfoscript at the line below to post some useful information. Read the instructions first:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/bootinfoscript/

From the information you posted, it is difficult to ascertain whether it is a boot problem or something else.
Did everything work when you used the Mint Live CD?
 
Old 08-31-2011, 02:32 AM   #3
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yancek, many thanks for your extensive answer.
I have to admit that because of someone turning up unexpectedly here, I missed the end of the intallation process, so I did not see any options on where to install the Grub bootloader. Maybe it took a default, which was the wrong one? In any case I think I can best do the installation again when I can be sure of no interruptions! I did get a message saying the installation was complete (or words to that effect) and I'm pretty sure it told me to reboot (in any case that's what I did, restart - removed the LMDE DVD - and press enter to reboot)
the bootup then started, found no DVD, and then gave the message:
"Hard disk boot sector invalid or No active partition"
"Press 'H' to retry Hard Disk, any other key for floppy".

To answer your other question:
Yes this is the only OS on the machine.
It is a 2003 vintage laptop (with AMD Athlon processor) which I've dedicated to "messing about with linux" so there's nothing to lose!

I have downloaded the bash script you mentioned but won't have time to run it until to, probably, tomorrow.

I'll let you know how that goes.

Thanks again...
 
Old 08-31-2011, 10:19 AM   #4
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Before trying to install again, I would suggest you go to the Mint site and see what the minimum hardware requirements are. If your computer is 8 years old, a full install may not work. Check your computer to find out some info about it, particualrly how much RAM it has and how much it can hold. I don't know which Desktop the new Mint uses but there are several options and a lighter Desktop may work.
 
Old 09-01-2011, 02:58 PM   #5
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I checked out the the minimum hardware requirements for LMDE as far as possible and I think what I have will be OK especially as I'm installing with the lite desktop (xfce).

I tried another installation today because I've learnt a bit more about partitioning and tried it with "swap" partition and separate partion for "/home" like this This layout was copied from another Linux system which I can successfully install (PCLinuxOS).

The installation of LMDE completed OK.

When bootup from HD starts tho', precisely the following appears on the screen...

mobile AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2200+ CPU
External Cache: 256K installed
No Bootable CD In ATAPI CD_ROM
GRUB Loading stage1.5.


GRUB loading, please wait...
Error 15


... and that's it. I reckon it's further than I've got before and I've seen on forums that Error 15 at this stage means that GRUB can't find the file it wants to load. If this is so, it leaves me with the questions:

* Which file?
* Why is it not there?
* Where can I find it
* How can I put it where GRUB wants it?
* or is something wrong with my partitioning?

I would be most grateful for any enlightenment...

Regards,
Dick Summerfield (aka "Battus")

Last edited by Battus; 09-01-2011 at 03:02 PM. Reason: clarity
 
Old 09-01-2011, 05:20 PM   #6
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The Grub2 error 15 usually happens when you still have Grub Legacy from a previous installatio in the master boot record and are using a distribution (Linux Mint) that uses Grub2. You need to select to install Grub2 to the master boot record. Read Section 12 in the link below for reinstalling Grub. It is specific to Ubuntu but should be the same for Mint:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2
 
Old 09-02-2011, 02:39 AM   #7
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Thanks for the info.
I shall be looking into that but I have to go away for a couple of weeks now.
Pity. Just as it was getting interesting.
 
  


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