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Old 11-13-2013, 06:31 PM   #16
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Wish I could get far enough to try those install meathods. But after first screen I get the no signal box and black monitor. Only way back up is a reboot.

Diskpart shows no GPT partition.

Also, ran an Ubantu disk and got the same thing.

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Old 11-14-2013, 02:20 PM   #17
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Well, it's not the way I wanted it, but mint is installed (with a few problems). I wanted to get rid of windows, but ended up installing mint as a dual boot from within windows. I'm still looking for answers on how to Remove windows and only have mint, but for now....

One major problem is video. Even with the 310.xx drivers installed for my GTX 650Ti I can only get about 4 choices for resolution. Right now it's at 1024x768 and everything is HUGE! How can I fix this?
 
Old 11-14-2013, 08:21 PM   #18
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Quote:
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One major problem is video. Even with the 310.xx drivers installed for my GTX 650Ti I can only get about 4 choices for resolution. Right now it's at 1024x768 and everything is HUGE! How can I fix this?
Did you run nvidia-xconfig from command prompt as root or sudo users?

# sudo nvidia-xconfig

This should write a usable xorg.conf.
 
Old 11-14-2013, 09:39 PM   #19
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Gparted live dvd DOSE support gpt

i used it to format a 4 tb drive into 4 1 tb partitions

now "fdisk" can not read gpt correctly so you will see an error from the
Code:
su -
fdisk -l
command if you run it
but it WILL MOUNT just fine using the normal udev automount

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I wanted to get rid of windows, but ended up installing mint as a dual boot from within windows.
a WUBI install ?

that really is not a real install but a type of virtual install

if you want to ONLY have mint
then use the gparted disk and wipe the partition table and reformat to ext4

you only need to think about gpt if the drive is 3 tb and BIGGER and it has ONE ( 1 ) partition
a 4 tb drive with 3 1 tb partitions and one 1 tb extended partition is fine .

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Old 11-15-2013, 02:37 PM   #20
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Well, that took me back to where I started. Clean drive, but trying to load mint takes me to the black screen with the no signal box. Being the idiot I am, I was thinking. Is it possible that when it starts to read the Mint cd, it times out waiting for mint to start loading? Is there a way to slow down the boot sequence until it srarts reading the disk? Reaching for straws here. For the moment, loading Win 7, and Mint to another partition.
 
Old 11-15-2013, 04:25 PM   #21
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I have to question a few things because you don't say.
Was the Ubuntu you tried the EFI install version. The standard Ubuntu version won't behave any differently if it is using the BIOS to MBR install method.

Just because Diskpart shows it is not GPT does not mean it is MBR, as it could be EFI partition, or some other type. These are just as incompatible with an MBR install as GPT would be.

The ideal would be to try the EFI install, and investigate along the lines of the Ubuntu EFI install instructions, as they have been down this path before.

Killdisk is not familiar, but with most of these programs there is the option to clear the partitions, and a different operation to rewrite the partition table.

The second best would be to create a new fresh partition table of the type you want.
If you do rewrite the disk partition table to MBR, and switch the BIOS to MBR boot (not EFI mode) then you should be able to use the standard Ubuntu or standard Mint install.
The MBR partition tables are not ideal for such large drives and have to use work-arounds
which is why they are becoming obsolete.
 
Old 11-16-2013, 03:09 PM   #22
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Well, did a low level format (all zeros) to the hdd. Set the partition table to mbr, and tried to load mint. Tried all 3 EFI bios options (EFI, non-EFI, and Auto) but none worked. Now in the process of reloading XP Pro and Mint as a dual boot. Seems that may be the only way I can have Mint on that system.
 
Old 11-17-2013, 04:24 AM   #23
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What graphics do you have? It's going to sound strange but the Ubuntu set doesn't play well with my '09 MacBook Pro. I originally thought it was the EFI but after hours of research I found out it doesn't like the graphic's nor the switching. You just boot and hit that you want to install and you end a black screen with a cursor prompt right?
 
Old 11-18-2013, 06:22 AM   #24
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It's a PNY GTX 650Ti card. Running dual boot now with XP Pro, but keep getting the low disk space in usr warning. And still can only run at 1024x768 resolution. On the windows side I'm around 1600x900 or something like that. Would need to boot over to that side to find the exact setting.
 
Old 11-18-2013, 10:18 AM   #25
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it is using the Nouveau driver
and NOT the nvidia driver

see the Mint/ubuntu instructions for removing Nouveau and installing the nvidia-331.run driver
 
Old 11-18-2013, 07:09 PM   #26
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Nouveau is in my blacklist config.
 
Old 11-26-2013, 03:00 PM   #27
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Well, I'm up and running with Mint 16 RC as the only OS but with an issue. It's not reading my monitor correctly. It shows it as a crt when it is an Acer p221w LCD. I'm limited to crt resolutions with the highest being 1360x768. I like to run at 1600x900. I can't seem to get it to work right. Tried a couple of mode changes I've found in searching, but they've mostly led me to troubles including a reformat/reinstall. Any ideas?
 
  


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