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Old 03-21-2012, 01:40 PM   #16
Tom_Cruise
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i guess frequency out of range means grub is not being able to display itself on your display, why dont you try to reinstall grub with some reasonable display say 800*600
 
Old 03-21-2012, 01:44 PM   #17
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How do I get to the grub and reinstall it if I'm stuck in the blank screen? If I change this resolution, won't this affect the look of the Mint or Windows Desktop (I'm using Win7 BTW; so it's a dual-boot)?
 
Old 03-21-2012, 01:45 PM   #18
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i guess frequency out of range means grub is not being able to display itself on your display , just try reinstalling grub to some reasonable frequency say 800*600
 
Old 03-21-2012, 01:47 PM   #19
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@Tom_Crruise: did you just post the same reply as before?
 
Old 03-21-2012, 01:51 PM   #20
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yeah did my mistake , where actually you are standing u can boot into windows or not causer dual boot means choosing what you need before booting anything
 
Old 03-21-2012, 01:59 PM   #21
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I assume I should boot into Windows or Linux if the menu _were_ available/visible, but it's not. I've already installed Mint 12 twice, with the same result, i.e. no grub menu. What's wrong with this Mint installation? Is it a problem with this distro? Should I try switching to Ubuntu? Since it's my wife's PC, I wanted the interface to be pretty close to Windows to make it easy for her. We are new to Linux, and have always been Windows users. Where do I go from here? Thanks.
 
Old 03-21-2012, 02:10 PM   #22
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I've used Ubuntu since April of 2008 and Mint for the past year. I continue to use both distro's. I have never seen this issue.
I've installed several versions of Ubuntu and Linux Mint and have never seen this issue either. Just because you and I have not seen it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. If you google "Mint/Ubuntu login loop" you will get many sites with users having the problem.

If you get "frequency out of range", try hitting the down arrow key once then hit the Enter key. You should get some options. I had a similar problem when I installed Mint 12 and Ubuntu-11.10. The error I saw was input not supported, a little box floating on the screen. The resolution was as suggested above, changing the line #GRUB_GFXMODE=640x480 in the /etc/default/grub file by removing the hash mark (#). You will obviously first have to be able to boot into the installation or be able to chroot from a Live CD.
 
Old 03-21-2012, 02:14 PM   #23
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I've used a lot of distros but mint works every time, and im a great fan of mint but if its not working for you should give ubuntu a try, there are several things like grub as separate image on cd,tweaking boot menu, other boot loader, boot in live cd's etc etc but sometime we want it to work automatically so try ubuntu its a great distro if possible install it in different partition, may be you wil get it all right(means working window, working mint and working ubuntu cause grub is a nice boot loader dont know whats wrong in it in your case).
 
Old 03-21-2012, 02:15 PM   #24
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I've installed several versions of Ubuntu and Linux Mint and have never seen this issue either. Just because you and I have not seen it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. If you google "Mint/Ubuntu login loop" you will get many sites with users having the problem.

If you get "frequency out of range", try hitting the down arrow key once then hit the Enter key. You should get some options. I had a similar problem when I installed Mint 12 and Ubuntu-11.10. The error I saw was input not supported, a little box floating on the screen. The resolution was as suggested above, changing the line #GRUB_GFXMODE=640x480 in the /etc/default/grub file by removing the hash mark (#). You will obviously first have to be able to boot into the installation or be able to chroot from a Live CD.
What do you mean by "chroot"? How do I boot into the installation? Do I have to boot up using the Mint installation disk? What app do I use to edit /etc/default/grub? Is "vi" available? Thanks.
 
Old 03-21-2012, 03:04 PM   #25
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If Mint is based on Ubuntu, wouldn't the latter have the same grub as the former?
 
Old 03-22-2012, 04:19 PM   #26
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If Mint is based on Ubuntu, wouldn't the latter have the same grub as the former?
Any feature of a distribution is fair game for per-distribution selection.
GRUB-2 vs. GRUB-legacy vs. BURG vs. LILO is just a choice of packages included.

For me, Mint-12 (based on Ubuntu 11.10) included GRUB-2. Ubuntu 10.04 also
used GRUB-2. Even so, the boot process looked very different.

Bonne chance,
~~~ 0;-Dan
 
Old 03-22-2012, 04:54 PM   #27
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I finally solved my problem. I managed to get Linux, downloaded the Grub Customizer, and changed the display to 800x600 (6 or 8 bits, I don't remember). Thanks, guys, for all the help.

But now I'm getting disk errors from S.M.A.R.T. How do I fix these? Do I use fsck by itself, or with badblocks? What would be the exact call(s)? Would I have to do this from a live CD? Is there any other way (with a nice GUI)? Thanks.
 
Old 03-22-2012, 04:56 PM   #28
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I meant to say "I finally got into Linux" by doing "arrow-down" or "arrow-up" and then "enter" (or "right-arrow", I think) at boot-up.
 
Old 03-24-2012, 09:58 AM   #29
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I finally solved my problem. I managed to get Linux, downloaded the Grub Customizer, and changed the display to 800x600 (6 or 8 bits, I don't remember). Thanks, guys, for all the help.

But now I'm getting disk errors from S.M.A.R.T. How do I fix these? Do I use fsck by itself, or with badblocks? What would be the exact call(s)? Would I have to do this from a live CD? Is there any other way (with a nice GUI)? Thanks.
I would boot from live-media and use fsck with badblocks that way.
This way nothing accesses the drive (you are running from live-media and ram)
giving fsck complete access.

Bonne chance,
~~~ 0;-/ Dan
 
  


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