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Sharpdrop 05-12-2012 10:08 PM

How do I drop 1 LinuxMint12 without dropping Grub?
 
I had to replace my Inspiron 1501 HDD. Somewhere between reinstalling the original Vista and the re-doing the Upgrade to 7 I lost Grub. Well, I thought I would just re-re-install LinuxMint12 over itself and reinstall grub in the process. Well, I wound up with 2 installs of LM12,and they are very slow and prone to crashing now. How do I drop one, clear up the apparent resource crunch and not lose Grub in the process?
Thanks!

djsoundfx 05-12-2012 10:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Sharpdrop (Post 4677013)
I had to replace my Inspiron 1501 HDD. Somewhere between reinstalling the original Vista and the re-doing the Upgrade to 7 I lost Grub. Well, I thought I would just re-re-install LinuxMint12 over itself and reinstall grub in the process. Well, I wound up with 2 installs of LM12,and they are very slow and prone to crashing now. How do I drop one, clear up the apparent resource crunch and not lose Grub in the process?
Thanks!

Not exactly sure what you're describing here. Can you give us the output of /etc/grub.conf and or /boot/grub/grub.conf? Maybe even boot off a live cd and give the output of
http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net/ [instructions are on the site for this tool].

jtarin 05-13-2012 06:33 AM

I'm assuming you have one drive partioned? If you have Grub installed to the MBR of that drive you will not lose it unless you reinstall Windows. You could do wipe both Linux installs and do a clean reinstall to the correct partion and correct your botched Linux installs.

yancek 05-13-2012 10:39 AM

What you needed to do was reinstall Grub not reinstall Mint but it's too late now. Running the bootinfoscript and posting the results.txt file here would be the best suggestion. That will provide partition and boot file information which should help someone to help you.

Sharpdrop 05-13-2012 10:30 PM

I will get right on that....
 
Thanks to both of you! I will run those ASAP and post!

Sharpdrop 05-13-2012 10:43 PM

further input please....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by yancek (Post 4677335)
What you needed to do was reinstall Grub not reinstall Mint but it's too late now.

For future reference, how does one reinstall Grub and not the OS? On my Linux Mint 12 ISO I didn't find a repair option, so any help would be greatly appreciated :)
Thanks

jtarin 05-14-2012 01:04 AM

Reinstalling GRUB 2 from LiveCD using ChRoot method
This will work with any Live Linux CD. Your Mint is Ubuntu based.

yancek 05-14-2012 09:41 AM

Quote:

how does one reinstall Grub and not the OS?
Read and bookmark the link below:

http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/245

Sharpdrop 06-08-2012 11:56 AM

Sorry about being absent so long from this thread, lots of personal issues that I won't bore you with. I couldn't get Mint to run well enough to run any reports so I finally ended up using The Dark One's Disk Management software to wipe the two Mint installs out and reset the partitions where I wanted them. Then did a fresh install and voila! Thanks to everyone for all the help!


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