I had planned to start using linux mint (cassandra) today after a very satisfying trial with the live CD that came with a PC magazine.
However, once i finished installation and restarted the computer, i got a non-graphic GRUB screen which is allowing me to choose the linux kernel i want to boot from or windows xp. Whilst, Windows XP seems to work fine, i cannot use the linux set up. (I apologise for sounding so vague, I am a medical student and do not exactly know how to frame my problem better). The screen says "Starting ... please wait" and then just remains blank for several minutes. I need to manually restart to get to the boot screen again.I would appreciate it, if i were guided.
Secondly, while installing the OS i had allotted 9.5 GB for linux (i had to resort to guided partitioning, as in the manual mode it kept saying "root main [or menu] not assigned".). Nevertheless, now when i log in to windows, i can see approximately 15 GB has gone missing.
Is there something i can do to remedy the situation?
any help would be extremely appreciated.