installed Mint beside Linpus but no selection on boot
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File system: ext3
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Mounting failed: mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sda5,
missing codepage or helper program, or other error
In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
dmesg | tail or so
Amazing what a bit of hard data does for the situation, rather than supposition.
Your Mint install looks broken. Simplest to do it again. Makes sure you check its veracity first - either md5sum it or use the "check CD/media" option if it has one.
Also check which of those swaps Linpus is using (swapon -s) - hopefully sda2.
I'd be inclined to delete sda5 and the non-used swap (sda6 ?) and re-do a full install of Mint.
Makes sure you check its veracity first - either md5sum it or use the "check CD/media" option if it has one.
I presume md5sum is a verification checker of some kind to confirm the download was not corrupted. The download was done to an XP machine so presumably the check has to be done there, therefore I'll need a similar Windows program? Confused by the "check CD/media". This install is being done via the USB (no CD drive).
Delete sda5/sda6? Help on how to do this very much appreciated.
Linpus swap check ~
Filename Type Size Used Priority
/dev/sda2 partition 1052248 0 -1
One question - if the original install didn't work, what's the likelyhood of a second install working, all other things being equal? What I mean is, there is no extra preparation here except for a sum check.
Ok, two questions - on install I will be asked about partitioning. I previously allocated 30MB to Linpus and the rest, 89MB, to Mint. Is that OK? I don't get an option to specify the swap size, as Markus presumed earlier, unless I go into special setup, which looked complicated.
Ok, three questions - out of interest, during the Mint install, Fedora/Linpus was located on sda1 (ext2) and Mint went on sda2 (ext 4). Only, sda2 now appears to be the swap file. What is sda3 and what happend to sda4? Just curious, attempting to understand what I'm doing.
Sorry, question four - would a direct replacement for Linpus at install be better? I presume this would avoid repartitioning. I didn't go for that initially because I was warned I would lose all the files; also assumed it was the safer option in case things went wrong.
Last edited by stormdog; 01-07-2012 at 06:47 PM.
Reason: add question 4
Yes, md5sum is to verify your downloaded iso is "valid". There is a version for Windows - google it. On the (iso) download page will be a MD5 for the iso you downloaded. Easiest to just run md5sum against the iso and "eyeball" the result to ensure it looks the same. I'm actually surprised Mint don't have a md5sum file for download and comparison.
In future, if you don't know a command, use "man command" (no quotes) in a terminal. It's the manual (help) system in Linux. Use a "q" to quit.
1) hopefully you'll be more aware/careful, and it might go right the second time.
2) no that's O.K. - simple is better at this stage. Can always be adapted later.
3) I don't know how you got that idea. What you see is what it is. DOS partition tables were originally limited to 4 partitions - that constraint was relieved by making one an "extended" partition, which is merely a container for other (logical) partitions. /dev/sda3 is that "extended" - sda5/6/7 ... will be suballocated with that as logical partitions. The extended isn't used for filesystems (i.e. data), the logicals are. /dev/sda4 (the last "primary" partition of the 4) is available in case another primary is allocated later.
Note all this was designed/imposed by M$oft - not Linux. gpt disk partitioning is designed to avoid the pitfalls inherent in DOS partitioning. See wikipedia for both.
4) Nope. I always keep the original system in case of fuck-ups. You've already discovered the worth of your original decision.
Now for removing the partitions. Might be easiest to use parted. Do the following as root user (in the order shown)
Personally I'd just use the "advanced partitioning" option and reuse those partitions. You seem averse to trying that.
Sorry if I gave that impression. My earlier comment came from the point of view of a novice who's not knowledable about what he's doing and being faced with options he has no confidence in getting right. I didn't want to be back asking for advice on a re-partitioning gone horribly wrong!
If you feel the advanced option is the simpler/better way than I'm happy to give it a go.
Ok. I've gone through it again with the same result - still no boot option for Mint.
Here's a recap ~
I downloaded Linux Mint 11 LXDE 32-bit, grub, md5sum and Pendrive USB Installer onto a Windows XP PC and created a bootable USB there. I sumchecked the contents of the USB - all ok. I ran Mint from the USB - no problem apart from Mozilla not firing up (presumably because it wasn't on the USB). I installed Mint using the simple default partitioning (I need advice to use the advanced partitioning option). It appeared to install Mint alongside the previous Mint install.
Here's the new setup ~
[user@localhost /]$ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x537c5b79
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 3647 29288307+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 14463 14593 1052257+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3 3647 14462 86877185 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 3647 9084 43671913+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 14399 14462 510976 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 9084 14335 42178560 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 14335 14398 510976 82 Linux swap / Solaris
Partition table entries are not in disk order
Disk /dev/mmcblk0: 3999 MB, 3999793152 bytes
98 heads, 33 sectors/track, 2415 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 3234 * 512 = 1655808 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/mmcblk0p1 3 2416 3901952 6 FAT16
Any advice on where to go from here? I'm desperate to get this Mint installed.
Even though you've D2D recovery is for the present os enable it, because as you can see in my sig I have acer aspire also & I couldn't load Debian on it without it enable, I think it also disables writing to mbr, atleast in my case.