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OK, I fixed the issue with the download. I installed Linux Mint Cinnamon "Rebecca" 17.1 on the computer. It said it was installed successfully, but when I rebooted all I got was a black screen with the cursor stuck in the upper left corner of the screen. I let it sit for a long time (maybe 45 minutes), did a control alt delete but nothing happened. I had to shut down the computer manually.
Just one more thing, if you are using UEFI (GPT) and you need to change that to "use legacy BIOS" or MFT/MBT then you also will need to reinstall linux--the boot loader is not installed properly on the GPT partition..I don't think you can recover from that in anyway except for a re-install...others on this forum might KNOW different, I am not sure...
I don't think you can recover from that in anyway except for a re-install...
You should be able to reinstall grub from within a live system. Just boot from the installation medium and chroot into the installed system to reinstall grub. Plenty of good howtos out there. E.g. this one looks reasonably detailed at first sight.