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Old 07-14-2013, 02:43 AM   #1
Fruffles
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Question Mint not appearing on the boot menu (Dual with Windows)


Salutations! I am moderately illiterate when it comes to computers, so bear with me. If I'm missing some pertinent bit of information, please point it out.

I am running Windows 7 on a 64x computer, and have decided to dual boot Mint 15 as a first Linux OS. "Alrighty." I thought, and followed the PDF instructions from the Mint site. This went along well, and I seem to have completed it without a problem. However, upon restarting, the boot menu refused to show the Mint OS. I thought then that I may have installed the OS incorrectly, so I plopped the ISO disk back in an ran the installation program again. It noted that Mint had installed to the partition I assigned it to. Perhaps some boot menu setting was preventing the recognition of the new OS, but with my limited understanding my fiddling proved unsuccessful.

I feel like I'm missing some obvious catch that prevents recognition, and I don't fully understand what I'm missing.
 
Old 07-14-2013, 04:32 AM   #2
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Hi there,

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Salutations! I am moderately illiterate when it comes to computers, so bear with me. If I'm missing some pertinent bit of information, please point it out.
don't worry about that.

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I am running Windows 7 on a 64x computer, and have decided to dual boot Mint 15 as a first Linux OS.
So Windows was there first, and then a Linux distro as the second OS being installed. That's the recommended order which usually makes a lot less trouble than the other way round (because Windows Setup doesn't honor the presence of another OS).

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However, upon restarting, the boot menu refused to show the Mint OS.
At that point, I miss some importatnt information from your side:
  • What's your is your partition scheme? You did provide a partition of its own for Mint, did you? Or even another HDD?
  • Where did you have the boot manager (GRUB) installed during the Mint setup? In sda, or in sda1? That's a significant difference: In sda means GRUB starts from the MBR and will be the primary boot manager; in sda1 means GRUB will be installed in the partition's boot sector and another boot manager (for example Windows') has to do the first stage.
  • Did you see the GRUB boot menu after the procedure, or the regular Windows boot manager, or none at all?
  • Which of the two OS's was actually booted after that installation? WIndows or Linux?

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I thought then that I may have installed the OS incorrectly, ...
Well, from your description you might have installed GRUB to sda1 instead of sda.

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Old 07-14-2013, 06:50 AM   #3
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Where did you have the boot manager (GRUB) installed during the Mint setup? In sda, or in sda1? That's a significant difference: In sda means GRUB starts from the MBR and will be the primary boot manager; in sda1 means GRUB will be installed in the partition's boot sector and another boot manager (for example Windows') has to do the first stage.

Well, from your description you might have installed GRUB to sda1 instead of sda.
Oh! I see! I reinstalled Mint to sda and GRUB appeared all fancy and nice. Mint is running fine.

Thank you very much!
 
  


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