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Old 03-27-2013, 04:27 PM   #1
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Unhappy problems to startup my mint 10 on windows XP instalation


I have Installed mint 10 on windows XP, everything was working fine, but now when I boot the computer, insted of getting to the mint desktop page as always, I'm getting a black page with the code (initramfs).
Since I'm new with linux and loving it, I dont know what to write to get thru it. Please, somebody kindly help me?
I hope I was clear om my explanation.

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Old 03-27-2013, 04:40 PM   #2
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To start mint 10 is rather outdated .
I think we are now at mint 14
When you start up you're computer it started with a few options .
One option is the recovery mode of mint .
Can you start that one up
 
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:22 PM   #3
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You need to explain what "I have Installed mint 10 on windows XP" means as Mint has a program (mint4win) which isntalls Mint inside a windows partition as a program. Is that what you did? or did you install to its own partition? What does everything was working fine mean. Does that mean you were able to successfully boot Mint after the installation and now it no longer boots? Or were you only able to use if from the Live/Install CD?
 
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:38 PM   #4
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Thank you for your replay Yancek and ronlau9


I have instaled mint 10 on a windows XP home edition from a live CD, so I have Both Windows and Linux.
Like I said it was working fine, when boot, I would choose which one I wanted. A few days ago it showed a blank page saying failure attempt and (initramfs) and telling me to enter help for a list of codes or threads. Forgive me I have no experience with the linux language.
So this way I cannot get access to the linux mint desktop.
Hope I have answered your question.

Thank you

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:05 PM   #5
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Hope I have answered your question.
No. You can install Mint inside windows or you can install it on a separate partition when you have some windows operating system on another partition. I suppose you don't know which you did?

If you were booting both xp and Mint then you probably were using the Mint Grub bootloader so can you still boot xp? and also, do you still have the Mint CD? Did anything unusual happen immediately prior to this problem? or did you do any updates in Mint?

If you have the Mint CD, boot the computer with it and go to the site below and read the instructions for, download and run the bootinfoscript and post the output, a results.txt file. That should provide additional information on your system needed for someone to help you:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/bootinfoscript/
 
Old 03-28-2013, 10:33 AM   #6
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Hi Yancek, once more thank for trying to help me.

No, I did not install it on any partition, I followed installation instructions straight from the CD.

Yes I can still boot Windows XP and yes I still have the CD.

About the unusual prior to the problem, I noticed that the desktop or page wherever I was on the net would start to get shady and on a disappearing mode.

If I reboot with the CD, would I loose my bookmarks saved already on my firefox web page on mint?

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Old 03-28-2013, 11:57 AM   #7
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No, I did not install it on any partition, I followed installation instructions straight from the CD.

If you install linux mint with the option installing along side windows than linux mint the partitions for you .


If I reboot with the CD, would I loose my bookmarks saved already on my firefox web page on mint?

If only you reboot from the cd you do not loose anything .

But if you reinstall mint than Yes you loose you bookmarks .

Try the option boot from HD first
 
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It isn't clear if you used the mint4win option to install inside windows or if you installed to a separate partition. I would expect it installed to a separate partition but the only way to know that is to boot the Mint CD and get the bootinfoscript and run it. It won't work from xp and just downloading it and running it is not going to affect your bookmarks. Don't reboot until you have posted the info here.
 
  


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