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Old 11-26-2011, 10:30 AM   #1
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LMDE Linux Mint 11 install ok but does not boot

I have installed Linux Mint 11 LMDE on a laptop. It does install but when I re-boot it remains at the command prompt with no Linux window interface available.
I did see a 'startpar' failure message in the boot command sequence listed in red. I removed Windows and re-setup the partitions again with no change noticable.
Please advise.....(Note, Newbie at Linux system stuff, so simple solutions if possible...)

Old 11-26-2011, 06:08 PM   #2
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What exactly do you see at the "command prompt"?
Did you select to boot automatically or require a password for login?
Did you select to install the Mint bootloader to the master boot record?
Can you post some information on your hardware? How old? graphics card? memory?
Did the CD work before installing?
I would suggest going to the site below and downloading and running the bootinfoscript. This will produce a results.txt file which you can post here to get help. It will give detailed information on your partitions/drives and boot files.
Old 11-27-2011, 04:37 AM   #3
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Also will it run as a live dvd?
Old 11-27-2011, 12:27 PM   #4
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Mint 11 is not LMDE, so you will need to clarify what one you are actually trying to use. Mint 11 is based on Ubuntu, LMDE is Linux Mint Debian Edition and as the name suggests it is based on Debian. The reason I am pointing this out to you is Ubuntu and Debian have differences that can sometimes cause issues.
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To answer all of the replys:
My mistake its Linux Mint Debian Gnome 32 bit version on a laptop.

The boot works fine from the live CD, a password is not needed at login. I used Gpartion and removed Windows and it set all default allocations and I set the boot flag and '/' in boot from in the partition I installed in.

It does install ok but the following shows up on boot:
"GNU Grub version 1.99-8 32-bit


and it reamins there.
Old 12-05-2011, 01:36 PM   #6
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If looks like you may have installed grub to a partition of its own.

Download Boot info Script and post the info

Boot Info Script.

If you want to try and reinstall this commands will reinstall from live cd if you know the partition of your /.

sudo mount /dev/sdax /mnt (x your /)

sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sda
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Also will it run as a live dvd?


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