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Old 07-05-2019, 09:30 PM   #1
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Angry Unable to install mint on second blank drive


Hi to you all. I am a complete novice to Linux, so please bear this in mind.

I have a hard drive running Windows 7 & working fine.

I want to install Mint 19.1 on a second drive. Have a flash drive with iso on it & for good measure also on a dvd.

No matter what I do to bios settings, my computer insists on booting up windows!

If I disconnect my windows drive, the second blank drive on it's own, throws up error message 'boot manager is missing'.

Second drive shows it to be a basic active partition but does not have a letter assigned to it. This seems wrong but what should it be set as?

Also, any ideas as to why I can't boot from either my flash drive or DVD?

If you need other info to help me, please ask. I am getting very frustrated now!

Kind regards

Tony
 
Old 07-05-2019, 09:32 PM   #2
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I'm confused. Are you saying that you are unable to boot to the install media to as to install Linux Mint or that you have installed Linux Mint but cannot boot into it?

Oh, and welcome to LQ.

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Old 07-05-2019, 09:44 PM   #3
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in BIOS, try looking for boot list/options, and what key you press to give you a listings to your boot list, so you can select your usb stick to boot that instead to get you to your mint to install it. or set your BIOS to boot your usb port first, dvd second then your hdd 3rd.

for example I hit my esc key to give me my BIOS selection, some use f2 it usually shows up on the screen what key to hit when you're booting.

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Old 07-05-2019, 09:46 PM   #4
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Wait, is it installing, but not booting?
Also, trying to have a BIOS or EFI boot?
 
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Old 07-05-2019, 09:58 PM   #5
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Welcome to LinuxQuestions.

How did you create the DVD and USB drive? To burn the DVD from Windows 7 right click on the ISO file in the file browser and select burn from image.

To create the USB install media from Windows 7 the suggested method is to download and run Etcher.

https://www.balena.io/etcher/

To install linux to the second drive you need to select "something else" and manually partition the drive which might be a bit complicated for a novice. It is possible to disconnect the first drive and install to the second without the possibility of destroying your Windows system.
 
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Old 07-06-2019, 12:19 AM   #6
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I'm confused. Are you saying that you are unable to boot to the install media to as to install Linux Mint or that you have installed Linux Mint but cannot boot into it?

Oh, and welcome to LQ.
Sorry for the confusion. I can't get Mint to install using either my flash drive or DVD.
Have set bios boot up priority many times with usb or dvd but only windows boots up.

Hope this helps.

Regards
Tony
 
Old 07-06-2019, 12:24 AM   #7
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in BIOS, try looking for boot list/options, and what key you press to give you a listings to your boot list, so you can select your usb stick to boot that instead to get you to your mint to install it. or set your BIOS to boot your usb port first, dvd second then your hdd 3rd.

for example I hit my esc key to give me my BIOS selection, some use f2 it usually shows up on the screen what key to hit when you're booting.
Have done this many times but to no avail. Only finds my windows hard drive even though they are shown in bios boot priority.
Have checked that usb port & dvd player are working. Definitely weird!
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Old 07-06-2019, 12:29 AM   #8
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Wait, is it installing, but not booting?
Also, trying to have a BIOS or EFI boot?
Hi,

Mint not installed. Trying to use bios to install via usb or dvd.

Don't know what EFI is.

No matter what boot priority I try, will only boot up windows hard drive!

Regards
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Old 07-06-2019, 12:37 AM   #9
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Welcome to LinuxQuestions.

How did you create the DVD and USB drive? To burn the DVD from Windows 7 right click on the ISO file in the file browser and select burn from image.

To create the USB install media from Windows 7 the suggested method is to download and run Etcher.

https://www.balena.io/etcher/

To install linux to the second drive you need to select "something else" and manually partition the drive which might be a bit complicated for a novice. It is possible to disconnect the first drive and install to the second without the possibility of destroying your Windows system.
Hi,

Mint 19.1 downloaded from Linux site and burned to usb & dvd through windows. Etcher is new to me.
Have also tried disconnecting the first drive as you suggest but I get error message 'boot manager' missing.

Regards
Tony
 
Old 07-06-2019, 05:38 AM   #10
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how did you put the iso onto the usb, what program did you use?
 
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Old 07-06-2019, 05:46 AM   #11
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How did you burn the DVD? If you extracted the contents of the iso file or just burned the ISO file itself it will not boot. Again you need to right click on the ISO file and select burn as image.

How did you create the USB flash drive? If you just copied the file or extracted and copied the contents it will not boot. From windows you need a program i.e. Etcher to create a bootable USB drive.
 
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Old 07-06-2019, 06:01 AM   #12
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Have you tried to boot the DVD/usb of Mint on another computer to verify that is not the problem?

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If I disconnect my windows drive, the second blank drive on it's own, throws up error message 'boot manager is missing'.
That would obviously be expected as it is a blank drive? Or is this when you set the DVD/usb to first boot and it triess to boot the second drive?
Not having a drive letter set to a partition simply means it is not a windows filesystem format as windows only assigns drive letters to ntfs/vfat,etc partitions so this is unrelated. If you are unabele to make/save changes in the BIOS, you have problem with your system board I would think and your stuck with 7. May a firmware update?
 
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Old 07-06-2019, 08:06 AM   #13
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Hi,It sounds like the boot order is wrong or the flashdrive has not been created correctly.

Try etcher to redo the flashdrive as michaelk has suggested..

What is the make and model of your computer?

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Old 07-06-2019, 12:42 PM   #14
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how did you put the iso onto the usb, what program did you use?
Hi,

I used the burn disk in windows.

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Old 07-06-2019, 12:49 PM   #15
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How did you burn the DVD? If you extracted the contents of the iso file or just burned the ISO file itself it will not boot. Again you need to right click on the ISO file and select burn as image.

How did you create the USB flash drive? If you just copied the file or extracted and copied the contents it will not boot. From windows you need a program i.e. Etcher to create a bootable USB drive.
Hi again,

I believe I am getting somewhere from what you have written. I haven't burned the usb or the dvd properly it seems.

I'll have another go to get it right. What a plonker I am!

I'll let you know how I get on.

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