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I am extremely new to Linux so please excuse my ignorance. This evening I burned Mint Helena to a CD and did the MD5sum, M5Dsum (whichever is right) check and ...
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    Error- No such Device


    I am extremely new to Linux so please excuse my ignorance.
    This evening I burned Mint Helena to a CD and did the MD5sum, M5Dsum (whichever is right) check and it is good so I installed it.
    I have a 150 GB harddrive that I used Partition Magic to partition 75GB on each. 75GB on C drive and 75GB on F drive.
    I tried to install Mint to the 75GB on F drive but I may have goofed up somewhere. It looks like I installed it right.
    However, when I reboot my PC Linux gives me some choices: Run Mint generic, Run Mint recovery, a couple of other things then Run Windows XP.
    When I highlight to run Mint generic and click "enter" it gives me this "Error- no such device." It says the same if I click to Run Mint recovery. My only choice left is to run Windohs XP.
    Did I partition it wrong? Should I uninstall Linux, reinstall and choose to run it along side Windows XP? Should I un-partition what I partitioned?
    One more question- If I want to run Linux OS all the time- will I be able to throw Windohs XP where it belongs or will I need it for some things?
    I've read a lot on the forums and everyone seems wonderful at helping us poor Micro$oft children.
    Thank you in advance!

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    I believe you partitioned it kinda wrong, Linux likes unformatted free space more than anything in the world. Just Delete/Fdisk F: drive, then run the installer again.
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    We have to check Partition Structure of your Hard disk first.
    Boot up from LiveCD of Linux Mint, open Terminal and execute this
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    sudo fdisk -l
    Post output here.
    * Its small L in fdisk -l.
    One more question- If I want to run Linux OS all the time- will I be able to throw Windohs XP where it belongs or will I need it for some things?
    It depends on you only. Alernative for most of Windows Packages are available in Linux. I would suggest you to keep Windows OS for a while and get familiar with Linux. You can remove/install any OS any time.
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    [QUOTE=devils casper;763601]We have to check Partition Structure of your Hard disk first.
    Boot up from LiveCD of Linux Mint, open Terminal and execute this
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    Post output here.
    * Its small L in fdisk -l.

    I'll check the Partition Structure.
    In the meantime I have done some things- not good. LOL
    I booted from the Live CD to re-install mint and chose to run Linux next to Windohs. After it installed and I rebooted only Mint would load. I couldn't highlight Windohs to run it. Nothing would highlight but Mint. So I chose Mint and started up Firefox. Now I have more questions- Why wouldn't websites allow me to log in using my username and password? Why couldn't I run an .exe?
    I shut down my PC and put in the Windows CD, stumbled around and fixed the boot issue so it now boots into Windows again.
    Now here's where I am and I won't do anything until I receive a reply:
    I have 150 GB harddrive. I have half of it as C: drive and the other half as F: drive.
    I want to keep Windohs available and I want Mint available.
    Should I delete the F: drive as stated in a reply above or should I keep it and re-install Mint?
    When preparing to install Mint- should I choose to run it beside Windows or chose to partition manually?
    Once again....Thank you!

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    Post the output of the command from LiveCD, as stated above by devils casper.
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    sudo fdisk -l
    Better safe than sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTbob View Post
    Post the output of the command from LiveCD, as stated above by devils casper.
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    sudo fdisk -l
    Better safe than sorry.
    Mint is not installed.

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    Yes, I know, use the CD to boot into the "Live" mode. Just stick the CD/DVD into the drive and reboot.
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    It said, "Unable to open."

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    I'm sorry, could you clarify that? What doesn't open?
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    I opened Terminal and typed in this: sudo fdisk -l.
    Here is parts of the result:

    Disk/dev/sda:160 GB
    160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cyclinders
    Units= cyclinders of 16065 *
    512= 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot System
    /dev/sdb1 * HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sdb2 W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sdb5 HPFS/NTFS

    Disk/dev/sda:160 GB
    160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cyclinders
    Units= cyclinders of 16065 *
    512= 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot System
    /dev/sdb1 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sdb2 W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sdb5 Linux
    /dev/sdb6 Linus swap/Solaris

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