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    am running mint8 & winxp dual boot but to use mint i have to first boot into windows then restart and go into linux else if i don't and directly go to linux from the menu in the grub the system just shows a black screen and doesn't load x. why is it so and what can i do to resolve this problem.

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    try booting mint in text mode and see what error messages you get

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    Regularly dual boot windows and various linux distros, including mint and this is truly an odd bird. Without the machine or some of the messages, I don´t believe anybody can help. Just as jonathon183 has stated, the messages are needed to begin.

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    Also a copy of your menu.lst and details of partitions that the different OSs are on might help

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    I have heard of a similar effect where a piece of hardware requires firmware to be loaded by Windows and then a warm restart keeps the firmware loaded. Never heard of that with a graphics card though
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    #
    # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
    #
    # It is automatically generated by /usr/sbin/grub-mkconfig using templates
    # from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
    #

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    if [ -s /boot/grub/grubenv ]; then
    have_grubenv=true
    load_env
    fi
    set default="0"
    if [ ${prev_saved_entry} ]; then
    saved_entry=${prev_saved_entry}
    save_env saved_entry
    prev_saved_entry=
    save_env prev_saved_entry
    fi
    insmod ext2
    set root=(hd0,5)
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 0a6a4c60-45c2-4a2e-a31b-2e3dd1049bfe
    if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
    set gfxmode=640x480
    insmod gfxterm
    insmod vbe
    if terminal_output gfxterm ; then true ; else
    # For backward compatibility with versions of terminal.mod that don't
    # understand terminal_output
    terminal gfxterm
    fi
    fi
    if [ ${recordfail} = 1 ]; then
    set timeout=-1
    else
    set timeout=10
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    set menu_color_normal=white/black
    set menu_color_highlight=black/white
    ### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/06_mint_theme ###
    insmod ext2
    set root=(hd0,5)
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 0a6a4c60-45c2-4a2e-a31b-2e3dd1049bfe
    insmod png
    if background_image /boot/grub/linuxmint.png ; then
    set color_normal=white/black
    set color_highlight=white/light-gray
    else
    set menu_color_normal=white/black
    set menu_color_highlight=white/light-gray
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/06_mint_theme ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    menuentry "Linux Mint 8 Helena, linux 2.6.31-14-generic (/dev/sda5)" {
    recordfail=1
    if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
    set quiet=1
    insmod ext2
    set root=(hd0,5)
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 0a6a4c60-45c2-4a2e-a31b-2e3dd1049bfe
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-generic root=UUID=0a6a4c60-45c2-4a2e-a31b-2e3dd1049bfe ro quiet splash
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-generic
    }
    menuentry "Linux Mint 8 Helena, linux 2.6.31-14-generic (recovery mode)" {
    recordfail=1
    if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
    insmod ext2
    set root=(hd0,5)
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 0a6a4c60-45c2-4a2e-a31b-2e3dd1049bfe
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-generic root=UUID=0a6a4c60-45c2-4a2e-a31b-2e3dd1049bfe ro single
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-generic
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
    linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
    }
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
    linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    menuentry "Microsoft Windows XP Professional (on /dev/sda1)" {
    insmod ntfs
    set root=(hd0,1)
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 901433ee1433d646
    drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
    chainloader +1
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    # This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries. Simply type the
    # menu entries you want to add after this comment. Be careful not to change
    # the 'exec tail' line above.
    ### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    thats my copy of grub.cfg in mint thats what its called, menu.lst is for open suse. but i intend to sweep of xp and go purely linux after your reply.

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    That looks like GRUB 2 to me... have you installed GRUB 2? I don't believe Mint 8 came with GRUB 2...

    Now if you could give us the results of:

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda
    you may need to use a different hard drive - like hda.
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    Post the output of these commands too
    Code:
    cat /etc/lsb-release
    lspci | grep -i vga
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