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  1. #1

    Linux Mint DISK BOOT FAILURE after install

    So, this is my first attempt at a Linux install.....
    -Formated the drive using XP Recovery option
    -Donloaded and burned Mint .iso image to dvd on another computer.
    - Had issues getting it to load, which apparantly is an Nvidia driver issue.
    - Used "e" to get into setup options. Nut sure if this is the GRUB menu. Added i915.modeset=0 xforcevesa to the line under setup.

    Setup seemed to go fine. Loaded files and ran through all the prompts. When the files are done loading, my monitor goes black with the red indicator light blinking like there is no signal.

    When I try to boot up from HDD, I get DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK..... ect.

    I have made sure that the drive priority is set correctly, and is being recognized.
    I tried to re-run the install, however Mint setup says that it is already installed on that directory.

    I know the drive works, as I just had XP installed on it earlier.

    Any ideas?


  2. #2
    Linux Guru Jonathan183's Avatar
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    boot from the Mint dvd and post the output of
    sudo fdisk -l
    sudo blkid
    When you installed Mint did you select install grub to the MBR ? Also what version of LinuxMint are you trying to install?

  3. #3
    It's Mint 12. Where would I find that output? I didn't see any option to install grub to the MBR, at what point would I come across that? Sorry, I'm completely new to Linux.


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    Linux Guru Jonathan183's Avatar
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    Just looked at the latest version of the user guide and it does not look as though you are prompted for where to install grub ...
    You need to open a terminal and type in the commands ... click the menu button (bottom left) and terminal should be one of the options ...

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    Below is the code output.

    mint@mint ~/Desktop $ sudo fdisk -l
    Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders, total 156301488 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000c9b9c
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1            2048    29296639    14647296   83  Linux
    mint@mint ~/Desktop $ sudo blkid
    /dev/loop0: TYPE="squashfs" 
    /dev/sda1: UUID="4a3fe1a7-28ac-4f0a-832c-c16a846388d6" TYPE="ext4"

    mint@mint ~/Desktop $ lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8366/A/7 [Apollo KT266/A/333]
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8366/A/7 [Apollo KT266/A/333 AGP]
    00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80)
    00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80)
    00:10.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 80)
    00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 82)
    00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8235 ISA Bridge
    00:11.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
    00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 50)
    00:12.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 74)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Trident Microsystems XGI Volari XP5 (rev 02)
    Last edited by MikeTbob; 12-18-2011 at 06:47 AM. Reason: Added Code Tags

  7. #6
    Good news, got it up and running. In the partition menu during install, I had grub pointed to the general device and not to the root partition. Once I pointed it to the right partition, it finished the install, and rebooted right up. Thanks for the help.

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