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Help with dual boot win7 & Mint15 – grub prompt issue

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Apologies for the wall of text.

Ok so first things first, I’m a linux newbie. I did some research on the web and decided to try ubuntu 13.10 and Mint 15 as VMs using VMware Player. I liked Mint 15 and decided to dual boot it alongside my existing windows 7 install and try to persuade the wife to try it. I have run into a problem that has me stumped and going through all the various guides on the web has gotten me nowhere.

I initially followed this guide that installed grub on a separate partition (/boot) and used EasyBCD to chainload Mint from the windows bootloader. This preserved the original windows files in case I wanted to delete Mint without any issues. Needless to say luck was not with me and it didn’t work. Everything went smoothly until I tried to boot into Mint and got the Grub> prompt.

Unsure as to the problem I found another guide showing me how to manually boot into the os, which I did, and reconfigure grub, which I failed to do. Some of the commands were unrecognised frown.gif

So I tried again using the same guide to make sure that I had done everything right, especially the selection for ‘device for bootloader instalation’ option. (after each failed install I deleted the volume on the newly created partition so that I didn’t try to install a second version of Mint). Still no luck.

After even more reading I decided to try and install without the /boot partition and have the ‘device for bootloader installation’ pointing to /. This didn’t work either.

Soooo, more reading. Now I tried the basic ‘install alongside windows7’ option, following the guide on the NeoSmart Knowledgebase for EasyBCD. Thinking that this would install grub over the windows boot loader which I could fix using EasyBCD. Still no luck.

Thinking that maybe there was an issue with the iso I tried to install Ubuntu but ran into even more problems when the installer didn’t even recognise that Windows 7 was already installed. Using the ‘something else’ option I managed to complete the install but still ran into the same grub> prompt.

I have now deleted the new partitions are resized the windows partition back to the full disc size until I can figure out what is going wrong.

I have noticed that my windows installation does not have a system reserved partition, just a single partition:



Is this a problem? If so how can I create a system reserved partition and move the boot loader files to it?

Is this a UEFI issue? Looking at the UEFI BIOS the Boot Mode Selection is set to UEFI and Legacy and Intel Rapid Start is disabled. Can’t see anything else that might be an issue (no secure boot options)

If anyone can help me it would be very much appreciated.
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did you install mint from within windows??

the way i did it was to run a live ISO (USB installer) and follow the prompts being careful to place the /boot flag on the main boot disc

anytime i got into trouble i just ran...

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair

and followed the prompts
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did you install mint from within windows??

the way i did it was to run a live ISO (USB installer) and follow the prompts being careful to place the /boot flag on the main boot disc

anytime i got into trouble i just ran...

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair

and followed the prompts

I inserted the disc with the iso image on it, closed the pop-up and restarted the pc to boot from the disc and install from there. Should I try running the disc when still in windows?

At work atm but I'll try installing again tonight and using boot-repair so see if that fixes the problem. I see this as a challenge to get it working but I can also see how people could be put off when it doesn't just work.

I'm still not convinced that I'm not missing something simple.
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Update: I have Linux Mint 15 installed and working. Yay!

I decided to reinstall Win7 on an unpartitioned drive to force the installation to include the 100MB system reserved partition as I thought that this was partly responsible for my problems. I then had to use fixparts twice and boot repair before the linux install would recognise that windows was already installed. Then had to use boot repair again to re-install grub so that I could boot into Mint. Glad I managed to do it but think that it could have been less complicated.

Looking forward to finding my way about Linux.

Thanks to Phill for the boot repair tip, +rep
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