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 Post subject: [SOLVED] Failed to install boot loader. What should I do?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:47 am 
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Hi,

I'm installing Peppermint onto my Windows laptop.

I think I've thoroughly followed their instruction [*1]. The installation seemed impressively smooth.

My HDD partition table is something like this [*2]:
[ Windows Recovery (diag, 12GB) | System (diag, boot 0.3GB) | Windows 7 (190GB) | Peppermint (40GB, ext4) ]

After the whole installation process and rebooting the system, however, my computer still boots up with Microsoft MBR that doesn't have any option to select Peppermint.

So, how can I
1. install GRUB [*3] or
2. add Peppermint into my Microsoft MBR?


Please advise. Thanks,

Culip

*1 enginerd. "How To Dual-Boot Windows and Peppermint". 30 May 2010.
http://peppermintos.net/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=204
*2 Since my laptop doesn't have a DVD drive, its Windows recovery disc is stored in the internal HDD.
*3 Please note that I can't launch Peppermint from my hard drive. But I can use Windows or any LiveCD OS.


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 Post subject: Re: Failed to Install Boot Loader. What Should I do?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:01 am 
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Hi culip

pressing the shift key during boot up should show up the grub menu



Good luck




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 Post subject: Re: Failed to Install Boot Loader. What Should I do?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:12 am 
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Have a lok here it explaines how to accept the EULA

http://askubuntu.com/questions/16225/how-can-i-accept-microsoft-eula-agreement-for-ttf-mscorefonts-installer


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 Post subject: Re: Failed to Install Boot Loader. What Should I do?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:46 am 
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Thanks for your quick responding, Emegra :)

Press [Shift] during boot up

=> I just tried it but didn't work . . . just Panasonic logo (BIOS) and Windows Boot Manager appear.

I don't even know whether Grub has really been installed. Maybe I can see files inside my hard drive from a LiveCD Linux.

Thanks,
Culip


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 Post subject: Re: Failed to install boot loader. What should I do?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:03 am 
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Quote:
2. EULA

=> Wait, I didn't see this dialog! As a matter of fact I was taking a shower while installing Peppermint. Should I retry it?



Sorry ignore that I posted thst in the wring thread


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 Post subject: Re: Failed to install boot loader. What should I do?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:15 am 
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GRUB should have been installed during installation, as far as I know it can be installed after installation, but I'm really not competent enough to talk you through it, it would be better to wait until someone more savvy comes along to advise you further


sorry I couldn't be more help





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 Post subject: Re: Failed to install boot loader. What should I do?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:02 am 
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OK, which would you rather do

a) add Peppermint to the Windows bootloader
or
b) Install GRUB and use that to boot Peppermint and Windows ?

if (b) can you boot a LiveCD/LiveUSB, then open a terminal and post the output from:
Code:
sudo fdisk -l

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 Post subject: Re: Failed to install boot loader. What should I do?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:40 pm 
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Thanks for your support, PCNetSpec and Emegra :)

Microsoft MBR vs GRUB . . . either way. The safer the better. But perhaps GRUB may sound better since it's free thus easier to troubleshoot.

Now I'm writing this on Peppermint LiveUSB with the same laptop.

Code:
peppermint@peppermint ~ $ sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders, total 488397168 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: 0xccdcbc2b

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1            2048    24578047    12288000   27  Hidden NTFS WinRE
/dev/sda2   *    24578048    25192447      307200   27  Hidden NTFS WinRE
/dev/sda3        25192448   402679807   188743680    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda4       402679808   488396799    42858496   83  Linux

Disk /dev/sdb: 8019 MB, 8019509248 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 974 cylinders, total 15663104 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: 0x00000000

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *        2048    15663103     7830528    b  W95 FAT32


This matches with what I talked about my HDD's partition table in my initial post. /dev/sdb is the USB thumb drive.

Also, strictly speaking, my Peppermint LiveUSB is not the latest one but I don't think it really matters. The online update was enabled during the installation.
Code:
$ uname -a
Linux peppermint 3.8.0-33-generic #48-Ubuntu SMP Wed Oct 23 09:16:58 UTC 2013 x86_64 ...


Thanks! ;-)
-Culip


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 Post subject: Re: Failed to install boot loader. What should I do?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:54 pm 
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Hmm .. did you manually set up the partitions during the install ? .. reason I ask is you have no swap partition.

There are 2 ways we can fix this

a) delete the linux partition, then reinstall .. Peppermint should automagically do all the partitioning for you and install GRUB for you.

or

b) manually install GRUB, then manually create a swap "file" as opposed to the more normal swap "partition"

Personally I'd say go with the first option.

Is there any reason you'd be against reinstalling Peppermint ? .. if not, let me know and I'll tell you what to do next.

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 Post subject: Re: Failed to install boot loader. What should I do?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:30 pm 
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Thanks for your quick responding, PCNetSpec :D

Yes, I failed to create a swap partition because I couldn't make the 5th partition in the HDD from gparted:
Image

Besides, I couldn't make a swap partition in the empty area from the Peppermint installer:
Image

But yeah, I think I should make a swap partition/area even though I have an abundant capacity of RAM (6GB).

Also, I don't want to delete the first three partitions (Windows and its recovery data)--if I need to, probably I better install Peppermint via Wubi but it will be the worst available option... (In fact, I used to use Kubuntu on Wubi, but Windows in the same partition died. I need to bury Kubuntu alive. Oh well.)

Thanks in advance,

-Culip


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