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JohnBonne
June 15th, 2011, 04:52 PM
I had Windows and Mint installed in a dual boot using Mint's installer. It was a dual install with Windows in the front of the partition. I installed Ubuntu in Windows place and now Ubuntu cannot find Mint.

I would like to find Mint to obtain some files I had there and to make the partition useable. Best would be to recover the Mint O/s intact and dual boot into it.

Someone out there have help?

Quackers
June 15th, 2011, 04:56 PM
Have you run
sudo update-grub in the terminal?
Does it pick up Linux Mint as grub.cfg is run?

TBABill
June 15th, 2011, 05:07 PM
And did you verify your partition layout after install to be sure you didn't install over something if Grub is actually seeing all partitions?

JohnBonne
June 15th, 2011, 05:29 PM
I tried several things. I updated Grub and I searched for a Mint in the launcher, I also tried to fing the partition several ways. Is there a way to detect the old install at all using softwares or a command line to find the old install. I have one last resort I know of. I will be right back.

JohnBonne
June 15th, 2011, 05:38 PM
============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================

=> Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 1 of
the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks
for (,msdos1)/boot/grub on this drive.
=> Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb.

sda1: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 11.04
Boot files: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img

sda2: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: Extended Partition
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sda5: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: swap
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sdb1: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows XP
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files:

sdb2: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: Extended Partition
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sdb5: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System:
Boot files:

sdb6: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows XP
Boot sector info: According to the info in the boot sector, sdb6 starts
at sector 63.
Operating System:
Boot files:

sdb7: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7
Boot sector info: According to the info in the boot sector, sdb7 starts
at sector 63.
Operating System:
Boot files:

sdb3: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System:
Boot files:

============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: sda __________________________________________________ ___________________

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

/dev/sda1 * 2,048 566,546,431 566,544,384 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 566,548,478 625,141,759 58,593,282 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 566,548,480 625,141,759 58,593,280 82 Linux swap / Solaris


Drive: sdb __________________________________________________ ___________________

Disk /dev/sdb: 1500.3 GB, 1500301908992 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 182401 cylinders, total 2930277166 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

/dev/sdb1 2,200,680,153 2,930,272,064 729,591,912 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
/dev/sdb2 84,550,095 2,200,680,089 2,116,129,995 f W95 Extended (LBA)
/dev/sdb5 84,550,158 91,008,224 6,458,067 83 Linux
/dev/sdb6 91,008,288 1,465,336,844 1,374,328,557 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
/dev/sdb7 1,465,336,908 2,200,680,089 735,343,182 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
/dev/sdb3 2,048 84,549,631 84,547,584 83 Linux


"blkid" output: __________________________________________________ ______________

Device UUID TYPE LABEL

/dev/sda1 fad75621-ce4f-4e1e-8e0f-ade58a4461e7 ext4
/dev/sda5 64bfc3e5-3ada-4be2-91d5-82b39ce12f1b swap
/dev/sdb1 01CBD0945E4134E0 ntfs
/dev/sdb3 5398b826-dc2f-4106-94a3-b0717b553e92 ext4
/dev/sdb5 eddbccae-e949-4ef5-8b04-83283b8dc2c0 ext4
/dev/sdb6 01CC23A0B75AEA30 ntfs
/dev/sdb7 8CC651E0C651CADA ntfs Drive 2

================================ Mount points: =================================

Device Mount_Point Type Options

/dev/sda1 / ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro,commit=0)
/dev/sdb1 /media/01CBD0945E4134E0 fuseblk (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,blksize=4096,default_ permissions)
/dev/sdb3 /media/5398b826-dc2f-4106-94a3-b0717b553e92 ext4 (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks)
/dev/sdb5 /media/eddbccae-e949-4ef5-8b04-83283b8dc2c0 ext4 (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks)
/dev/sdb6 /media/01CC23A0B75AEA30 fuseblk (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,blksize=4096,default_ permissions)
/dev/sdb7 /media/Drive 2 fuseblk (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,blksize=4096,default_ permissions)


=========================== sda1/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
#
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
#
# It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
#

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
set have_grubenv=true
load_env
fi
set default="0"
if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
save_env saved_entry
set prev_saved_entry=
save_env prev_saved_entry
set boot_once=true
fi

function savedefault {
if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
saved_entry="${chosen}"
save_env saved_entry
fi
}

function recordfail {
set recordfail=1
if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
}

function load_video {
insmod vbe
insmod vga
insmod video_bochs
insmod video_cirrus
}

insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(/dev/sda,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root fad75621-ce4f-4e1e-8e0f-ade58a4461e7
if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
set gfxmode=auto
load_video
insmod gfxterm
fi
terminal_output gfxterm
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(/dev/sda,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root fad75621-ce4f-4e1e-8e0f-ade58a4461e7
set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
set lang=en_US
insmod gettext
if [ "${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/light-gray
if background_color 44,0,30; then
clear
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
if [ ${recordfail} != 1 ]; then
if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
set linux_gfx_mode=keep
else
set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
else
set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
else
set linux_gfx_mode=keep
fi
else
set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
export linux_gfx_mode
if [ "$linux_gfx_mode" != "text" ]; then load_video; fi
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.38-8-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
set gfxpayload=$linux_gfx_mode
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(/dev/sda,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root fad75621-ce4f-4e1e-8e0f-ade58a4461e7
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic root=UUID=fad75621-ce4f-4e1e-8e0f-ade58a4461e7 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.38-8-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
set gfxpayload=$linux_gfx_mode
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(/dev/sda,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root fad75621-ce4f-4e1e-8e0f-ade58a4461e7
echo 'Loading Linux 2.6.38-8-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic root=UUID=fad75621-ce4f-4e1e-8e0f-ade58a4461e7 ro single
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-generic
}
### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(/dev/sda,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root fad75621-ce4f-4e1e-8e0f-ade58a4461e7
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
}
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(/dev/sda,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root fad75621-ce4f-4e1e-8e0f-ade58a4461e7
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
}
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
if [ "x${timeout}" != "x-1" ]; then
if keystatus; then
if keystatus --shift; then
set timeout=-1
else
set timeout=0
fi
else
if sleep --interruptible 3 ; then
set timeout=0
fi
fi
fi
### 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 ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
if [ -f $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
source $prefix/custom.cfg;
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

=============================== sda1/etc/fstab: ================================

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
# for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
# devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
UUID=fad75621-ce4f-4e1e-8e0f-ade58a4461e7 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=64bfc3e5-3ada-4be2-91d5-82b39ce12f1b none swap sw 0 0
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

=================== sda1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================

GiB - GB File Fragment(s)

72.135009766 = 77.454376960 boot/grub/core.img 1
72.137126923 = 77.456650240 boot/grub/grub.cfg 1
1.067607880 = 1.146335232 boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-generic 1
72.133281708 = 77.452521472 boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic 1
1.067607880 = 1.146335232 initrd.img 1
72.133281708 = 77.452521472 vmlinuz 1

========= Devices which don't seem to have a corresponding hard drive: =========

sdc

=============================== StdErr Messages: ===============================

unlzma: Decoder error


Here is the bootinfoscript information.

Quackers
June 15th, 2011, 06:40 PM
I don't see Mint anywhere on your boot script output :-(
Maybe you over-wrote it?
Where was it?

JohnBonne
June 15th, 2011, 08:40 PM
Thanks Quackers,

No, I didn't. Though I can't read it, I have a notion the boot summary is telling me there is no O/s on the Main Drive of the computer. According to the different Device readers have used Windows is installed on the main drive and Ubuntu is installed there as well. According to Supergrub I have Ubuntu installed on the 1.5 Terrabyte ED, but the Ubuntu install says Ubuntu is installed on that drive, usung the Drives Manager that comes with Ubuntu. Ubuntu wasn't installed on the Windows/Mint Drive but that drive was disconnected during the Ubuntu install, for when I disconnect the ED and boot it up, the Ubuntu splash screen comes up, but the o/s wont boot. At lest that's what I remember before the truck hit me.

Whether or not I like it, I have to install Windows again, and then Ubuntu alongside it, and a fresh install of Mint or Other system of my choosing then can be installed on the ED. I have looked at my options and I have decided to take this course, as I was always wanting Ubuntu on the Main HDD with Mint or Xbuntu installed on the slowest drive. I love Mint and though I have the disks for Edbuntu, Xbuntu, and Unix, may choose it after all.

It would be easier this way. I have not planned everything out but I will map everything and have disks to back me up in case of failure. this is happening because I didn't plan things well from the start, didn't know there were different boot loaders and they will not boot together and may install in a way that makes cross linking a problem. I thought this problem was a Windows thing and was solved a long time ago.

But...It would be easier if different flavors of Linux didn't come with different arguments.

JohnBonne
June 18th, 2011, 04:08 PM
Yep. Attention has to be paid to every detail during install to prevent over-writing of the operating systen and to make sure you have an O/s when installation is over. Each system has a different loader and a different way way to address hard disks.

I Even have had to write down the disk size to avoid writing to teh wrong hdd when installing. Microsoft is easier and I know its language or maybe because it has taken over most of these tasks for me since 3.1, I have allowed it to become grotesque.

Still working on it. I have Fedora installed and find it to be harder than Ubuntu, which is more user friendly. I will install Ubuntu later.

JohnBonne
June 26th, 2011, 04:45 PM
Or it has become grotesque. Just look at the different size of one to another.