Hi All, I hope this is not a redundant post or common issue, but I couldn't solve my issue myself or by searching other threads and google.

Yesterday I installed Windows 8 on a small partition, followed by Linux Mint 14 MATE on another small partition with plans to make the rest of the space shared. However, I never got a GRUB menu at startup! I tried following the instructions on the GRUB info page from google by doing something like:

# grub-install /dev/sda

but I don't really know my way around GRUB, and when I rebooted I just got the grub prompt that looked like


and I couldn't get out. I used the install USB I used to run Mint from USB, from which I did something like:

install -d /mnt/mount !!to create a mount point
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/mount !!sda1 is the Mint partition
grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/mount sda

This got me back where I started, and I don't want to risk losing computer access again, so I came for help! any advice would be appreciated.