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21st November 2007, 08:58 PM
I have checked around but, still puzzled as to a solution here

I installed LinuxMint on sda7 and during install the option to install grub on root wasn't there; at least I couldn't see it. So in Mint I have the boot folder of course but, no grub folder or menu.lst. Anyone know the solution. I'm looking at a modification of # grub-install /dev/hd0 but, am a bit afraid of screwing everything up.

Disk identifier: 0x0000752c

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

/dev/sda1 * 1 11473 92156841 7 HPFS/NTFS

/dev/sda2 11474 11664 1534207+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

/dev/sda3 11665 14214 20482875 83 Linux

/dev/sda4 14215 30401 130022077+ 5 Extended

/dev/sda5 14215 16126 15358108+ 83 Linux
(Fedora 8)
/dev/sda6 16127 17401 10241406 83 Linux (Ubuntu)

/dev/sda7 17402 18676 10241406 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 18677 19951 10241406 83 Linux

/dev/sda9 19952 20588 5116671 b W95 FAT32

/dev/sda10 20589 30401 78822891 7 HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/sdb: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes

255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders

Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Disk identifier: 0x00068165

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System

/dev/sdb1 * 1 3824 30716248+ 83 Linux

/dev/sdb2 3825 8286 35841015 83 Linux

/dev/sdb3 8287 30401 177638737+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

21st November 2007, 09:21 PM
Try Stevea's (post7) instructions: http://forums.fedoraforum.org/forum/showthread.php?t=169046 - make sure they're modified for your config, of course.

BTW, Mint sure does have grub; I'm using it to boot my distros. It's in there; worst case, reinstall and look around during the process for it. I think it's a part of the custom partitioning section.

21st November 2007, 09:30 PM
Actually you are the reason I'm trying it; I read one of your posts where you mentioned Mint favourably and thought I'd give it a try. I have a friend who is almost ready to give LInux a try and I want to be able to suggest an easy out of the box everything works distro. I have Ubuntu controlling the MBR. On the Mint install when it came to the bootloader part I couldn't seem to get past having Mint take over MBR. I wanted to put the loader on root of partition. I guess I must have missed something. I'll try again loading it.

21st November 2007, 09:51 PM
Well, Mint is an Ubuntu variant and Ubuntus love to control grub. Frankly, I'd let it happen since Debian distros have excellent recognition of other distros.

21st November 2007, 09:59 PM
Yes I thought of that it's just that I was considering Mint to be a temporary install and may put another distro over it in the future; was trying to avoid future messing with MBR control. Thanks Bob.

21st November 2007, 10:04 PM
Just one more tip; when you've got your menu.lst set up, print it off and keep it handy in case the next grub doesn't do as well recognizing your distros.

21st November 2007, 10:10 PM
Good advice Bob. Will do; or keep copies on my USB backups.

22nd November 2007, 06:26 PM
Hi Bob
I reloaded Mint as you suggested and there was no option to to put bootloader on Mint root. I really wanted to leave Ubuntu controlling MBR so I had a brain wave (don't have too many at this stage). I use Acronis True Image a lot and forgot that it backsup MBR so I just went to an older image and recovered the Ubuntu MBR then just put Mint's menu entry into Ubuntu's menu. Yeehaw. Bob's your uncle!!