I used a burn trial proggy from majorgeeks, but now I'm faced with this, from "make the disc bootable"
This is the file of boot sectors. It varies depending on the operating system you wish to boot into. You still need to ensure the operating system is present on the disk by adding the needed files.
Boot sector file: text box to type into, then a small box with "..." in it
below that line is a large box labeled "Extract Boot Sectors from an existing disk"
I'm a little lost. It's like they want me to define the boot sectors for mint on my flashdrive, but I'm not sure.
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I used "Express Burn Disc Burning Software Unlicensed trial version" and the advanced tab gave me the option to make the disc bootable.
OK, I managed to burn a boot disc from the plbpt ISO file, and I read that if it was an ISO burned as an image that I didn't need to make it "bootable" which was good as I never could get that sorted out to suit me. I guess it boots as the help section said it would, as it gives me a moving stars background, with a green box in the upper left that has:
HDA Partition 1
HDB Partition 2
and then it has, in different print, setup, about, shutdown, below the main choices.
When I set it to usb, I get a blue background and another green box that says "loading BHCI driver", but it never seems to load. When I use the arrows to make a choice, it gives me a dialog box that is very hard to read unless I look at the screen at an odd angle, then I can just make out what it says.
When I try to get it to load from my CD-ROM, it wants to do things to my C: drive, which makes me nervous.
Have I made any progress? Can I make Mint boot with this disc?
That was supposed to be plpbt ISO and I forgot to mention that I changed my boot order to CDROM, USB, Harddrive. Also, when the moving stars screen starts up, HDA PARTITION 1 is blinking in yellow. I'm not sure if any of that is relevant, but I thought I'd put it out there for the sake of completeness.
When it is on HDB it is also a 1 so HDB PARTITION 1 (not 2 like i had posted earlier)
Obviously, USB should be the menu choice you want when you boot with that CD you made. I don't know why it's not working... perhaps the Mint installation to your USB stick isn't right after all.
I did a complete new install of mint...which acted the same as the rest.
Then I went to xbmc-Eden_beta3-xmbcbuntu as it was supposed to be a good one for usb installs (I guess) but it still won't boot for me. I'm starting to wonder about my flashdrive and if it has some proprietary stuff causing trouble or something such as that. For whatever reason, no Linux for me.
I've had issues before where I had to connect the USB drive while the system was running and then reboot before it could be found in any of the boot device settings in BIOS. Another one needed me to go into the boot device menu and change the hard drive from the actual hdd to the USB drive before it would boot.
That's of course assuming there's nothing wrong with either the USB drive itself or how it was set up.
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This Asus P7P55D-E PRO board I have here will not even show a bootable USB drive anywhere in the Boot Device Priority section (even if the drive was plugged in at bootup)
You have to go into the Hard Disk Drive section and it will be listed (by name) and you will have to move it up to the top of the list before you would be able to boot from it.
My board is an old DFI lanparty ut rdx200 that lists usb-cd as one of it's options. I currently have my boot order as that first, then cd, then hd. I'll have to look at my bios closely and see if there's something about naming the device by name. Also every time I've done an install, all of the files look to be there (including this most recent one, which is still there) but the only offers to boot have come from the mint boot disk I made, which fail to boot every time. I've never had any trouble with the flashdrive which is a PNY Atache. I do wonder why my bios says USB-cd instead of just USB? Maybe that's at the root of my problems.
That was it exactly MH. I went into the bios page before the boot order and set priorities by name and then this ubuntu beta install just booted right up. I bet every install I've done so far would have worked fine had I done that to begin with. The manual is not clear about that process at all. The manual makes it sound like if you've got the boot order set up right it will work, but the naming biz is actually critical.
Now that I've booted into ubuntu, nothing is loaded and I'm not sure how to surf the net. Any more tips for a newb?
I'm not sure that this ubuntu install is the best choice for a newb. I'm starting to lean toward re-doing the install back to Mint 12 (lisa) as I think it might be more user friendly to people who barely have a clue what they're doing. I think I need a packaged distro. If I do go back to Mint 12, do most things work right out of the box?
Spoke to my mate, who I remember did all this, he spent a lot of time trying to get a bootable Mint USB stick up and running using various instructions from around the web (pendrivelinux was one) and he never succeeded either. He's had successive modern hardwares during his attempts.
This is now coming to you from a fresh install of Mint 12 booted from flashdrive. I had to mess with it a little, and boot into compatibility mode, but it's working nice right out of the box. +
Thanks guys...I'm glad to be back at some linux again. I've got the sun version of the GKrellm in my download file, but don't quite know how to install it. Also not sure if I have to have GKrellm first and the thing I want is actually an add-on to it.
I also downloaded and unzipped the black-background GKRellm and put it and the sun app on my desktop, but I can't quite sort out how to use them. Is this a ton of reading kind of thing, or am I just missing something simple? I think once I've added a thing or two to the stock programs, I may know enough to try messing with other downloads.
Well those are plugins for GKRellm so you'd have to have GKRellm up and running first. Then in the plugin tar.gz (zip file) file you downloaded it's got install instructions.
What basic steps would somebody use to get GKrellm up and running in mint 12? (if they're even compatible)
Now I'm going to boot back into mint and it wants a username and password, but I never created any???
You search the Mint repositories and community forums, and learn what Mints package manager is about and how to use it. But this should get you started (click install and and Apt should start up): http://community.linuxmint.com/software/view/gkrellm
try username = mint and leave the password blank.
I keep getting invalid password, please try again, though I never intentionally set a password. Some forum suggestions were root-root, Mint-Mint, and Mint-mint,but nothing will let me in and there's no bottom or top panels...offers me, gnome, gnome classic, and gnome classic (no effects) and that's it. How do I get back in?
Thanks BH...that gets me a black screen for a sec, then back to "Other" at the sign in spot
Last edited by Tuffies Son; 03-03-2012 at 04:41 PM.
try that and you'll know for certain whether you did one by accident or not, if you didn't follow the onscreen instructions and write what you put down
where do I type that in BH? All I have is a signin screen?
BTW it had been letting me in without a signin screen as it had a "user" or some such launch up in the top right hand corner...I can't imagine how I would have created a pw???
Last edited by Tuffies Son; 03-03-2012 at 04:49 PM.
At the login screen try Ctrl + Alt + F1 and with a bit of luck it gets you to a virtual console to type shit in
That got me a full black screen with lots of text and the last bit about www.linuxmint.com or something like that. I typed in exactly what you put for the pendrive root pw, but got no such file or directory. I ended up rebooting to get back to the login screen, but the pw must be other than blank...not sure.
I did the cont-alt-f1 again and what I get for a dialog box says; mint@mint (in green letters where most are all white) then a space, a blue infinity sign a space a blue dollar sign and a blinking white cursor. Is there anything I can type in there to help with this?
I got to the cont-alt-f1 again and am pretty sure I've installed the gkrellm, but I still can't get passed the initial start screen where it seems that I need exactly the default pw. I'm not sure what to try to get me by the login???
I'm at the "Welcome to Linux Mint" start screen. it offers "press [tab] to edit options" and I'm wondering if I can do things from that that could help me out?
Last edited by Tuffies Son; 03-04-2012 at 12:02 AM.
I'm back on linux...re-installed the iso...not sure what happened last time, but I think I better see about setting that password so that doesn't happen again.
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I think what I did wrong last time was that I logged off of the system before I shut it down and before I set a pw. I'm going slower this time and so far have the gkrellm installed and working fine. I'd like to learn more about "package handler" I think it was, and also how to properly set my pw and change my wallpaper. I've looked around but don't really see a good place for "how-to's" though I'm sure there must be one. Also, if there's any Mint 12 users out there, I'd love to get any tips that would teach me some things, but are not risky for screwing up the whole install. If I could get any minor programs, apps, tweaks, etc. that I should have anyway that would also teach me stuff as I did it, I'd much appreciate it. Thanks guys for all the help so far.
That's great BH...what a coincidence, as I'd just found and registered in the community section, immediately before I read this post. I think I'll go for a wallpaper change and see how that goes.
A lot of the simpler tasks aren't that dissimilar to Windows, it's all GUI operated and layed out easy style so you can find stuff (like right click on the desktop, etc). The more you get stuck in the quicker you grasp how things work. It's the same for everyone.