"…Then, I have decided to divide the hdd between three os’s instead: Windows 8.1, Linux mint and Fedora as something different. Hopefully this goes to plan. There are aspects of partitioning and allocating os “stuff” that I’m not sure but I’m sure I will figure it out :P” - via this post
I ended up with one os: …Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (Precise Pangolin). -Which is a slightly buggy install, but otherwise, functioning.
It’s a confusing and highly frustrating tale about an over-confident/silly person’s attempt to wipe an entire hdd and install three operating systems in separate partitions - None of which ended up installed at all, in the slightest.
I will edit this post later, at a time when I’m not preparing to go to work (Like now, duh.) and share the details of this mishap in the hopes that someone else can learn from my experience -although in saying this, I’m not exactly sure what I have learnt either because I haven’t researched properly into what I had done wrong exactly… (edit 13/3/14) ESPECIALLY after reading a few articles like this and considering the fact I had done the same thing to my macbook (which I forgot till now) and it worked! No bugs or glitches either.
So what happened exactly?
First I loaded my Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (Precise Pangolin) live disk. I had no intention of installing it, I was just using it for GParted, in order to partition the disk. I divided my 300gb (298gb according to GParted or 305gb according to Ubuntu] roughly into three and formatted each partition to NTFS. Easy-peasy.
After exiting GParted, then resetting my pc, I loaded my copy of Windows 8.0 and chose advanced options in order to choose the partition I wanted to install it on. This didn’t work. It turns out Windows needed the first partition of the HDD unformatted in order to install itself, however, I didn’t figure this out until after I cracked it and wiped the entire HDD, leaving it unformatted. I figured, I would be able to partition it again later. Windows installed itself on the entire HDD, I booted in.
I am fairly certain that the install disk had no bugs as my previous Windows install worked flawlessly. This install however, was a joke = Slow to load, wouldn’t install any updates for itself and for some reason, was displaying the old Windows 7 loading screen instead of the Windows 8 loading screen.
I once again, reset the pc, loaded Ubuntu install disk into the tray, the live disk wouldn’t boot.
I checked my bios settings. Still the same as always, with the dvd drive as first boot priority, the 300gb HDD second. Booted it again, no luck. I have no idea why this happened. I decided to keep the Ubuntu live disk inserted and load into windows, in the hope I could somehow enter the os from there. Not quite, but Ubuntu did come with a “boot helper” that I installed from Windows 8. I reset the pc, booted into the disk and wiped the HDD yet again and partitioned it into three separate partitions.
After that, I had decided I would put Windows aside to figure out later. I then decided to try installing Fedora 20. I had never tried Fedora before and it’s installation process was slightly different to what I was used to with Mint and Ubuntu. I assigned it to a partition and waited for it to install. Halfway through the installation process, a critical error pops up, ending the installation process around where it was installing the bootloader or something. I decided this was a fluke, wiped that section of HDD, leaving it formatless, installed it again. The same thing happens. Remove the partitions from the HDD, leave it formattless and attempt to install again, same error.
At this point I’m stumped, so again, another wiping of said HDD (I’m sure this is degrading the quality of my HDD but it has to be done) and this time, I choose to leave it as one big, formattless partition and install Linux mint 16 Petra instead. If I could get at least one os to install I would be happy. Again, no such luck. Mint crashes at a similar point, when it was trying to install a “dummy boot loader” or something along the lines. I swear, whatever it was, it had the words “boot” and “dummy” in it.
At this point, I am fed up, almost convinced my pc is broken beyond repair. I wiped it again. Yes again and booted and installed Ubuntu as my last hope.
The installation claimed it went without a hitch so relieved, I reset the pc and eject the live disk.
NOPE! The grub boot loader shows up but not to help select which os to boot from, rather to tell me there was an error. BAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
The difference here is that Ubuntu has more than enough documentation to help fix various problems one my come across so I found an option to repair the bootloader and BAM! Problem solved! OS installed! Yay to no more panicking about broken pcs!
…Except I achieved nothing close to what I originally wanted. Ha! Fun stuff. I am still looking into why this happened.
For now, I’ll stick with Ubuntu and choose to end this post with a screenshot of my Ubuntu install! It is customised to resemble my previous Mint install because I can’t stand Unity’s GUI (Yay for Cinnamon!). I wish I could capture the open menu but my screenshot app won’t let me do that.
I FIXED IT! Easy-peasy! (See previous post)
If you are like me and have deleted your linux partition and instead of having your computer boot into Windows 8.1 are prompted with a “Grub rescue" screen here’s what you do:
❀ Locate your Windows 8.0 install disk/usb/whatever (8.1 was a free download, therefore there was no disk for it) Don’t worry about serial codes or anything “flash” just find the bloody thing!
❀ Boot your computer using said disk/usb/whatever.
You may need to change your bios settings to boot from the install disk/usb/whatever as first priority rather than the hdd your trapped windows install is on, if you haven’t already done so and these settings differ from pc to pc. My pc is automatically set to boot from a cd or usb if inserted because I muck around with live disks A LOT!
❀ The windows install disk will load (It takes a while), after it is finished, you will be prompted with a screen asking you to pick a language. Pick your language, click next, which will take you to a “install windows” screen.
You don’t want to “install windows” as you already have Windows silly! (I’m assuming if you are reading this) It’s just hiding! In smaller writing, in the bottom left corner of the screen is the option “repair your computer”. Click this instead… I don’t know why the disk was designed to look this way but it is rather annoying.
❀ You will then be taken to a “choose an option" screen. Click “Troubleshoot" (The obvious choice given you don’t want to turn off your pc at this point).
❀ On the “Troubleshoot” screen, click “Advanced options”. Refreshing or resetting your pc is not going to help you so don’t bother clicking them.
❀ On the “Advanced options” screen, click “Command prompt”.
- Don’t be put off by the fact your going into the “command prompt screen” (because that is what we’re doing here, incase you haven’t noticed :P) as some people, particularly n00bs do get daunted by this. Just don’t go mucking around in here! Do as I say or rather “type” and everything will be peachy keen.
…I am assuming if you are reading this anyway that since you installed a linux distro with a grub bootloader in the first place that you won’t be too phased by a command prompt anyway considering- I could be wrong about that but anyway MOVING ON…
❀ The command prompt screen will pop up in a new window of it’s own. In said command prompt screen, type exactly as I have written here (within the quotation marks):
“bootrec.exe /FixMbr" -This includes a space and capitals.
Then press enter. The command prompt will reply with “The operation completed successfully.” -Assuming you typed in exactly what I said and there aren’t any further issues other than what this tutorial covers.
By doing this, you are writing a windows master boot record (Mbr) to your system’s partition. This will remove the Grub bootloader, which was looking for the missing linux partition. You should be booting from your windows partition once again! Yay! There are no repercussions of using this command, even if there is no problem with your mbr in the first place, this just overwrites it, but if that’s the case, I’d be asking “why are you here in the first place?”. Just letting you know.
❀ To exit the command prompt, simply type “exit”. This will take you back to the “Troubleshoot" screen, where you can turn off your computer in order to restart it.
Make sure at some point during the shut down process you take out the Windows disk/usb/whatever, then once turning back on the computer, change the boot order back to the partition in which the Windows os was installed on in the first place, otherwise you’ll either just boot through the disk again or Windows still won’t boot.
AND WALLAH! You should now boot back into your Window’s 8.1 partition!
This may not work for everyone, in which case you may need to dig further across the internetz to find your answer. Hopefully though, this comes across as easy enough to understand and does in fact work for you as it did for me. I do ramble a lot though >.<
I’m pretty sure I didn’t install Mint correctly.
Rookie mistake (-Or rather, one of those lazy, “herpa derpa” mistakes) :
When they tell you to check the MD5 signature of the iso disk you just burned, you better darn well CHECK the MD5 signature of that disk you just burned! (…Is it burned or burnt?) -I mean, especially considering I was plastered when I created the thing! What was I thinking??? -Clearly I wasn’t thinking… That and I was excited to install it. …*derps*.
The install had quite a few odd bugs here and there, mostly certain menus popping up with no text in them. I could be wrong but this has happened to me before when I installed Mint on a once internal made external hdd (From my first, dead pc *sniffle*) and the power cord wasn’t plugged in all the way or the usb cord part wasn’t plugged in (I forget which), causing the same thing to happen - menus with no text, difficult to exit out of ect… This suggests to me that the install disk had errors because perhaps there was data missing from it resulting in “phantom windows”.
It’s either that, or the partition I allocated for it was too small…It was running a bit slow. The instructions did say that it at least had to be allocated 6.5Gbs of hdd space, so I gave it 20gbs, out of the 300gbs I supposably have. 150gbs was already allocated to Windows 8.1 and I wanted a spare partition with no OS on it to store “junk” -That I figured “Hey, if anything goes wrong, It’s only 20gb and I can just delete it! He-he!”
While, yes you can delete the partition, somewhere, lurking around the hdd is the stupid grub bootloader looking for the missing partition it will never find because it’s long gone now and while it’s confused about that, you don’t get to boot into your other os/’s = That is your punishment for deleting Linux and being a n00b!
…Although apparently this can happen if you alter the partitions in any way… So yeah, you get punished for altering shit too. *Double-derp*
-Okay this is a bit over the top >.<. What I am saying in short; I have short term, “stuffed” my pc so it may take a while for more Mint customisation haps to be posted. I do know in theory how to fix this problem (it’s not actually “stuffed”, I just like saying “stuffed”), I’m just yet to try it. (-Something I will post if it works for other n00bs.)
Once I am able to boot into my Windows 8.1 partition (I hopes), I actually plan to wipe the whole hdd and start fresh anyway, I just need to check what apps in windows I would like to keep and re-download them so it’s easier figuring out what I need later when I do the fresh install. The hdd has some random partitions that don’t need to be there and are taking up valuable real estate, like a windows 7 recovery partition for example.
Then, I have decided to divide the hdd between three os’s instead: Windows 8.1, Linux mint and Fedora as something different. Hopefully this goes to plan. There are aspects of partitioning and allocating os “stuff” that I’m not sure but I’m sure I will figure it out :P
While I’m fixing this, there probably won’t be any new Art or customisations for a while -Not that the problem will take long to fix but rather, the burning of new disks, the re-installs, the customising, my job, the fact that the boyfriend that doesn’t enjoy playing around with computers as much as I do, therefore all computer play and talk must cease when he gets home (unless of course I’m fixing his) = these are all time consuming factors.
…It also takes me uber-long to write a post this size. I backtrack and delete a lot! *Triple-derp*.
I will write up a new post when I can, hopefully detailing wether this project was successful or not.
In your Chrome browser, type “chrome://flags/”, hunt for “enable rich desktop notifications” and click “disable”.
If google thinks they have the power to install whatever crapware they like on my machine, they are dead wrong. I make it a personal mission of mine to get rid of any add ons I disagree with, even if this means un-installing an entire program just to avoid one single feature.
-Sorry about the rant. I just don’t particularly enjoy finding things sneakily installed on my computer, especially when they have come from a supposably “trusted” vendor.
The worst part is that there isn’t a straight forward way to un-install said feature! -Hence why I thought I would share some knowledge.
SPREAD THE WORD!