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Windows 7: Dual boot Mint 9 with Win 7

01 Jul 2010   #1
testmaniac

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 
Dual boot Mint 9 with Win 7

Hi guys,

I am having an issue with getting Linux Mint 9 dual boot with Win 7 utilizing EasyBCD.

The equipment is an outdated Dell 8400 with a single WD 1 TB hdd. I have four partitions on this drive; Linux Primary partition 125 GB, Linux swap partition 4 GB and two Win 7 partitions (100 MB and the main partition ~865 GB).

I am intrigued by testing various various dual boot o/s combos. The combo of Win7 followed by Linux Mint 9 (utilizing Linux boot loader) went great without any problems.

In my next testing stage, I loaded Mint 9 first and then Win 7. I downloaded EasyBCD which I have used in my dual boot with Win 7 and XP.

Running EasyBCD I enter the "Add/Remove Entries". Clicking on the Linux entry tab I chose "Grub" as my version. The drive chosen is the main "Linux native 125 GB".
Clicked on the "Add Entry" and saved the entry.

"View Settings" shows two separate entries; Win 7 and Mint 9. The bootloader path for Mint 9 is "\NST\nst_grub.mbr " which I know is not correct since when I reboot I get two os options. Clicking on Mint 9, the message displayed reads: "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware/software change might be the cause..."

Clicking on the Win7 option works since it is the current boot loader.

How do I fix my problem? Thanks.:)


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01 Jul 2010   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

It's been a few years since I did much with Linux. But I'd hazard a guess the problem is Windows doesn't know about Linux, but Linux knows about Windows.

Seems to me when I used a Dos/Windows booting utility, I still had Grub on the partition with the Linux kernel. So the machine booted into Boot Magic or whatever is was called, but when I selected Linux I got Grub which then gave me Linux booting options such as which kernel build etc..

I think Windows still sees Linux type partitions as "unknown". You are prolly better off just using Linux stuff to boot everything.
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02 Jul 2010   #3
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

For support on EasyBCD, you should go to their product forums -- at NeoSmart Technologies. They have support forums as well as FAQs.
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02 Jul 2010   #4
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

mint has always been my favorite, im thinking of installing on my labtop.
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02 Jul 2010   #5
housry23

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Install it using Mint4Win. It is on the iso if you mount it in a virtualization software like Daemon Tools. It installs Mint 9 just like any other Windows app and you can uninstall at anytime. You will get a choice to boot to Mint or Windows 7. I find it easier for me this way and easier to get rid of if I decide I don't want it.
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02 Jul 2010   #6
WiFi Ed

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1, Ubuntu 11.04 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by testmaniac View Post

Running EasyBCD I enter the "Add/Remove Entries". Clicking on the Linux entry tab I chose "Grub" as my version. The drive chosen is the main "Linux native 125 GB".
Clicked on the "Add Entry" and saved the entry.
Doesn't Mint 9 use Grub 2? If so, I'm pretty sure EasyBCD has that choice in its drop-down menu.
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02 Jul 2010   #7
testmaniac

Win 7 Ultimate
 
 

Fantastic help guys. Thanks very much.
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