I've been in the mint forum above, and and they gave me the information
I got the computer to restart by pressing alt ctrl sysrq and typing REISUB
However, I still have the same results. After looking at the files running mint live, in the partition I thought I'd installed it in, It shows, the files, but when I click on home, there is nothing else there, no other files. If I try to open the boot file, bin, dev, etc, and so on, they have files in them. In the boot file there is an efi file, grub, and 8 other files. In grub, I have fonts, locale, x86_64-efi, grub.cfg, grubenv, and unicode.pf2. The first 3 are colored, and the last 3 are not. There are 281 items in the boot file, and 47.4 MiB in it. I"m not sure I've made a good install on the home file either, but I might have. I've ordered some disks from osdisk, in case I had problems with the download, or burn. Gparted shows sda8 now had 4.17 GiB used instead of 3.45MiB, so some of it is there. The boot partition sda2 only show 55.92 MiB, up from 52.58 MiB. I'm not sure, but I think that tells me the grub isn't installed. Then my home sda12 has 3,27GiB used, the same as before. Not sure if that should have went up or not. I'm wondering if the secure boot is turned off, even tho it says it is. Sometimes, when I try to run a live disk, rescue disk, and zorin I get the message "Atapi CDRom: MATbleepA DVDRam UJ8E1 has been blocked by the current security policy" . I think that's telling me something is stopping it from running. Sometimes nothing at all happens. If I run a live disk from a 32 bit operating system, nothing at all happens.
I've been real reluctant to do anything in the terminal for some reason, but I will try if you want. Or I can wait til I get the disks I ordered. I'm also thinking I should maybe make sure secure boot is off. It says it is, I just rechecked. And, do I need to mount the drives, except maybe sda2, as they are all flagged as they should be.
You didn't really answer the question that I asked in my previous post. When you reboot, is Grub loading up with menu entries at all?
The REISUB command is used to force a safe reboot when the system is locked up, so issuing this command during the install process just reboots the machine before the installation is complete. However, issuing this command at the end of the installation (after Mint asks you to eject the CD and press enter) should be safe and not cause any issues with the installation process, as long as Mint does not try to do any post-installation configuration beyond this point. While magic SysRQ commands are useful, I don't recommend a novice user plays with them.
Are there folders created in your home directory located on /dev/sda12? I believe Mint automatically creates some directories in your home folder. Not having any files (other than folders) in your home directory after the installation is normal, unless you tried using a pre-existing home directory that had your personal files stored on it.
Make sure when looking at your boot directory that you're really looking at /dev/sda2. Based on the files you found in /dev/sda2, it seems like Grub is installed. However, that does not mean Grub was correctly configured during the installation process. Also, if you reboot and don't see a Grub menu at all, then that means the bootloader was likely installed on the wrong drive.
The instructions I posted are just a simple way to get back into your Mint installation from a LiveCD so you can reinstall and configure Grub manually. From the LiveCD, all of your drives for the Mint installation should be mounted as I showed you. This just emulates mounting your partitions for the installation to the correct mount points, like what would be done for you during the boot process. Once the drives are all mounted correctly, you can chroot into the actual installation and reinstall Grub.
To recap, you will want to do the following:
- Boot into a LiveCD (Mint Live);
- Follow my instructions in the post above to the letter. Just copy/paste the commands one at a time;
- Once you have completed all of the steps, properly exit your chroot environment by typing "exit" and then reboot the computer;
The above instructions will do the following:
- Mount the Mint installation partitions so you can properly chroot into the environment;
- Chroot into the Mint Installation so you can work with it as a running system;
- Verify all packages required to correctly configure Grub are installed;
- Install Grub to the correct drive (Since /dev/sda2 is now mounted as /boot in your running installation);
- Configure Grub and automatically detect installed operating systems;
Following these steps will ensure that Grub is installed correctly and has a proper configuration. You should now be able to select between Windows and Mint when you reboot your computer. However, if you are still unable to boot into Mint after following my instructions, you might be better off just reinstalling with a new (verified) CD.
Finally, I don't think you can boot into Windows 8 without enabling secure boot. Don't quote me on this since I am not a "Windows guy", but I am pretty sure Windows 8 will expect secure boot to be enabled or it will just fail to boot with a security warning. I am unsure if you can change this behavior by installing Windows 8 with secure boot disabled, but most pre-installed versions of Windows 8 will most likely just fail to boot if you disable secure boot.
Edited by Kaosu, 26 July 2014 - 11:52 AM.