Just an update of events so far.
I have still had no success but I have discovered I am having issues
with my disc drive, I tried a retail audio disc and it doesn't work using
VLC, I then tried to open using Toshiba media player and it is no longer listed
it appears as though somehow it has been removed, VLC is there opens but doesn't
activate, the only thing that works is Windows media player, I am now concerned
that the problem with my Linux live disc not loading is to do with this.
I checked Bios and 'Secure boot' is enabled' I have restore the drive order back
to where it was until I sort this out.
I think I should close this post and open a new one in the Windows section to see if
I can resolve this issue first, Everything used to work fine and I hope it's nothing
to do with these many Windows updates.
So for now guys thankyou
rozzer, you won't have access to the Toshiba Media Player nor WMC , I also have an older version of a Toshiba notebook w/1st gen i5-580M, the CPU a self upgrade from the i3-370M, once you have your Linux Mint 17.1 OS installed. Here's the link to the CPU I upgraded to, so am capable of learning on the run. It required a near teardown of the notebook to install the CPU, in the end, was well worth it for the extra features that the i3 doesn't have, and the cost was less than $15 on eBay (guaranteed working pull).
You'll see a pop-up screen after reboot, yet don't worry about that the first time, enable your Firewall, update your computer, reboot, and when you see the pop-up screen again with the links, look for the 'Install multimedia codecs' one & click to install these. Now you should have what you need to enjoy your retail audio disc.
One last thing to address, and you'll have to install this within Windows 8.1 (or Windows 10), EasyBCD 2.3 is the latest version that was written to make it work on Windows 10, but also works with earlier OS's. The trick when installing, after installing EasyBCD 2.3, assign the bootloader install to Mint's root partition. Then boot to 8.1 & create New Entry, you'll have to click the Linux/BSD tab, name the OS anything you desire, and point the bootloader at the root partition where it was just installed, and click 'Save Settings'.
What I described above is a bit simplified, but am on Linux Mint at the moment, and don't have the EasyBCD 2.3 GUI to look at. One good thing about it, you won't have to double boot to get to the OS you want anymore. The first link gives a bit of information about the changes & can even download from there. It's not nearly a Full 5 Star rated app for nothing.
The 2nd is the official site, where you can still download for free, only providing an email address & name. Yet that's where support is for EasyBCD 2.3, there's tutorials & they have a forum to ask questions/resolve issues. I was one of the beta testers mentioned on the page. NeoSmart Technologies has been around for quite some time, when Windows 10 was released, they provided the EasyRE bootable repair ISO's for no charge for the first 2-3 months after release, now like the prior versions for each OS, these are not free of cost. I downloaded it, just as I did the Windows 7/Vista ones long ago, and have all three. Precious resources to have.
Here's the official site.
Good Luck with Linux Mint 17.1, please don't throw in the towel over minor stuff. BTW, there's a setting in there to go back to the old style bootloader to save you more time.
Am going to need it myself, as my AMD build is now running in Full UEFI mode, other than Secure Boot enabled, had to flash the GPU to a UEFI compatible BIOS to make it happen (while in CSM mode), provided by MSI for their version of the AMD Radeon 7770 OC edition. After all, on the box, it stated 'Windows 8 Compatible', so it was the right thing to do to provide UEFI BIOS. It's a bit tricky to install, using the HP USB disk format tool & some Win98 (didn't understand the 'why' of that part), but done it, booted from the USB stick & typed in the provided command after booting to it, within 10 seconds, it was shown to be a success & to reboot.
So there are solutions to everything, you must be persistent & willing to understand/follow instruction, you'll have Linux Mint up & running by having those qualities.
Plus anything else you wish to accomplish.
Edited by cat1092, 23 March 2016 - 02:00 AM.