For a while I’ve been running Ubuntu, but now I want to try out Linux Mint. Installation is performed by creating a Live USB, booting from the stick and following the instructions on the Mint website. The USB stick was created using
sudo dd if=path/to/linuxmint.iso of=/dev/sdX oflag=direct bs=1048576
Note that it is only
sdX and not
Unfortunately, when booting from the harddisk my computer writes
Invalid Partition Table!
and nothing happens then. The following solution is compiled from various forum posts that together did the trick. Part of the problem seems to come from the Grub boot loader who expects to find things the way they were when Ubuntu was in charge. To fix this, boot from the Live USB and type the following commands:
- Mount the harddisk:
sudo mount /dev/sdXY /mnt
The appropriate device can be found with
sudo fdisk -l or Gparted.
If the expected directory structure or commands are not available after chroot’ing, it is probably another XY in “sdXY”.
- Bind appropriate directories:
mount --bind /dev/ /mnt/dev/ mount --bind /proc/ /mnt/proc/ mount --bind /sys/ /mnt/sys/
- Now we can chroot and update the corrupted grub:
sudo chroot /mnt update-grub
However, Grub should not take all the blame for this trouble. It turns out the Dell laptop that is supposed to act as host is also guilty: The UEFI boot order was starting up the wrong thing.
Remapping F1 in terminal
On some keyboards I run into problems when trying to hit Escape (as I do a lot in Vim). In the terminal in Linux Mint this starts up the help window.
To resolve the problem I disable the shortcut in the terminal:
If the menubar is not present in the top of the terminal, right click somewhere in the terminal and select “Show Menubar”
Goto Edit -> Keyboard Shortcuts
Disable “Contents” under “Help” by pressing Backspace
To further reduce the annoyance of having to locate the escape button twice I remap the F1 button to Escape in Vim.