I've been trying to make a dualboot configuration with Linux Mint (17.1 Rebecca) and Windows 8.1. These are the steps I followed in installing this setup:
- Install windows 8
- Run all available updates
- Update to windows 8.1
- Install Linux Mint (logical partition for /, /home and swap)
- Run into problems with Grub.
When I try installing the bootloader on my primary SSD (/dev/sda) I run into a non working GRUB (after biosscreen only a black screen). When on the other hand I install the bootloader on my secondary HDD (/dev/sdb) and change boot priority to HDD in the bios I get to the GRUB bootloader. From /dev/sdb I am able to boot linux mint without problems, when I choose any of the 3 (3 windows 8 loaders?) windows loaders I run into a black screen again. So I restored the default windows bootloader and I am now able to boot into Linux Mint with HDD as boot prio in bios and boot into windows with SSD as boot prio in my Bios. But I cannot seem to get both working via the GRUB bootloader.
So yeah, wall of text, this is what I tried to fix it so far, at first I was trying to fix the issues with GRUB not showing on my SSD.
- Reinstall and update GRUB bootloader via this method.
- Moving my windows 1GB from the beginning of the SSD space and making a /boot partition to counter this bug.
- Reinstalling Linux Mint several times.
- Installing Ubuntu (same issue)
Then I discovered that on /dev/sdb the Grub bootloader seemed to work, so I changed boot prio to my HDD and tried to fix the Windows not loading bug.
- Reinstalling GRUB
- Updating GRUB (which still gave me 3 bootoptions for Windows 8.1 which I find strange)
- Installing Grub customizer on Linux Mint and adding a Windows 8.1 boot option Manually.
Unfortunately none of the above solved my problems, I am running both Windows and Linux Mint in Legacy Mode (so no UEFI or EFI issues). My SSD may have a GPT partition format although I am not completely sure of this. I installed Windows 8.1 before Linux Mint so whatever Windows 8.1 uses as partition method I have.
- Crucial M4 256GB Msata SSD.
- Ordinary 500GB HDD.
- All in the Lenovo Y500 (i5 edition) Laptop.
Can somebody please help me, as far as I know I tried everything :(