I installed Linux Mint 11 on a USB Eternal HDD following the exact style (/boot, swap, /, and /home partitions) as was described in this tutorial: http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2011/06/11/dual-boot-linux-mint-11-and-windows-7/. I am attempting to dual-boot Mint 11 with Windows 7, but I have a small SSD, so I want Mint on my external drive, but I’d like it to start up when I connect my USB HDD, or start Windows 7 otherwise. To be clear, I am trying to install the FULL version of Mint 11 and then run it off the external drive; I don’t want to run the live/temporary/trial version.
I seem to have gotten it installed, but I can’t get it to boot. When I tried the steps in the tutorial with EasyBCD and set up Grub2, I failed to get into Mint 11. Instead I get a black, BIOS-style or terminal-style screen that says “grub>” and tells me that pressing “TAB” will give me a list of possible commands. I have no clue how to get this to boot Mint 11, and I’d prefer not to have to do something with this everytime. I just want to have the Grub menu depicted in the tutorial where I can select boot options more graphically. Thanks, I’m new to Linux.