New Installation of Peppermint 9 on dual boot system(Solved)

Hi All,
I have an old but very reliable Dell Inspiron 1640 that is currently running Ubuntu 14.04 dual booted with peppermint 6, I have downloaded and burned to disc Peppermint 9 and have run this from the live disc with no problem (64 bit), I would like to replace initially the Ubuntu 14.04 with the peppermint 9 and when happy this is running well remove the pepermint 6 also.

degsy@degsy-MM061 ~ $ sudo fdisk -l
[sudo] password for degsy:

Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders, total 234441648 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0001c80a

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 2048 172790376 86394164+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 172791806 234440703 30824449 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 231317504 234440703 1561600 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 172791808 225026047 26117120 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 225028096 231315455 3143680 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Partition table entries are not in disk order
degsy@degsy-MM061 ~ $

Your advice on what is the best way to achieve this would really be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


Boot into Peppermint 6, and post the contents of

gedit /etc/fstab

make 100% sure you post this output from Peppermint 6 … NOT Ubuntu.

Hi Mark,
as requested output from peppermint 6

/etc/fstab: static file system information.

Use ‘blkid’ to print the universally unique identifier for a

device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices

that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).

/ was on /dev/sda6 during installation

UUID=b5cba5e4-ca3b-4bc2-81c2-cf10fab29851 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1

swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation

UUID=b73c8a18-387e-4f10-a296-4c9363cd4d7c none swap sw 0 0


Sorry, I forgot to ask for the output from:

sudo blkid

Hi Mark,
As requested:
degsy@degsy-MM061 ~ $ sudo blkid
[sudo] password for degsy:
/dev/sda1: UUID=“7b933a4f-ce32-4726-b52d-427d2d154956” TYPE=“ext4”
/dev/sda5: UUID=“b73c8a18-387e-4f10-a296-4c9363cd4d7c” TYPE=“swap”
/dev/sda6: UUID=“b5cba5e4-ca3b-4bc2-81c2-cf10fab29851” TYPE=“ext4”
/dev/sda7: UUID=“dfa63e69-af4f-47ae-883d-8d090067bf29” TYPE=“swap”
degsy@degsy-MM061 ~ $

Have you got an Ubuntu 14.04 or Peppermint 6 LiveDVD/LiveUSB ?

Because the first thing we need to do it make sure GRUB stage one is pointing at grub stage two on Peppermint 6 … so when we remove Ubuntu, Peppermint 6 is still bootable.

I just want to make sure you’re equipped in case this goes wrong.

Hi Mark,
Have checked and I do have live DVD for both but would trust the Pepppermint 6 ahead of the Ubuntu, I think for some reason they are 32 bit versions, would that matter?
In the worst case scenario, I will ensure that any files I want are fully backed up on an external drive so that if necessary we could always just install Peppermint 9 as a single boot system.

Regards and thanks for your help do far,


Is the installed Peppermint 6 32bit or 64bit ?

I have just checked this and the installed peppermint 6 is 32 bit.


Okay then

Boot to the Peppermint 6 LiveUSB

Open a terminal and run these commands in sequence

sudo mount /dev/sda6 /mnt


for i in /dev /dev/pts /proc /sys /run; do sudo mount -B $i /mnt$i; done


sudo chroot /mnt


grub-install /dev/sda



then hit Ctrl+D (to exit the chroot environment).

Shut down the PC

Remove the LiveUSB

Boot up the PC (without manually choosing an OS at the GRUB screen)

Did it automatically boot into Peppermint 6 ?

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your help, carried out the instructions you gave, yes on booting the laptop went automatically into Peppermint 6 without me selecting anything from the Grub screen.


Okay, boot into the Peppermint 9 LiveUSB/LiveDVD and select “Try Peppermint”

Once at the desktop fire up GParted, and delete these 2 partitions
then apply the changes.

Now do a regular install (from the Install Peppermint icon on the desktop), and it should offer to install Peppermint 9 ALONGSIDE Peppermint 6
(if it doesn’t offer this, back out of the installer and let me know)

Hi Mark,
Just to let you know all went well and Peppermint 9 is now installed alongside Peppermint 6 on this trusty old Dell Inspiron.
I will mark the topic as solved, but will no doubt be back with further questions in the near future, in the meantime looking forward to enjoying Peppermint 9 as much as I have Peppermint 6, which has been a trusty servant over the last 4 years or so.
Many, many thanks for your very kind help again,



You’re most welcome Degsy :slight_smile: