A Workaround for Linuxmint 13 32bit isos not booting via grub and mint4win woes

Last year I posted about how to create a multiboot usb device using grub2 to boot the iso , but for those trying to do that with a linumint 32bit iso would see this error:
BusyBox v1.18.5 (Ubuntu 1:1.18.5-1ubuntu4) built-in shell (ash)
Enter ‘help’ for a list of built-in commands.

(initramfs) Begin: Running /scripts/casper-premount … done.
Begin: …waiting for devs… … done.
stdin: error 0
/sbin/mount.ntfs: line 1: ELF: not found
/sbin/mount.ntfs: line 2: : not found
/sbin/mount.ntfs: line3: syntax error: unexpected “)”
mount: mounting /dev/sda7 on /isodevice failed: No such device
Warning: Cannot mount /dev/sda7 on /isodevice

The problem is that there are 64bit mount.ntfs and mount.ntfs-3g instead of 32bit versions. The fix would be to respin the iso to include a new initrd file that includes the proper 32bit mount.ntfs and mount.ntfs. A workaround could be just to create another initrd.lz file then when booting the iso using grub2. A how to on that can be found here. That can be quite difficuilt and time consuming especially those new to booting linux this way or linux in general.

So I thought I would post fixed initrd.lzs. There are different initrd.lz files for the different versions of mint with the exceptions of no codecs versions, I simply just dont have the time at the moment. You will be able to copy the initrd.lz file to your usb and use them to boot the iso using grub2. A menuentry for the xfce version would look like:
menuentry “Linux Mint 13 XFCE” {
loopback loop /linuxmint-13-xfce-dvd-32bit.iso
linux (loop)/casper/vmlinuz boot=casper iso-scan/filename=/linuxmint-13-xfce-dvd-32bit.iso noeject noprompt —
initrd /Initrd/Mint13-Xfce/initrd.lz
As you can see the iso is on the / for the usb and the initrd.lz is in /Initrd/Mint13-Xfce/ , you have to make sure these paths are correct. These initrd.lzs should also work with mint4win which people have had problems with using mint13 cinnamon , this should solve that too. Also the Mint 13 Kde and Xfce isos didnt even include mint4win. You can download it from here.

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4 comments on “A Workaround for Linuxmint 13 32bit isos not booting via grub and mint4win woes
  1. daniela says:

    Thanks i need mint4win to install in windows 8

    • mickeyj4j says:

      just to give you some feedback. You dont need mint for win to run a dual boot system with linux and windows 8. Win8 has a new secure boot, built into the bios of new computers that come with it so you need to disable the secure boot to be able to install Linux and dual boot now. there are many links around the internet about how to disable it and be able to dual boot again like before. but if you are not happy to disable the secure boot then mint for win, or even a virtual machine, will be a good solution.

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