For the past two days, I have been attempting to install Linux Mint 14 64-bit edition.

Each time, the ubiquity installer has failed with this error:

Executing 'grub-install /dev/sda' failed.

This is a fatal error

At this point, a dialog box pops up asking me if I want to install the bootloader on a different drive or partition, continue without installing a bootloader or cancel the installation. I have three HDDs installed in my box--one SSD disk with Windows 7 on it, and two for storage and this Linux installation--and I have tried to install the bootloader on each one with resulting in the same error.

The rest of the installation is intact and I can see that the filesystem and structure is correctly installed. So, I googled a bit and turned up some people suggesting chroot into the installation and run grub-install from there. I did this and it returned an error message:

Path to `/boot/grub' is not readable by GRUB on boot. Installation is impossible. Aborting.

Help me solve this, please!

  • What the model of motherboard you have?
    – dchirikov
    Jan 23, 2013 at 18:08
  • Can you post your partiton layout and the output of cat /boot/grub/device.map?
    – zje
    Jan 23, 2013 at 21:10
  • @dchirikov GA-EP35-DS4
    – b-vigilanT
    Jan 23, 2013 at 22:14
  • @user825518 That file does not exist. Actually, I have solved this particular problem. GRUB managed to install once I set the mount point for /boot to my ext2 boot partition in the ubiquity installer. So, now my problem is that I am dropping into initramfs shell because grub cannot locate / on the encrypted root partition. Here's pic of the error message I get: imgur.com/c8aWZ6c
    – b-vigilanT
    Jan 23, 2013 at 22:26
  • Your question dosen't mention encryption (or type), your partition scheme, or file system types, if you can provide this information it would help :)
    – arober11
    Jan 24, 2013 at 19:51


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