just installed linux mint xfce on my second machine - it ran perfectly - once... on reboot there was a freeze at the bios screen. after some trial and error, i can get the machine to boot and start windows normally if i disconnect the drive containing the new mint install - curious, any ideas? fairly old asus board with an 1800MHz sempron, three ide drives, two with windows stuff (primary master and primary slave) and the third (problematic, secondary master) with the new mint installation i use bootit as my master boot manager, so i installed grub on to the root partition and not onto the mbr of drive 3 (sdc). possibly during the mint install, sdc was set as the bootable drive. so on boot up bios tries to boot that drive which has an empty mbr...does that make sense?