Absolutely I agree with smooth buddaha. I am illiterate in Mint and pretty much the same in linux. I can try to install and get the screen shot if someone tells me how. I'm using Windows 7 and it is still showing on the partition and I can see some files from Libre. So it is there. Just can't boot. I'll try to figure out how to get a screen shot. In the meantime I tried to fix things and made it worse I'm sure. Now as I recall I have sda 465.76 Gb, sda1 39.19 MB NFFS, sda2 225.05 GB NTFS, sda 3 235.00 GB ext4 with Mint partiially installed, swap 4.80GB and I now have 70MB unuseable from my last attempt to fix things. I'm off to try for a screen shot. I'll see if I can access the partitions without using the install program. Thanks again.