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Old 12-24-2008, 06:09 PM   #1
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Default Just installed Ubuntu 8

And it's pretty cool.

Here's what happened though.

I already had XP Pro installed on the C: drive. I installed the Linux Distro on my D: drive.

The install completed 100%, no problems at all. Although when my computer restarts it boots straight into XP Pro.

Now I was expecting the grub to offer me a choice of OS to boot into but there was none??? Well, it was there.

Eventually, after trying everything else, I decided to disconnect my C: drive, and then rebooted.

Guess what, I got the grub options screen and booted into Ubuntu and i'm looking forward to messing around with this.

So, a couple of things really.

I'm thinking I need to sort out the MBR, not the grub, cause it's there and the grub works. Anyone here got any ideas?

In the meantime I will continue to solve this problem.

EDIT:

Sorted out the dual boot issue. Aftre I disconnected the C: drive, as above, and reconnected it I now have the dual boot option.
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Old 12-26-2008, 03:27 PM   #2
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Hi,

I am glad that you were able to figure it all out. If I may ask, when you boot up and you get to grub, what booting options do you have? Besides Ubuntu do you have anything listed for windows or is that still missing?

If you have any problems, feel free to ask. I can answer just about any question you have, and since you are using Ubuntu the fix is generally quick and easy.

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Thanks wmorri.

Grub gives me 5 options.

I get Ubuntu, Ubuntu Restore then Ubuntu, Ubuntu restore and finally Windows XP.

But I think this is due to the fact that I put the Ubuntu Grub in twice.

I think I need to remove one of the Ubuntu MBR's from Grub, ???, so I get just Ubuntu, Ubuntu restore and then Windows.
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Hi,

I need to go open terminal. Then I would like you to copy this into it and then copy and post the output.

Code:
cd /boot/grub this is in the first line, then hit enter
nano menu.lst this is on the next line which should read /boot/grub
I would like to see the entire thing. This will help me see what is going on with your grub menu.

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Here's the infomation you requested....

# menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
# grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
# grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
# and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.

## default num
# Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
# the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
#
# You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
# is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
# WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not use 'savedefault' or your
# array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
default 0

## timeout sec
# Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
# (normally the first entry defined).
timeout 10

## hiddenmenu
# Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
#hiddenmenu

# Pretty colours
#color cyan/blue white/blue

## password ['--md5'] passwd
# If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
# control (menu entry editor and command-line) and entries protected by the
# command 'lock'
# e.g. password topsecret
# password (DELETED)
# password topsecret

#
# examples
#
# title Windows 95/98/NT/2000
# root (hd0,0)
# makeactive
# chainloader +1
#
# title Linux
# root (hd0,1)
# kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
#

#
# Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST

### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below

## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs

## ## Start Default Options ##
## default kernel options
## default kernel options for automagic boot options
## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
## kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
## kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
# kopt=root=UUID=50350239-4ea7-434d-a8e6-b925e4e6a8fe ro

## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=50350239-4ea7-434d-a8e6-b925e4e6a8fe

## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. alternative=true
## alternative=false
# alternative=true

## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. lockalternative=true
## lockalternative=false
# lockalternative=false

## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
## alternatives
## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
# defoptions=quiet splash

## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
## e.g. lockold=false
## lockold=true
# lockold=false

## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenhopt=

## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenkopt=console=tty0

## altoption boot targets option
## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
## altoptions=(recovery) single
# altoptions=(recovery mode) single

## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
## alternative kernel options
## e.g. howmany=all
## howmany=7
# howmany=all

## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
## e.g. memtest86=true
## memtest86=false
# memtest86=true

## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
## can be true or false
# updatedefaultentry=false

## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
## can be true or false
# savedefault=false

## ## End Default Options ##

title Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-9-generic
uuid 50350239-4ea7-434d-a8e6-b925e4e6a8fe
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-9-generic root=UUID=50350239-4ea7-434d-a8e6-b925e4e6a8fe ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-9-generic
quiet

title Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-9-generic (recovery mode)
uuid 50350239-4ea7-434d-a8e6-b925e4e6a8fe
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-9-generic root=UUID=50350239-4ea7-434d-a8e6-b925e4e6a8fe ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-9-generic

title Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic
uuid 50350239-4ea7-434d-a8e6-b925e4e6a8fe
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=UUID=50350239-4ea7-434d-a8e6-b925e4e6a8fe ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic
quiet

title Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic (recovery mode)
uuid 50350239-4ea7-434d-a8e6-b925e4e6a8fe
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=UUID=50350239-4ea7-434d-a8e6-b925e4e6a8fe ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic

title Ubuntu 8.10, memtest86+
uuid 50350239-4ea7-434d-a8e6-b925e4e6a8fe
kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin
quiet


### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST

# This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
# ones.
title Other operating systems:
root


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sdc1
title Microsoft Windows XP Professional
root (hd2,0)
savedefault
makeactive
map (hd0) (hd2)
map (hd2) (hd0)
chainloader +1

The bold area above is the problem. I need to remove 2 of the grub menu options.

Open a terminal and type sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst. Enter your admin password and edit the list.

Problem solved!
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:19 AM   #6
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Hi,

I am glad that you were able to figure this out all on your own. You are starting to understand what linux is all about. I hope that you have success in the future. Don't forget that I can help you with that server when you feel like you are up for it.

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