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Until It Sleeps
February 24th, 2009, 04:44 PM
I recently installed Windows 7 onto a logical partition. It deleted GRUB. I ran a Ubuntu CD, started a terminal, did the commands from that little tutorial that tells you how to restore GRUB.

Now, GRUB is back, but now it's not detecting Windows 7, and I'm not entirely sure how the solution on the tutorial is supposed to be used. Little help please? Thanks.

caljohnsmith
February 24th, 2009, 05:50 PM
In order to get a clearer picture of your setup, how about downloading the Boot Info Script to your Ubuntu desktop:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/bootinfoscript/

Then open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and do:

sudo bash ~/Desktop/boot_info_script*.sh
That will create a "RESULTS.txt" file in the same directory from where the script is run, namely your desktop; please copy/paste the contents of the RESULTS.txt file to your next post, highlight the copied text, and click the pound/hash sign "#" graphic button in the Ubuntu forum message box so that the text will get "code" tags put around it. The results of that script will help clarify your setup and what it might take to boot Windows 7 from Grub.

Until It Sleeps
February 24th, 2009, 08:06 PM
============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================

=> Grub0.97 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive
in partition #1 for /boot/grub/stage2 and /boot/grub/menu.lst.

sda1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ext3
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 8.10
Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/menu.lst /etc/fstab

sda2: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: Extended Partition
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sda5: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: swap
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sda3: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs: /bootmgr /Boot/BCD

sda4: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows Vista
Boot files/dirs: /Windows/System32/winload.exe

=========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: sda ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7296 cylinders, total 117210240 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xa7e2a7e2

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sda1 63 78,140,159 78,140,097 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 78,140,160 80,100,089 1,959,930 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 78,140,223 80,100,089 1,959,867 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3 * 80,101,376 80,510,975 409,600 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 80,510,976 117,207,039 36,696,064 7 HPFS/NTFS


blkid -c /dev/null: __________________________________________________ __________

/dev/sda1: UUID="c956d815-3573-4e1f-b7b2-4ead7dd50d1d" TYPE="ext3"
/dev/sda3: UUID="3EE8B72BE8B6E077" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sda4: UUID="5CC0B1C2C0B1A2A6" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sda5: UUID="3b1374f5-4dd8-4e54-9ce9-53cd1369fdf9" TYPE="swap"

=============================== "mount" output: ===============================

/dev/sda1 on / type ext3 (rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro)
tmpfs on /lib/init/rw type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
/proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
varrun on /var/run type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
varlock on /var/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,mode=1777)
udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=620)
fusectl on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
lrm on /lib/modules/2.6.27-11-generic/volatile type tmpfs (rw,mode=755)
securityfs on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
binfmt_misc on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/untilitsleeps/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=untilitsleeps)


=========================== sda1/boot/grub/menu.lst: ===========================

# 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 saved

## timeout sec
# Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
# (normally the first entry defined).
timeout 3

## 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 --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
# 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=c956d815-3573-4e1f-b7b2-4ead7dd50d1d ro

## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=c956d815-3573-4e1f-b7b2-4ead7dd50d1d

## 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 2.6.27-11-generic
uuid c956d815-3573-4e1f-b7b2-4ead7dd50d1d
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-11-generic root=UUID=c956d815-3573-4e1f-b7b2-4ead7dd50d1d ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-11-generic
quiet

title Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-11-generic (recovery mode)
uuid c956d815-3573-4e1f-b7b2-4ead7dd50d1d
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-11-generic root=UUID=c956d815-3573-4e1f-b7b2-4ead7dd50d1d ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-11-generic

title Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic
uuid c956d815-3573-4e1f-b7b2-4ead7dd50d1d
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=UUID=c956d815-3573-4e1f-b7b2-4ead7dd50d1d 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 c956d815-3573-4e1f-b7b2-4ead7dd50d1d
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=UUID=c956d815-3573-4e1f-b7b2-4ead7dd50d1d ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic

title Ubuntu 8.10, memtest86+
uuid c956d815-3573-4e1f-b7b2-4ead7dd50d1d
kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin
quiet

### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST

=============================== sda1/etc/fstab: ===============================

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# /dev/sda1
UUID=c956d815-3573-4e1f-b7b2-4ead7dd50d1d / ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# /dev/sda5
UUID=3b1374f5-4dd8-4e54-9ce9-53cd1369fdf9 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom1 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0

=================== sda1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================


11.1GB: boot/grub/menu.lst
11.1GB: boot/grub/stage2
11.1GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-11-generic
11.1GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic
11.1GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-11-generic
11.1GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic
11.1GB: initrd.img
11.1GB: initrd.img.old
11.1GB: vmlinuz
11.1GB: vmlinuz.old

caljohnsmith
February 24th, 2009, 09:12 PM
Actually, it looks like you installed Windows 7 to primary partition sda4, but Windows 7's boot files ended up in sda3. How about first opening your menu.lst:

gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
And at the very bottom add:

title Windows 7
root (hd0,2)
chainloader +1
Reboot, try Windows 7 from your Grub menu, and let me know exactly what happens. We can work from there if necessary.

Until It Sleeps
February 25th, 2009, 04:18 PM
Hey thanks, it worked!

I do have to press Esc to get to the menu, but it lists Windows 7, and it does load it. Thanks for the help.

caljohnsmith
February 25th, 2009, 04:22 PM
Great, glad to hear that worked OK. And by the way, if you want to get the Grub menu on start up by default without having to press "ESC", just comment-out the "hiddenmenu" line in your menu.lst:

# hiddenmenu
Anyway, cheers and enjoy your dual-boot Win7/Ubuntu setup. :)