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jlbakker
October 24th, 2009, 05:05 PM
Hello,

I have Dell with their factory default many partitions and it seems they got me in the woods.
I used the live CD to install Ubuntu. When booting, GRUB wont start and Windows XP starts normally.

I used "sudo bash ~/Desktop/boot-info-script*.sh" and captured the following.
I much appreciate suggestions ...



============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================

=> Grub0.97 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on boot drive #2 in
partition #7 for /boot/grub/stage2 and /boot/grub/menu.lst.
=> Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb

sda1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Dell Utility: Fat16
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs:

sda2: __________________________________________________ _______________________

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

sda5: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows XP
Boot sector info: According to the info in the boot sector, sda5 starts
at sector 63.
Operating System: Windows XP
Boot files/dirs:

sda6: __________________________________________________ _______________________

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

sda7: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ext3
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 9.04
Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/menu.lst /etc/fstab

sda3: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows XP
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs: /boot.ini /ntldr /NTDETECT.COM

sda4: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Windows XP: Fat32
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs: /ntldr /NTLDR /NTDETECT.COM /ntdetect.com

sdb1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Dell Utility: Fat16
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs:

sdb2: __________________________________________________ _______________________

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

sdb5: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows XP
Boot sector info: According to the info in the boot sector, sdb5 starts
at sector 63.
Operating System: Windows XP
Boot files/dirs:

sdb6: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system:
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Mounting failed:
mount: unknown filesystem type ''

sdb7: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ext3
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 9.04
Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/menu.lst /etc/fstab

sdb8: __________________________________________________ _______________________

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

sdb3: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows XP
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs: /boot.ini /ntldr /NTDETECT.COM

sdb4: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Windows XP: Fat32
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs: /ntldr /NTLDR /NTDETECT.COM /ntdetect.com

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

Drive: sda ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160000000000 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19452 cylinders, total 312500000 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xe686f016

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sda1 63 112,454 112,392 de Dell Utility
/dev/sda2 112,455 224,669,024 224,556,570 f W95 Ext d (LBA)
/dev/sda5 112,518 200,812,499 200,699,982 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6 200,812,563 205,133,984 4,321,422 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 205,134,048 224,669,024 19,534,977 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 * 224,669,025 302,744,924 78,075,900 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 302,744,925 312,480,314 9,735,390 db CP/M / CTOS / ...


Drive: sdb ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160000000000 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19452 cylinders, total 312500000 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xe686f016

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sdb1 63 112,454 112,392 de Dell Utility
/dev/sdb2 112,455 224,669,024 224,556,570 f W95 Ext d (LBA)
/dev/sdb5 112,518 195,575,309 195,462,792 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb6 200,812,563 224,669,024 23,856,462 e W95 FAT16 (LBA)
/dev/sdb7 195,575,373 200,459,069 4,883,697 83 Linux
/dev/sdb8 200,459,133 200,812,499 353,367 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sdb3 * 224,669,025 302,744,924 78,075,900 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb4 302,744,925 312,480,314 9,735,390 db CP/M / CTOS / ...


blkid -c /dev/null: __________________________________________________ __________

/dev/loop0: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/sda1: SEC_TYPE="msdos" LABEL="DellUtility" UUID="07D6-030F" TYPE="vfat"
/dev/sda3: UUID="D2C89301C892E2D1" LABEL="Backup" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sda4: LABEL="DellRestore" UUID="0000-0000" TYPE="vfat"
/dev/sda5: UUID="E42CEEE42CEEB12A" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sda6: UUID="51e5aa18-c99f-451e-b215-077fa8050000" TYPE="swap"
/dev/sda7: UUID="7bd6402f-b7df-493e-9a3e-b15f393a6818" TYPE="ext3"
/dev/sdb1: SEC_TYPE="msdos" LABEL="DellUtility" UUID="07D6-030F" TYPE="vfat"
/dev/sdb3: UUID="D2C89301C892E2D1" LABEL="Backup" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sdb4: LABEL="DellRestore" UUID="0000-0000" TYPE="vfat"
/dev/sdb5: UUID="E42CEEE42CEEB12A" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sdb7: UUID="641547d1-301c-4f93-8156-e8d16f9c459b" SEC_TYPE="ext2" TYPE="ext3"
/dev/sdb8: UUID="d1a3ac2e-e7ec-4a54-93b2-04ccb958ce27" TYPE="swap"

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

proc on /proc type proc (rw)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
tmpfs on /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/volatile type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
tmpfs on /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/volatile type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
tmpfs on /lib/init/rw type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
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)
rootfs on / type rootfs (rw)
/dev/sr0 on /cdrom type iso9660 (ro,noatime)
/dev/loop0 on /rofs type squashfs (ro,noatime)
fusectl on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
tmpfs on /tmp type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
binfmt_misc on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/ubuntu/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=ubuntu)
/dev/sda5 on /home/ubuntu/mount type fuseblk (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,blksize=4096)
/dev/sda7 on /home/ubuntu/mount/mount2 type ext3 (rw)


=========================== sda7/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 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 --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=7bd6402f-b7df-493e-9a3e-b15f393a6818 ro
# kopt=root=/dev/hda7 ro

## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
## groot=7bd6402f-b7df-493e-9a3e-b15f393a6818
# groot=(hd0,6)

## 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

## specify if running in Xen domU or have grub detect automatically
## update-grub will ignore non-xen kernels when running in domU and vice versa
## e.g. indomU=detect
## indomU=true
## indomU=false
# indomU=detect

## 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 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-11-generic
uuid 7bd6402f-b7df-493e-9a3e-b15f393a6818
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=UUID=7bd6402f-b7df-493e-9a3e-b15f393a6818 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic
quiet

title Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-11-generic (recovery mode)
uuid 7bd6402f-b7df-493e-9a3e-b15f393a6818
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=UUID=7bd6402f-b7df-493e-9a3e-b15f393a6818 ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic

title Ubuntu 9.04, memtest86+
uuid 7bd6402f-b7df-493e-9a3e-b15f393a6818
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/sda1
title Dell Utility Partition
root (hd0,0)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader +1


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sda3
title Windows XP Media Center Edition
rootnoverify (hd0,2)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader +1


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sda4
title Windows NT/2000/XP
rootnoverify (hd0,3)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader +1


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sdb1
title Dell Utility Partition
root (hd1,0)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader +1


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sdb3
title Windows XP Media Center Edition
rootnoverify (hd1,2)
savedefault
makeactive
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
chainloader +1


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sdb4
title Windows NT/2000/XP
rootnoverify (hd1,3)
savedefault
makeactive
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
chainloader +1


=============================== sda7/etc/fstab: ===============================

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'vol_id --uuid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# / was on /dev/sda7 during installation
UUID=7bd6402f-b7df-493e-9a3e-b15f393a6818 / ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sda6 during installation
UUID=51e5aa18-c99f-451e-b215-077fa8050000 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0

=================== sda7: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================


114.9GB: boot/grub/menu.lst
114.9GB: boot/grub/stage2
114.8GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic
114.8GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic
114.8GB: initrd.img
114.8GB: vmlinuz

================================ sda3/boot.ini: ================================

[boot loader]
timeout=1
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

=========================== sdb7/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 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 --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=641547d1-301c-4f93-8156-e8d16f9c459b ro

## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=641547d1-301c-4f93-8156-e8d16f9c459b

## 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

## specify if running in Xen domU or have grub detect automatically
## update-grub will ignore non-xen kernels when running in domU and vice versa
## e.g. indomU=detect
## indomU=true
## indomU=false
# indomU=detect

## 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 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-11-generic
uuid 641547d1-301c-4f93-8156-e8d16f9c459b
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=UUID=641547d1-301c-4f93-8156-e8d16f9c459b ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic
quiet

title Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-11-generic (recovery mode)
uuid 641547d1-301c-4f93-8156-e8d16f9c459b
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=UUID=641547d1-301c-4f93-8156-e8d16f9c459b ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic

title Ubuntu 9.04, memtest86+
uuid 641547d1-301c-4f93-8156-e8d16f9c459b
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/sda1
title Dell Utility Partition
root (hd0,0)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader +1


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sda3
title Windows XP Media Center Edition
rootnoverify (hd0,2)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader +1


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sda4
title Windows NT/2000/XP
rootnoverify (hd0,3)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader +1


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for an existing
# linux installation on /dev/sda7.
title Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-11-generic (on /dev/sda7)
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=UUID=7bd6402f-b7df-493e-9a3e-b15f393a6818 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic
savedefault
boot


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for an existing
# linux installation on /dev/sda7.
title Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-11-generic (recovery mode) (on /dev/sda7)
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=UUID=7bd6402f-b7df-493e-9a3e-b15f393a6818 ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic
savedefault
boot


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for an existing
# linux installation on /dev/sda7.
title Ubuntu 9.04, memtest86+ (on /dev/sda7)
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin
savedefault
boot


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sdb1
title Dell Utility Partition
root (hd1,0)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader +1


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sdb3
title Windows XP Media Center Edition
rootnoverify (hd1,2)
savedefault
makeactive
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
chainloader +1


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sdb4
title Windows NT/2000/XP
rootnoverify (hd1,3)
savedefault
makeactive
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
chainloader +1


=============================== sdb7/etc/fstab: ===============================

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'vol_id --uuid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# / was on /dev/sdb7 during installation
UUID=641547d1-301c-4f93-8156-e8d16f9c459b / ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sdb8 during installation
UUID=d1a3ac2e-e7ec-4a54-93b2-04ccb958ce27 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0

=================== sdb7: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================


101.7GB: boot/grub/menu.lst
100.1GB: boot/grub/stage2
102.4GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic
102.4GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic
102.4GB: initrd.img
102.4GB: vmlinuz

================================ sdb3/boot.ini: ================================

[boot loader]
timeout=1
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

phillw
October 24th, 2009, 05:08 PM
Hi, Dell do seem to have their own way of doing things ...

There is a section just for Dell here ....

http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=342

They will have come accross what you see before

Regards,

Phill.

presence1960
October 24th, 2009, 08:49 PM
you have 2 ubuntu installs on sda7 and sdb7. GRUB is installed on MBR of sda and windows is installed on MBR of sdb. So obviously your sdb disk is set to boot first in the hard disk boot order of BIOS. Go into BIOS and set sda as first boot in the hard disk boot order. Save changes to CMOS and exit. When you continue booting this will bring up GRUB. Try booting Ubuntu afrom GRUB and let us know what happens.

P.S. looking at your info from the script I would surmise that a little more than installing Ubuntu has transpired.

You have at least 2 windows installs and neither of them are listing any boot files/directories in the script output. Plus it looks like you have another XP install on a logical partition on sda5 & sdb5.

You have 2 disks with the dell utility and what seems to be windows restore.

Your partition table is quite a jumble. Why all the windows installs. It would be a lot simpler to choose the one you like and keep that, and eliminate the others. If this were me I would back up my data, and either wipe everything but the dell utility and restore partition (only 1 set not on both hard disks) and fix my partitions or eliminate all those extra windows OSs and extra dell utility partitions. But either way I would find a way to simplify my partition scheme.

jlbakker
November 2nd, 2009, 12:49 AM
Hi,

Thanks for the response!
I checked the bios and foudn that in thebootsequence I can just select "Intel Array"; not a specific disk.

I also checked a list of my disks and found SATA-0 as drive 0 and SATA-2 as drive 1. I can't change this order either.

Can I open up a shell using the live cd and change the disk GRUB is looking at?
Thanks for pointing out my disks are a "jumble". :) I believe SDA is a copy of SDB (or the other way around).

sda1 is the utility disk and a copies sdb1
sda3 copies sdb3, and boot windows. I believe they are drive C:
sda5 copies sdb5 and I believe they are drive D:. They have different size :(
sda7 copies sdb7 and I believe they are Ubuntu. They have different size :(

Then things become more unclear for me:
sda6 and sdb8 are swap but have different size
No clue what to do with sda2 and sdb2

It seems the RAID may have messed things up when installing unbuntu?
Should I use a differrent CD than the live CD because of the RAID?


you have 2 ubuntu installs on sda7 and sdb7. GRUB is installed on MBR of sda and windows is installed on MBR of sdb. So obviously your sdb disk is set to boot first in the hard disk boot order of BIOS. Go into BIOS and set sda as first boot in the hard disk boot order. Save changes to CMOS and exit. When you continue booting this will bring up GRUB. Try booting Ubuntu afrom GRUB and let us know what happens.

P.S. looking at your info from the script I would surmise that a little more than installing Ubuntu has transpired.

You have at least 2 windows installs and neither of them are listing any boot files/directories in the script output. Plus it looks like you have another XP install on a logical partition on sda5 & sdb5.

You have 2 disks with the dell utility and what seems to be windows restore.

Your partition table is quite a jumble. Why all the windows installs. It would be a lot simpler to choose the one you like and keep that, and eliminate the others. If this were me I would back up my data, and either wipe everything but the dell utility and restore partition (only 1 set not on both hard disks) and fix my partitions or eliminate all those extra windows OSs and extra dell utility partitions. But either way I would find a way to simplify my partition scheme.

presence1960
November 2nd, 2009, 01:02 AM
I would try to install Ubuntu with the alternate text based installer if you have RAID. I am not versed in RAID, but I know the alternate has RAID support. get the alternate here (http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/downloadmirrors#alternate).