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squrl
May 13th, 2010, 08:06 PM
I have seen several references to this problem in the past but cant find an answer with search.

I have two drives. One has XP the other is 8.04

I lost the ability to boot to XP unless I pull the plug to the 8.04 drive.
I can boot 8.04 with everything connected but not xp

Thanks

louieb
May 13th, 2010, 08:52 PM
If your booting to Ubuntu then GRUB is working - it just not doing what you want it to do.

Exactly what happens? Do you get the GRUB menu at boot? Does it have an XP entry? What happen when you select XP. Are the drives internal or external?

Please get and run the Boot Info Script: SourceForge.net: (http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net/) and put the results.txt file in your next post.

squrl
May 13th, 2010, 08:55 PM
I get the slight delay to boot. The grub menu only shows the 8.04 entry plus one for checking memory. Nothing shows up for xp at all.

The drives are sata internal Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010

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

=> Grub 0.97 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.
=> Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb and looks on the same drive in
partition #1 for /boot/grub.
=> Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdc

sda1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ext3
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS
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:

sdb1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ext2
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs:

sdc1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

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

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

Drive: sda ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000bf756

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sda1 * 63 1,933,760,114 1,933,760,052 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 1,933,760,176 1,953,520,064 19,759,889 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 1,933,760,178 1,953,520,064 19,759,887 82 Linux swap / Solaris


Drive: sdb ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sdb: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000784a2

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sdb1 63 1,953,520,064 1,953,520,002 83 Linux


Drive: sdc ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sdc: 250.0 GB, 250000000000 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30394 cylinders, total 488281250 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0008a872

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sdc1 * 63 488,263,544 488,263,482 7 HPFS/NTFS


blkid -c /dev/null: __________________________________________________ __________

Device UUID TYPE LABEL

/dev/sda1 e7c365ec-50bd-4a30-a30c-4591d0523542 ext3
/dev/sda5 2802d08d-b88a-4504-ad22-509b1c82f2d6 swap
/dev/sdb1 bdaf07f8-e153-43dd-8a6a-74d8922a7fed ext2
/dev/sdc1 58C88CEDC88CCAA8 ntfs

============================ "mount | grep ^/dev output: ===========================

Device Mount_Point Type Options

/dev/sda1 / ext3 (rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro)
/dev/sdb1 /media/disk ext2 (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=hal)


=========================== 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 0

## 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=e7c365ec-50bd-4a30-a30c-4591d0523542 ro

## Setup crashdump menu entries
## e.g. crashdump=1
# crashdump=0

## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=(hd0,0)

## 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 8.04.4 LTS, kernel 2.6.24-27-generic
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-27-generic root=UUID=e7c365ec-50bd-4a30-a30c-4591d0523542 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-27-generic
quiet

title Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS, kernel 2.6.24-27-generic (recovery mode)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-27-generic root=UUID=e7c365ec-50bd-4a30-a30c-4591d0523542 ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-27-generic

title Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS, kernel 2.6.24-26-generic
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-26-generic root=UUID=e7c365ec-50bd-4a30-a30c-4591d0523542 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-26-generic
quiet

title Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS, kernel 2.6.24-26-generic (recovery mode)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-26-generic root=UUID=e7c365ec-50bd-4a30-a30c-4591d0523542 ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-26-generic

title Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS, memtest86+
root (hd0,0)
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=e7c365ec-50bd-4a30-a30c-4591d0523542 / ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# /dev/sda5
UUID=2802d08d-b88a-4504-ad22-509b1c82f2d6 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0

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


799.6GB: boot/grub/menu.lst
799.7GB: boot/grub/stage2
799.7GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-26-generic
799.6GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-27-generic
799.7GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-27-generic.bak
799.7GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-26-generic
799.7GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-27-generic
799.6GB: initrd.img
799.7GB: initrd.img.old
799.7GB: vmlinuz
799.7GB: vmlinuz.old

================================ sdc1/boot.ini: ================================

[boot loader]

timeout=30

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S

[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

louieb
May 13th, 2010, 09:48 PM
No XP entry in /boot/grub/menu.lst.

Try these changes. from a terminal window:
1st make a backup


sudo copy /boot/grub/menu.lst /boot/grub/menu.lst.bak

now use gedit to edit


gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

find the hiddenmenu line and comment it out so the grub menu always displays on boot.
and add a entry for XP.


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


Try this XP entry make it the last lines of menu.lst



title Win XP Home
map (hd0) (hd2)
map (hd2) (hd0)
rootnoverify (hd2,0)
makeactive
chainloader +1
boot




That should work - if not then post the content of /boot/grub/device.map
may have to make a minor tweak to it to - looks like you have 3 hdds - did you have 3 when you installed Ubuntu?

oldfred
May 13th, 2010, 09:54 PM
Did you have your windows entry inside the automagic area and with a kernel update that area is rewritten.

Add this after the end automagic at the bottom or before the start automagic (about 1/3 down from top) in your menu.lst

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