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  1. #1
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    Angry Windows 8 boot error

    Hello to all...

    Here I am , asking for ur precious help.
    I`ll try to be short on my problem`s description.
    I used to dual-boot with windows7 & Ubuntu...last year i wanted to install the new version of Ubuntu and by trying i managed to destroy my DualBoot.Back then i could only login into Ubuntu even though in my Grub menu i had the choice of Windows it had always given me a black blank screen.
    Yesterday i decided to update from Win7 to Win8 and now there is no Grub menu, no Ubuntu...just windows 8. I`d love to have my dual Boot back...i need to gain access to my Ubuntu as soon as possible.
    I`m pretty sure that there is nothing to do with Secure Booting or EFI cause my laptop is rather old...it is an Acer Aspire 5630.
    I don`t know how to proceed on that by myself so i would appreciate any kind of help.

    Here i`m posting the result of the Boot Info Script from a liveCD



    Code:
                       Boot Info Script 0.61      [1 April 2012]
    
    
    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================
    
     => Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda.
     => FreeDOS (eXtended FDisk) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdc.
    
    sda1: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Windows Vista/7: NTFS
        Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files:        /bootmgr /Boot/BCD /Windows/System32/winload.exe
    
    sda2: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ext4
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info: 
        Operating System:  Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS
        Boot files:        /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab 
                           /boot/extlinux/extlinux.conf /boot/grub/core.img
    
    sda3: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       Extended Partition
        Boot sector type:  Unknown
        Boot sector info: 
    
    sda5: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       swap
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info: 
    
    sda6: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ext4
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info: 
        Operating System:  
        Boot files:        
    
    sdc1: __________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       vfat
        Boot sector type:  FAT16
        Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files:        
    
    ============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    
    Drive: sda _____________________________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders, total 234441648 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    
    Partition  Boot  Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors  Id System
    
    /dev/sda1    *             63   132,038,234   132,038,172   7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
    /dev/sda2         132,038,235   161,335,109    29,296,875  83 Linux
    /dev/sda3         161,335,294   234,440,703    73,105,410   5 Extended
    /dev/sda5         161,335,296   173,053,951    11,718,656  82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda6         173,056,000   234,440,703    61,384,704  83 Linux
    
    
    Drive: sdc _____________________________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sdc: 1998 MB, 1998585856 bytes
    9 heads, 8 sectors/track, 54215 cylinders, total 3903488 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    
    Partition  Boot  Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors  Id System
    
    /dev/sdc1                 512     3,903,487     3,902,976   6 FAT16
    
    
    "blkid" output: ________________________________________________________________
    
    Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL
    
    /dev/loop0                                              squashfs   
    /dev/sda1        FA6852B9685273FB                       ntfs       
    /dev/sda2        7d3c4347-5c2e-4093-9fb0-6ace68a18171   ext4       
    /dev/sda5        9d7e09c0-139a-471b-bcc1-5a1a9468ea91   swap       
    /dev/sda6        ba8c7e2b-36b6-4dd0-a400-c33c49d4a7e5   ext4       
    /dev/sdc1        4CD2-4A09                              vfat       
    /dev/sr0                                                iso9660    Ultimate Edition 3.5
    
    ================================ Mount points: =================================
    
    Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options
    
    /dev/loop0       /rofs                    squashfs   (ro,noatime)
    /dev/sdc1        /media/4CD2-4A09         vfat       (rw,nosuid,nodev,uid=999,gid=999,shortname=mixed,dmask=0077,utf8=1,showexec,flush,uhelper=udisks)
    /dev/sr0         /cdrom                   iso9660    (ro,noatime)
    
    
    =========================== sda2/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    #
    # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
    #
    # It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
    # from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
    #
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
      set have_grubenv=true
      load_env
    fi
    set default="0"
    if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
      set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
      save_env saved_entry
      set prev_saved_entry=
      save_env prev_saved_entry
      set boot_once=true
    fi
    
    function savedefault {
      if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
        saved_entry="${chosen}"
        save_env saved_entry
      fi
    }
    
    function recordfail {
      set recordfail=1
      if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
    }
    
    function load_video {
      insmod vbe
      insmod vga
      insmod video_bochs
      insmod video_cirrus
    }
    
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos2)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 7d3c4347-5c2e-4093-9fb0-6ace68a18171
    if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
      set gfxmode=auto
      load_video
      insmod gfxterm
      insmod part_msdos
      insmod ext2
      set root='(hd0,msdos2)'
      search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 7d3c4347-5c2e-4093-9fb0-6ace68a18171
      set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
      set lang=en_US
      insmod gettext
    fi
    terminal_output gfxterm
    if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ]; then
      set timeout=-1
    else
      set timeout=10
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    set menu_color_normal=white/black
    set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
    ### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    function gfxmode {
        set gfxpayload="${1}"
        if [ "${1}" = "keep" ]; then
            set vt_handoff=vt.handoff=7
        else
            set vt_handoff=
        fi
    }
    if [ "${recordfail}" != 1 ]; then
      if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
        if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
          if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
            set linux_gfx_mode=keep
          else
            set linux_gfx_mode=text
          fi
        else
          set linux_gfx_mode=text
        fi
      else
        set linux_gfx_mode=keep
      fi
    else
      set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
    export linux_gfx_mode
    if [ "${linux_gfx_mode}" != "text" ]; then load_video; fi
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-34-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
        recordfail
        gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
        insmod gzio
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos2)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 7d3c4347-5c2e-4093-9fb0-6ace68a18171
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-34-generic root=UUID=7d3c4347-5c2e-4093-9fb0-6ace68a18171 ro   quiet splash $vt_handoff
        initrd    /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-34-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-34-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
        recordfail
        insmod gzio
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos2)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 7d3c4347-5c2e-4093-9fb0-6ace68a18171
        echo    'Loading Linux 3.2.0-34-generic ...'
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-34-generic root=UUID=7d3c4347-5c2e-4093-9fb0-6ace68a18171 ro recovery nomodeset 
        echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
        initrd    /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-34-generic
    }
    submenu "Previous Linux versions" {
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-33-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
        recordfail
        gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
        insmod gzio
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos2)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 7d3c4347-5c2e-4093-9fb0-6ace68a18171
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-33-generic root=UUID=7d3c4347-5c2e-4093-9fb0-6ace68a18171 ro   quiet splash $vt_handoff
        initrd    /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-33-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-33-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
        recordfail
        insmod gzio
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos2)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 7d3c4347-5c2e-4093-9fb0-6ace68a18171
        echo    'Loading Linux 3.2.0-33-generic ...'
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-33-generic root=UUID=7d3c4347-5c2e-4093-9fb0-6ace68a18171 ro recovery nomodeset 
        echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
        initrd    /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-33-generic
    }
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos2)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 7d3c4347-5c2e-4093-9fb0-6ace68a18171
        linux16    /boot/memtest86+.bin
    }
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos2)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 7d3c4347-5c2e-4093-9fb0-6ace68a18171
        linux16    /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    menuentry "Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)" --class windows --class os {
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ntfs
        set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 055F8FDB3E227F2C
        chainloader +1
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    # This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries.  Simply type the
    # menu entries you want to add after this comment.  Be careful not to change
    # the 'exec tail' line above.
    ### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    if [ -f  $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
      source $prefix/custom.cfg;
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =============================== sda2/etc/fstab: ================================
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # Use 'blkid' 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    nodev,noexec,nosuid 0       0
    # / was on /dev/sda2 during installation
    UUID=7d3c4347-5c2e-4093-9fb0-6ace68a18171 /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
    # /home was on /dev/sda6 during installation
    UUID=ba8c7e2b-36b6-4dd0-a400-c33c49d4a7e5 /home           ext4    defaults        0       2
    # swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
    UUID=9d7e09c0-139a-471b-bcc1-5a1a9468ea91 none            swap    sw              0       0
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    ====================== sda2/boot/extlinux/extlinux.conf: =======================
    
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ## /boot/extlinux/extlinux.conf
    ##
    ## IMPORTANT WARNING
    ##
    ## The configuration of this file is generated automatically.
    ## Do not edit this file manually, use: extlinux-update
    
    
    default l0
    prompt 1
    timeout 50
    
    include themes/debian/theme.cfg
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    =================== sda2: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================
    
               GiB - GB             File                                 Fragment(s)
    
      75.554006100 = 81.125496320   boot/grub/core.img                             1
      66.131257534 = 71.007897088   boot/grub/grub.cfg                             1
      76.924153805 = 82.596681216   boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-33-generic               3
      68.872582912 = 73.951372800   boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-34-generic               3
      75.520051479 = 81.089037824   boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-33-generic                  2
      65.988801479 = 70.854936064   boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-34-generic                  1
      65.988801479 = 70.854936064   vmlinuz                                        1
      75.520051479 = 81.089037824   vmlinuz.old                                    2
    
    ================= sda2: Location of files loaded by Syslinux: ==================
    
               GiB - GB             File                                 Fragment(s)
    
      66.131310940 = 71.007954432   boot/extlinux/chain.c32                        1
      65.094293118 = 69.894465024   boot/extlinux/extlinux.conf                    1
    
    ============== sda2: Version of COM32(R) files used by Syslinux: ===============
    
     boot/extlinux/chain.c32            :  COM32R module (v4.xx)
    
    ======================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc: ========================
    
    Unknown BootLoader on sda3
    
    00000000  63 f6 84 bc f4 e0 fc 69  fb 90 f3 83 63 dc fb 17  |c......i....c...|
    00000010  33 c9 7b 0c e2 fc 15 9b  4e ce 77 44 fe ba 0d f8  |3.{.....N.wD....|
    00000020  b2 e4 b9 a8 ef ff d3 d3  96 5e 7f a8 6d 7b ff a0  |.........^..m{..|
    00000030  35 f9 1b 41 bb 65 f4 ef  62 51 ff 06 62 1f 86 28  |5..A.e..bQ..b..(|
    00000040  85 aa 96 fb 57 7e 64 bf  42 a4 d7 1b c4 1f fb 3f  |....W~d.B......?|
    00000050  51 bf 72 22 f4 c0 d9 7f  6b 89 ff cc 18 51 5f 22  |Q.r"....k....Q_"|
    00000060  7f 8f 22 9d d3 6f ca 43  3f ce c7 d9 43 7b d7 63  |.."..o.C?...C{.c|
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    00000080  ca e7 4c cf a7 49 fb 64  bb 30 7d ab 4c e8 6b b9  |..L..I.d.0}.L.k.|
    00000090  ef 44 f4 fd db 4a 2b bf  48 21 f6 e6 11 27 ab 3d  |.D...J+.H!...'.=|
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    00000100  7b a8 39 d6 27 8b 3b 8f  1f 00 7e a3 e2 f6 57 74  |{.9.'.;...~...Wt|
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    00000120  6f c0 78 32 38 fb f0 07  f0 f7 2c c8 67 cb fd 8e  |o.x28.....,.g...|
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    00000140  06 e2 ef e0 fa e3 85 f5  0f c6 7c 58 fc d1 66 56  |..........|X..fV|
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    00000160  f7 18 bc c1 9f b2 b9 f3  d2 91 e4 be 24 77 1f 6d  |............$w.m|
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    00000200
    Deus absconditus

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    Re: Windows 8 boot error

    Windows always installs its boot loader.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...tallingWindows
    How to restore the Ubuntu/XP/Vista/7 bootloader
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...ta/7Bootloader
    Reinstall grub2 - Short version & full chroot version
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2#Reinstalling GRUB2


    You can use your Ubuntu liveCD or download full repair ISO.
    Post the link to the BootInfo report that this creates. Is part of Boot-Repair:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Info
    Boot Repair -Also handles LVM, GPT, separate /boot and UEFI dual boot.:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair
    You can repair many boot issues with this or 'Create BootInfo' report (Other Options) & post the link it creates, so we can see your exact configuration and diagnose advanced problems.
    Install in Ubuntu liveCD or USB or Full RepairCD with Boot-Repair (for newer computers)
    http://sourceforge.net/p/boot-repair/home/Home/
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuSecureRemic

    WARNING for Windows 8 Dual-Booters
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1953674
    It defaults shutdown to a hybrid hibernation/off state for fast boot
    http://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-enab...p-in-windows-8
    But then files may be corrupted similar to Windows 7 Hibernation:
    http://ubuntu-with-wubi.blogspot.ca/...rid-sleep.html
    http://superuser.com/questions/14472...te-w-dual-boot
    Oldfred on vacation. Back Sept 9. Will not have much if any Internet access.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to close thread when/if answered completely.







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    Re: Windows 8 boot error

    Ok. I have already downloaded and installed Boot Repair disk.

    The requested link http://paste.ubuntu.com/1446222/
    This time i had all my externals HDDs connected...hope it helped a little bit more.
    Deus absconditus

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    Re: Windows 8 boot error

    You can just let Boot-Repair reinstall grub to the MBR. I might not install it to all drives, especially if they are external, but it probably does not matter.

    Or you can manually reinstall grub2's boot loader.

    Since you have several large external drives, you might want to review this. I follow his logic, but just install Ubuntu to every drive.

    Creating a Dedicated Knoppix Partition for large drives
    http://www.troubleshooters.com/linux..._partition.htm
    Except I have multiple Ubuntu installs and rotate newest install from drive to drive.
    Oldfred on vacation. Back Sept 9. Will not have much if any Internet access.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to close thread when/if answered completely.







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    Re: Windows 8 boot error

    If you're stuck in Windows, there is an easy way to solve it.
    I use it and it works like a charm:

    http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/

    You can add as many OS's as you like to the Windows bootloader using this program.

    Note, you need to register to download the free version.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Windows 8 boot error

    Ok...so Merry Xmas and Happiest New Year to all guys!
    Thanks to Oldfred I`ve managed to gain access to my Ubuntu again.
    I`m facing other probs now but i guess i`ll leave u alone for now.. )))
    Thanks again...i`m marking it as SOLVED
    Deus absconditus

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