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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    I don't know what happened with boot repair but it is creating more problems than it used to be solving once.

    The last time I ran it in Linux Mint it took over 30 minutes.

    I still can't access my XP partition from grub.

    Fortunately I kept a backdoor on my second HD's boot screen (WIN loader).
    From there XP and Xubuntu wubi run without any problems.
    That indicates that it is a grub problems, nothing wrong with XP or boot.ini.
    Or not?

    - mephisto

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    @JkbrrLJ0
    Boot-Repair does not fix wubi, nor most Windows issues. But may repair a MBR to boot Windows.

    Post link to BootInfo report if you want help.
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    @ oldfred here's the link
    http://paste.ubuntu.com/6091280/

    A short overview:
    It's a two HD system.
    System boots on sda, grub works, but when I select the Windows XP on sda, all I get is a blank black screen instead of the sda boot.ini loader.
    I have another xp Pro installed on sdb, that is also linked in grub, that one works and loads the win loader on sdb.
    In that loader on sdb I have also added a link to WinXP on sda (just in case... I thought at the time), that one works.
    And the Xubuntu wubi (on sda) works from the sdb loader too.
    Both Win XP Pro and Wubi Xubuntu on sda run fine, without any problems at all, when started from sdb boot.ini.

    There's nothing wrong with the wubi install, so I don't expect boot repair to fix it.
    I just can't access it from sda because the bootmenu/loader from XP on sda never displays.

    I had a similar problem the first time I installed linux, a year and a half ago, yanni tried to help me, but we got stuck.
    Ended up considering a reinstall of Win XP. (Hence the fresh Win XP on sdb)
    Until one day I loaded the sda boot.ini into wine notepad and I saw there were (linux) control characters in there that weren't supposed to be there.
    I removed them, saved.. and problem solved.
    Tried that again now, but no luck. boot.ini is as clean as a whistle, no control characters anywhere.
    It's all a bit of a mystery to me.
    It's no real drama, everything works, I just have to take the detour via sdb.
    As long as both my drives remain intact it's all fine.
    I just like to have sda win loader running in case sdb fails.
    (Not that I use Win XP much anymore anyway, I feel comfortable on Linux Mint and Xubuntu by now)

    Can anyone explain to me what makes boot repair so slow all of a sudden?
    30 mins on linux mint 12.04 LTS. With nothing else running.
    I don't remember it ever taking so long.
    It's the latest version from yanni's ppa.

    -mephisto

    boot-note (pun intended) : those two linux partitions (swap + ext 4) you'll see on sdb, are now occupied, I migrated the wubi xubuntu 12.04.3 LTS there earlier today.
    Last edited by Mephisto Pheles; September 12th, 2013 at 04:13 AM.

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    I do not really see anything wrong.
    Is the ----- as the end of the last line of boot.ini in sda1 just how boot repair posted it or are those --- in boot.ini?

    As you have found out.
    If editing windows files like boot.ini
    (Use nano instead of gedit, it's better for dos-style linebreaks)
    Linux, of course, uses only LF as newline and DOS is expecting CR/LF so text files look wrong in DOS.
    New versions of gedit have an combo box under save as to cchoose windows format.

    You also have older kernels, it may be time to houseclean.

    You also have grub2 installed to the PBR - partition boot sector of a NTFS partition - sda11. You should use testdisk to restore backup or possible use Windows tools. It may be difficult with Windows as it will not even think it is NTFS as grub2 in PBR corrupts the NTFS.
    Fix for most, a few have other issues, better than windows fix in many cases as it also fixes other parameters:
    This has instructions on using testdisk to repair the install of grub to the boot sector for windows from Ubuntu or Linux LiveCD.
    http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawik...ms:Boot_Sector
    You want to get to this screen:
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestD...ector_recovery
    OR:
    [HowTo] Repair the bootsector of a Windows partition - YannBuntu
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootSectorFix
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1926510

    I have a lot of installs and it just takes longer for Bootscript & Boot-Repair the more installs it has to process. And if any Windows partitions need chkdsk it gets real slow. Yann fixed some of that type of issues.

    I preferred to use a larger data partition, then have folders for each type of data and link each folder back into my /home. Some also use bind in fstab for similar way to mount many folders. The disadvantage of many partitions is one may fill before another and then you have to reorganize.
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    Thanks oldfred I'll look into those issues.

    boot.ini doesn't have the ----- you mentioned

    I'll take a look at test disk.

    The strange thing is everything was running fine for quite a while,
    and then I ran boot-repair for some reason, I don't remember now why exactly,
    and now this problem is back again.

    But like I said it's nothing critical.

    I have no other disk problems of any sort. Not under windows nor linux.

    Are those older kernels a problem? Could they cause any?
    They saved my butt a few times...
    So I'd rather hang on to some to have something to fall back on.
    How do I houseclean those? apt remove/purge?


    Thanks for the help
    Last edited by Mephisto Pheles; September 12th, 2013 at 06:41 AM.

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    Quote Originally Posted by JkbrrLJ View Post
    Are those older kernels a problem? Could they cause any?
    They saved my butt a few times...
    So I'd rather hang on to some to have something to fall back on.
    How do I houseclean those? apt remove/purge?
    Those old kernels occupy disk space. Otherwise they are not a problem, unless the partition where they are located is almost full.

    You should not remove all of them, leave at least one old set of kernel files, so that you have the newest kernel plus one previous kernel (that you have run and know works for 'everything'). If you install Ubuntu Tweak, it is easy to perform house-cleaning of kernel files and also other kinds of files, that are not necessary to keep.

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    I use synaptic, but you also can use command line. And I always keep one older kernel just in case.

    Determine your current kernel:
    uname -a
    uname -r
    In synaptic search for linux-image to choose to delete old ones
    Also command line in post #8
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1283521
    cd /boot
    ls vmlinuz*
    sudo apt-get purge linux-image-[version]-generic linux-image-[version]-generic
    Multiples, just be sure not to delete your current kerne.:
    sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.5.0-{XX,XX,XX,XX,XX,XX}-generic
    Example:
    sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.5.0-{17,18,19,21,22,23,24}-generic
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    Hi, I have problems installing GRUB on a Windows 7 HDD.

    Originally I installed Ubuntu on an external SSD (coonected via USB), which I can access without problems via the Ubuntu Bootloader from my laptop.
    Now I wanted to be able to access the same SSD on a Windows 7 Desktop PC.
    I thought just running boot-repair from a LinuxLive-USB Stick would be sufficient to implement GRUB into the Win7 HDD MBR.
    However, after the reboot the PC still boots directly into Windows without any Boot options showing up.
    Here is the link to my boot-repair logfile.

    http://paste.ubuntu.com/6100524/

    I would really appreciate some advice how to fix this problem.

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    @christoph3
    I do not know RAID, but with RAID you do not install to MBR, but to root of RAID and system boots from that. Only if you have a drive outside the RAID like your external drive then you install to MBR.

    But if an external drive, you do not install grub to internal drives. As then if you remove external you would not be able to boot. Unless you fully install a system or in special cases a full install of grub with a grub partition and manually configured grub.cfg for boot menu.

    You should just be able to use one time boot key (f12 on my system) or change BIOS boot order. Press boot key as system is starting.
    UEFI/BIOS Boot keys - about halfway down on this Microsoft page
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...ows-to-go.aspx
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in 1 click!

    Hi folks - On a system that booted only Ubuntu 13.04 I created a 50 GB partition in ntfs format with gparted and installed Windows 7 on it. As far as I can tell it is installed (I can see the windows files from Ubuntu). I ran boot-repair from a USB disk and the GRUB menu now appears but without an option to boot into Windows and when I boot up on the Windows install disk I receive a message that seems to be something to do with the boot loader not working. Herewith the link provided by boot-repair:

    paste.ubuntu.com/6103472/

    If anybody could suggest how I can get windows running and have a dual boot system, I would be grateful.

    With thanks, Martin

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