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

    @random832

    I thought you did not know how to get to the UEFI menu. The link to Microsoft shows common keys by vendor.
    I showed various UEFI screens. Your system should have something similar.

    Others with HP have posted this info. I think HP is one that does not let you make Ubuntu the default.
    It seems hp firmware do not allow you to boot anything other than windows. Hence no ubuntu option in the UEFI. To work around it
    1) press esc key while booting to access start up menu 2) press F9 for boot devices menu.
    [SOLVED] Trying to install Ubuntu as dual boot on Windows 8.1 desktop HP500
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2218154
    HP Envy 17 zero brightness, use f3 to change
    acpi=off worked for HP2000
    HP Envy M6
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/34625...is-not-working
    HP Envy - Legacy boot seems to mean either UEFI or Legacy depending on which is found to boot from
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2167063
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    @random832

    I thought you did not know how to get to the UEFI menu. The link to Microsoft shows common keys by vendor.
    I showed various UEFI screens. Your system should have something similar.

    Others with HP have posted this info. I think HP is one that does not let you make Ubuntu the default.
    Oh - there is a menu on F9, I didn't know that was called the UEFI menu. There is an Ubuntu option in it. I was able to boot into Ubuntu by default before upgrading to 14.04.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    @budoc
    Not sure about restore as Boot-Repair may have saved older versions as backups. So a restore could create issues if the restore is older.
    But grub really only boots a working Windows so you may need a Windows repair flash drive to fix Windows. And Boot-Repair can only do very minor fixes to Windows.
    I have managed to capture a quick error message with my camera in video mode.
    Hello,

    I'm just writing to let you know that I have fixed my Windows 8 issues by manually restoring the backup copy of bootmgfw.efi and then running

    Code:
    sudo modprobe efivars
    sudo update-grub
    Thank you for your assistance in this thread.

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

    Hi.. I tried this evening to install he latest Ubuntu.. Ran into grub issues on boot..
    windows 7 on ssd and three other drives. The installer only gave me one install option so went with that. I'm guessing it resized what it needed and rebooted..
    now I have the grub issue.
    The drive Ubuntu in installed on is not a boot drive.. Just one of my data drives...
    I tried boot-repair and rebooted and it didn't fix it..
    i don't see the drive in the bios/boot priority list..
    I tried installing the x64 version btw

    http://paste.ubuntu.com/7401498
    im thinking of taking all my drives out except the 250gb drive with Ubuntu on it and my ssd boot drive..

    thanks in advance.
    Last edited by darren11; May 6th, 2014 at 12:44 AM.

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

    @darren11
    In BIOS you should be able to set the drive that is sdd as a boot drive and boot Ubuntu. Or use one time boot key.
    But with a nVidia card you will need nomodeset to boot.

    At grub menu you can use e for edit, scroll to linux line and replace quiet splash with nomodeset.
    How to set NOMODESET and other kernel boot options in grub2 - both BIOS liveCD & grub first boot ( also UEFI with grub)
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1613132


    On first boot after install, press e on getting the GRUB bootloader menu.
    Hold shift from BIOS boot to get menu if only one system installed.
    Using arrow keys navigate to and delete quiet and splash and type the word nomodeset in their place
    Press Ctrl and X to boot (low graphics mode), install nVidia driver suggested by Ubuntu.

    I also do not like Boot-Repairs auto fix when you have mulitple drives. It installs grub everywhere.
    Best to use advanced mode. You do want to restore Windows boot loader to drive that is sda - 120GB. You can use Boot-Repair's advanced mode, choose system and choose drive. Or use Windows repair CD or flash drive and run fixMBR command.

    You also converted sdb to dynamic partitions. You want to undo that as Linux cannot read it and some Windows tools will not repair it. You have to use third party tools to undo dynamic as Microsofts fix is full backup, erase drive and repartition.
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...=vs.85%29.aspx
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...asic-disk.html

    Used EASEUS Partition Master - free version used to include conversion
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1692248
    EASEUS Partition Master - The free home edition converted both dynamic partitions into basic partitions in less than 5 minutes!!
    http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Thanks so much oldfred.
    Can you tell me where I went wrong??

    dynamic partitions? Did the Ubuntu installer do that?

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

    @darren11
    If you use something else as install option, then on the partitioning screen is the combo box and the drives & partitions to install grub, sda is the default. Almost never choose a partition and never choose a NTFS partition(do not know why they even offer that).
    All auto install options will install grub2's boot loader into the MBR of sda.

    Dynamic partitions is a Windows proprietary thing. It usually changes to that whenever you want more than 4 partitions, rather than use an extended partition with logical partitions. Some new Linux tools now recognize a dynamic partition, but still will not work with it.
    Dynamic partitions is like LVM is in Linux. Another way to work around the 4 primary partition limit and in Linux allows encryption or spanning drives. Claims to be easier to change partitions. But adds another level of complication to entire drive configuration and requires special partition tools. May have higher risk of data loss as if spanning a drive any one drive failure loses all data.

    Install to external drive. Also any second drive.
    Also shows combo box with location of grub2 boot loader
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/Installing
    And you want this screen to choose where to install the grub2 boot loader which is only available with Something Else or manual install
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Gr...ing_Else.22.29:
    Installer version has not changed much so still a good guide except I do not recommend the separate /boot for most systems. Older systems may need it. And some with very large / (root) partitions. BIOS/MBR not for UEFI
    http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2012/07/23...2-hard-drives/
    Last edited by oldfred; May 6th, 2014 at 03:51 PM.
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Thank you very much for the utility. I just used it to repair my friends computer. Very well done. Thanks again.

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

    So... something weird...
    I bit the bullet and removed all my drives except my SSD, put my Win7 disk and repaired the mbr.. that got my Win7 working. I plugged up all my other drives... a couple of reboots later I get the grub menu ( allowing me to select Ubunto, Win 7 etc ) weird...

    is it because the boot-repair thing put grub on all my drives??
    Anyway.. it looks like it`s working ( for now ) thanks for your help oldfred

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

    @darren11
    Could be, with multiple drives only use Boot-Repair's advanced mode to make fixes. Most users would want a different boot loader in each MBR, I would think. But Boot-Repair just adds it everywhere, so you do not have to know which drive in BIOS is set as boot drive.

    Grub probably already had a Windows entry, so you would see that even without a new sudo update-grub.
    You may have had to reinstall drives in same order, but most entries now use UUID not device so drive order should not matter.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
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