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    installed but booting to windows

    first yes I'm a noob.
    I installed ubuntu it said it was installed and the partition for ubunto shows 6gigs of the 200+ used but it boots into windows and when i try to choose ubunto it isn't an option.
    can i get it to boot to ubuntu with out reinstall?
    if not do in need to reformat the partition it used for ubuntu and if so what file forma do I use.
    windows seven.
    thank you from the noob.

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    Re: installed but booting to windows

    This is because GRUB was improperly installed or not installed at all to your master boot record (or you installed Windows after you installed Ubuntu and Windows overwrote it).

    There's a pretty good tutorial here on how to fix that.

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    Re: installed but booting to windows

    Quote Originally Posted by aliddell View Post
    This is because GRUB was improperly installed or not installed at all to your master boot record (or you installed Windows after you installed Ubuntu and Windows overwrote it).

    There's a pretty good tutorial here on how to fix that.
    thank you
    WOW not sure i understand most of that. It may be easier to wipe the whole thing and start over.
    it lost me at 2. open a shell window and become root.

    my machine boots fine but it doesn't see ubuntu.

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    Re: installed but booting to windows

    Welcome to the forums.

    Try Boot Repair. Not sure if it's in the repos. Have a look (Synaptic Package Manager or Software Centre). If not, look here:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair

    You will find that a lot easier.

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    Re: installed but booting to windows

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    Welcome to the forums.

    Try Boot Repair. Not sure if it's in the repos. Have a look (Synaptic Package Manager or Software Centre). If not, look here:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair

    You will find that a lot easier.
    Working know. Fingers crossed
    Last edited by Kenneth David; November 20th, 2012 at 03:25 AM. Reason: jumped gun

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    Re: installed but booting to windows

    Good luck. The other thing you might try if it's still happening is to start hitting the shift key after the BIOS screen. That should bring up the menu list where you can choose what to boot.

    If you are still not getting that list, try Grub Customizer, also very easy, and check that the list is set to appear and stick around for awhile until you make a decision:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=10340183

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    Re: installed but booting to windows

    I don't say this every day but I love you man.
    Everything is as should be.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    Welcome to the forums.

    Try Boot Repair. Not sure if it's in the repos. Have a look (Synaptic Package Manager or Software Centre). If not, look here:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair

    You will find that a lot easier.
    Last edited by Kenneth David; November 20th, 2012 at 03:41 AM.

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    Re: installed but booting to windows

    With only 6gigs partitioned for Ubuntu, You should be careful how much you install and download; space could get tight in a hurry.
    Castles Made of Sand,
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    Re: installed but booting to windows

    the partition is 250 but i could see the 6 gigs used. that's how i knew it was installed.

    Quote Originally Posted by arpanaut View Post
    With only 6gigs partitioned for Ubuntu, You should be careful how much you install and download; space could get tight in a hurry.

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    Re: installed but booting to windows

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenneth David View Post
    the partition is 250 but i could see the 6 gigs used. that's how i knew it was installed.
    I see,
    Pardon the interruption...

    I must read more carefully in the future!
    Last edited by arpanaut; November 20th, 2012 at 04:48 AM. Reason: My Bad
    Castles Made of Sand,
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