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    Problems installing ubuntu 13 among win8

    hi, I have done several times this procedure installing ubuntu in already existing windows, however, now seems impossible to get it done, I've read many tutorials, applied some changes in grub.cfg and others tutorials, including supergrub2 and its brother, but still wrong.

    Historic:

    - Brand-new Lenovo Y500 with win8, then installed correctly using this tutorial: http://askubuntu.com/questions/27257...on-lenovo-y500

    - when restart, in grub splash screen only works ubuntu and runs correctly, others give error

    - installed and executed "boot-repair", now gives different errors and only works ubuntu

    - executed "boot-repair" again and in advanced settings restored, then currently only load windows (no grub splash)


    I asked people and suggested me to use syslinux/chroot instead of grub but dont want more complication, using live cd is not a solution


    Can anyone tell me what pastebins do I have to place here so we can fix it and have grub with multi-os?
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    Re: Problems installing ubuntu 13 among win8

    If you could tell us where "boot-repair" put pastbin, that would be great. It will hep us determine where the error lies.

    Also, members jump all over any boot issues. So just be patient.
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    Re: Problems installing ubuntu 13 among win8

    I did some digging on the Y500 and it seems that people have problems with grub. An easy fix is to use syslinux instead of grub. That will probably be the most straightforward solution. You will probably have to go in through a live CD or USB and chroot into your ubuntu system. Then remove grub and install syslinux.

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    Re: Problems installing ubuntu 13 among win8

    ok guys, I am going to run in live-cd then install/run boot-repair and paste here the results

    I am afraid I wont be able to start win8 again like happened before, brb
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    Re: Problems installing ubuntu 13 among win8 (paypal money for your help)

    there it is the result of boot/repair http://paste.ubuntu.com/5804981/

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    Re: Problems installing ubuntu 13 among win8

    Quote Originally Posted by annlee View Post
    ok guys, I am going to run in live-cd then install/run boot-repair and paste here the results

    I am afraid I wont be able to start win8 again like happened before, brb
    When you boot to your live cd, take your files you want to preserve from Win8 just in case something goes wrong (hopefully not) and slap them on a cd/usb/network share. Just a friendly reminder
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    Re: Problems installing ubuntu 13 among win8

    ok, after applying boot-repair now I messed it all, cant run ubuntu nor win8

    I dont have any files to save from win8 (luckyly)

    in startup gives an error, so I am in your hands if you help me

    do you need screenshots from BIOS and startup errors?
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    Re: Problems installing ubuntu 13 among win8

    @annlee,

    Just looking at the "pastebin" file, it looks like you have several hard drives. First off, sda has no boot loader, and has no known file system. sdb and sdc. What are they external drives?
    Since you have Windows 8, you must be using UEFI, as sdb2 and sdb3 are referring to.
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    Re: Problems installing ubuntu 13 among win8

    Quote Originally Posted by VMC View Post
    @annlee,

    Just looking at the "pastebin" file, it looks like you have several hard drives. First off, sda has no boot loader, and has no known file system. sdb and sdc. What are they external drives?
    Since you have Windows 8, you must be using UEFI, as sdb2 and sdb3 are referring to.
    Lenovo Y500 has 2 hard drives:
    - 1TB (win8, linux, swap...)
    - 16GB SSD
    each one has repair sections,

    "sda has no boot loader": how do I add one? seems boot-repair removed it

    the only external drive is the USB live ubuntu I am using

    "Since you have Windows 8, you must be using UEFI, as sdb2 and sdb3 are referring to" it is set in BIOS to use UEFI also secure mode off

    Can you please give me some steps or do you have any other question?

    Perhaps, if I restore EFI from advanced section in boot-repair, can at least go back to win8 like (I think) I did before?
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    Re: Problems installing ubuntu 13 among win8

    there are some "ubuntu grub2 win8" threads around when googling about, like that one:
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/300467/wheres-my-win8-go

    http://www.google.fr/#q=ubuntu+grub2...w=1672&bih=924
    Last edited by QIII; June 27th, 2013 at 06:27 PM.

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