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  1. #121
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    Re: Dual Boot on Two Drives

    Hi!
    I'm new to ubuntu, I recently installed it.
    I have 3 hard drives:
    1. 120GB sata with two partitions, Windoxs XP on the first (ntfs), and some data on the other (ntfs)
    2. 200GB sata (ntfs), just for my stuff
    3. and a 160GB IDE drive with ubuntu




    I set in the BIOS to boot from the IDE drive first, not the onboard sata. GRUB comes in, everything is cool, but when I want to boot to XP GRUB says Loading please wait... and thats it. It doesn't do anything from this point. No error msgs, no nothing...
    I can boot into my windows if I set the boot priority to boot from the onboard sata first, but I'd like to use GRUB instead of setting the BIOS all the time I want to load windows.

    Code:
    cat /boot/grub/device.map
    
    (hd0)   /dev/hda
    (hd1)   /dev/sda
    (hd2)   /dev/sdb
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    
    Disk /dev/hda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
    Units = cilinderek of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    
      Eszköz Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/hda1   *           1        6397    51383871   83  Linux
    /dev/hda2            6398       19457   104904450    b  W95 FAT32
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
    Units = cilinderek of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    
      Eszköz Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *           1        6553    52636941    7  HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2            6554       14593    64581300    7  HPFS/NTFS
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
    Units = cilinderek of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    
      Eszköz Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdb1               1       24320   195350368+   7  HPFS/NTFS
    Code:
    # This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
    # ones.
    title		Other operating systems:
    root
    
    
    # This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
    # on /dev/sda1
    title		Microsoft Windows XP Professional - magyar
    root		(hd1,0)
    savedefault
    makeactive
    map		(hd0) (hd1)
    map		(hd1) (hd0)
    chainloader	+1

  2. #122
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    Re: Dual Boot on Two Drives

    Your grub entry looks like it should boot Windows...you could try:
    rootnoverify (hd1,0)
    instead of
    root (hd1,0)

  3. #123
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    Re: Dual Boot on Two Drives

    Thank you for the reply, I tried it but it didn't help. I got an error when I tried to boot into windows:
    Error 23: Error while parsing number
    I've checked the grub error list but I didn't get any smarter, it says:
    Error while parsing number
    This error is returned if GRUB was expecting to read a numbur and encountered bad data.

  4. #124
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    Re: Dual Boot on Two Drives

    Hello,

    I followed the instructions at the beginning of this post but can't seem to get into the GRUB menu! I even increased the timer setting to 5 seconds to make sure I didn't miss it. During boot I get prompted to press ESC to enter GRUB, but when I do the timer just keeps counting down. When it gets to 0, it starts loading Ubuntu.

    Any idea what might be going on here?

    Thanks,
    -Pitt

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    Re: Dual Boot on Two Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by Pitt Stains View Post
    Hello,

    I followed the instructions at the beginning of this post but can't seem to get into the GRUB menu! I even increased the timer setting to 5 seconds to make sure I didn't miss it. During boot I get prompted to press ESC to enter GRUB, but when I do the timer just keeps counting down. When it gets to 0, it starts loading Ubuntu.

    Any idea what might be going on here?

    Thanks,
    -Pitt
    Don't understand why you want into a Grub menu, if Ubuntu loads what's the problem?

  6. #126
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    Re: Dual Boot on Two Drives

    Things keep changing all the time. Lately they made menu.lst to be password protected; I dont remember in what type of Ubuntu. But look in the menu.lst for a sentence beginning with : password. Earlier it was commented but nowadays the default is that it is not.
    Password is asked when you press letter: b . You can change the password but default was ubuntu if I recall right.

  7. #127
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    Re: Dual Boot on Two Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by gn2 View Post
    Don't understand why you want into a Grub menu, if Ubuntu loads what's the problem?
    Ubuntu is my default boot. The problem is that I have no way of selecting my secondary boot since I can't get into Grub.

  8. #128
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    Re: Dual Boot on Two Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by petteriIII View Post
    Things keep changing all the time. Lately they made menu.lst to be password protected; I dont remember in what type of Ubuntu. But look in the menu.lst for a sentence beginning with : password. Earlier it was commented but nowadays the default is that it is not.
    Password is asked when you press letter: b . You can change the password but default was ubuntu if I recall right.
    The password line is indeed commented out. I noticed this little bit of code:

    Code:
    ## hiddenmenu
    # Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
    hiddenmenu
    I'm going to comment out the hiddenmenu and see if it goes to Grub by default. Not ideal, as I'll be booting to Ubuntu 75% of the time or more, but hopefully it will give me access to both OS. Will let you know how it goes.

  9. #129
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    Re: Dual Boot on Two Drives

    Ha! OK, I suspected this, but now I'm sure. It seems that my keyboard is not loaded (or at least it doesn't work) until later on in the boot process. I got into the Grub menu by commenting out the hiddenmenu line but once there couldn't select a different boot (although I could see that they were all there).

    Any ideas on how to get the keyboard working sooner?

    Thanks,
    Pitt

  10. #130
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    Re: Dual Boot on Two Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by Pitt Stains View Post
    Ubuntu is my default boot. The problem is that I have no way of selecting my secondary boot since I can't get into Grub.
    Windows on it's own drive with native bootloader can be booted by using F8 Boot Device Selection Menu (where BIOS has this function)

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