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  1. #1
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    [SOLVED] Dual Boot reinstall GRUB problem

    Hi all,
    here. my setup:

    Disk /dev/sda: 750.1 GB, 750156374016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x3b5d652c

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 2 91201 732564000 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda2 1 1 8001 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda5 2 91201 732563968+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

    Partition table entries are not in disk order

    Disk /dev/sdb: 300.0 GB, 300090728448 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 36483 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xdabde656

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 * 2 36483 293041665 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sdb5 2 36483 293041633+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

    Disk /dev/sdc: 203.9 GB, 203928109056 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24792 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x24502450

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdc1 * 1 12748 102398278+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sdc2 12749 24792 96743430 5 Extended
    /dev/sdc5 12749 24414 93707113+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sdc6 24415 24792 3036253+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    Disk /dev/sdd: 1031 MB, 1031798784 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 125 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0004e0f6

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdd1 * 1 126 1007584+ e W95 FAT16 (LBA)
    Partition 1 has different physical/logical endings:
    phys=(124, 254, 63) logical=(125, 112, 51)

    I previously had a working double boot with XP and i486 Ubuntu, both setup on SDC, i uninstalled Ubuntu and deleted the partitions, did a fixmbr from windows and installed i386 Ubuntu in the same location.

    The problem is that i can't boot into Ubuntu, only directly to XP Grub does not load i suppose the fixmbr did not work.

    If i change the boot order from SDC to SDA then i get a Grub error 21

    any ideas?

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    Re: Dual Boot reinstall GRUB problem

    Do you have an install CD available?? If so, try to mount the linux partition and edit menu.lst for grub.

    -Melissa

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    Re: Dual Boot reinstall GRUB problem

    as an alternative, http://www.supergrubdisk.org/ is your best friend. =)

    Also, check out the advice people gave me on this post: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=809403

    I ended up doing a roundabout fix, because I couldn't download a super grub disk while at work, but their advice was very helpful.
    Last edited by melrom; June 4th, 2008 at 01:58 PM.

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    Re: Dual Boot reinstall GRUB problem

    My guess is that when you did fixmbr, the Windows boot loader went into the MBR of /dev/sdc, so when you set your BIOS to boot that disk, it goes right to Windows. But, your previous Ubuntu installation put grub in the MBR of /dev/sda, so when you set your BIOS to boot that disk, grub starts. It seems that you did not install grub with your new installation. So, since you re-partitioned, the grub boot loader can no longer find its stage2, and you get the error. The grub boot loader is "hard-wired" to find its stage2 file when it is installed. It cannot search for it. So, if you repartiton, grub is lost.

    If you want to fix your system so that it dual-boots, you will need to re-install grub. First, decide which hard disk you want to have as your boot disk in BIOS, and set your BIOS that way. It really doesn't matter, but it is best to boot the same disk that has your Ubuntu system on it I think.

    Once you have set your BIOS to boot the disk you want, boot an Ubuntu Live CD. Open a terminal window and enter grub. That should get you the grub shell program, with the grub> prompt. At the grub prompt enter[code]find /boot/grub/stage2[code]It should return a partition number in grub-form, like (hd2,4). Whatever it returns, use as the argument of the root statement:
    Code:
    root (hd2,4)
    Then, install the boot loader into the disk that you designated to boot. Usually, this will be numbered as 0 by the BIOS:
    Code:
    setup (hd0)
    Then, remove the Live CD and reboot.

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    Re: Dual Boot reinstall GRUB problem

    If i change the boot order from SDC
    Since you are booting from SDC, which is the Ubuntu drive, you need

    Code:
    sudo grub
    root (hd2,4)  # Output from "find /boot/grub/stage2
    setup (hd2)          #  First number from the output
    quit

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    Re: Dual Boot reinstall GRUB problem

    Here´s the latest.
    I can log into my new Ubuntu install by editing the Grub menu on startup, it points to (hd2,5) i change it to (hd0,4) and i´m in

    once inside the result given by # find /boot/grub/stage2 is (hd1,4)

    Then i use

    Code:
    root (hd1,4)
    setup (hd1)
    quit
    reboot

    on reboot i have to edit the grub menu again because nothing has changed, so i try a different approach, i use the info that works on startup instead of the one given by the find command, here is what i do and get:

    Code:
    grub> find /boot/grub/stage2
     (hd1,4)
    
    grub> root (hd0,4)
    
    grub> setup (hd0)
    
    Error 17: Cannot mount selected partition
    by the way hereś menu.lst

    ## ## End Default Options ##

    title Ubuntu 8.04, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic
    root (hd2,5)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=UUID=d08522a9-0cdf-4b89-9b04-a816ee9bb14b ro quiet splash
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic
    quiet

    title Ubuntu 8.04, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic (recovery mode)
    root (hd2,5)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=UUID=d08522a9-0cdf-4b89-9b04-a816ee9bb14b ro single
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic

    title Ubuntu 8.04, memtest86+
    root (hd2,5)
    kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin
    quiet

    ### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST

    # 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/sdc1
    title Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    root (hd2,0)
    savedefault
    makeactive
    map (hd0) (hd2)
    map (hd2) (hd0)
    chainloader +1
    Thanks,

    Diego

  7. #7
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    Re: Dual Boot reinstall GRUB problem

    Got it!

    Of course the answer was right there, too bad i was not looking.

    i edited menu.lst to the values that worked manually on startup.

    Again, Thanks to all.

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