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Thread: Removed XP hdd from double boot and now Ubuntu won't start

  1. #11
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    Re: Removed XP hdd from double boot and now Ubuntu won't start

    I tried what "confused57" suggested but there is no change. The PC would not boot again until I connect the XP drive. Now when I do

    Code:
    fdisk -l
    this is what I see

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    Disk /dev/sda: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000af693

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 4863 39062016 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 4864 5228 2931862+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda3 5229 38913 270574762+ 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 12645 38913 211005711 b W95 FAT32
    /dev/sda6 7661 12644 40033948+ b W95 FAT32
    /dev/sda7 5229 7659 19526944+ 83 Linux

    Partition table entries are not in disk order

    Disk /dev/sdb: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x9b179b17

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 * 1 14592 117210208+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

    Disk /dev/sdc: 36.3 GB, 36367229952 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4421 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x06290628

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdc1 1 4421 35511651 b W95 FAT32


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    my 320GB is the Linux drive and my 120GB is the XP drive. Both show as bootable. When I go to fstab I believe my XP drive is marked with an #. So I have done what you suggest and it seems in the fstab it is as it should be, but I still see both partitions as bootable, and the comp would not boot without the XP drive attached. My fstab

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    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
    proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
    # /dev/hda1
    UUID=ebb9b1b3-fb43-4b5c-b76a-b0db95228b8e / ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
    # /dev/hda7
    UUID=885bdc97-4204-4244-abc5-5d78065ee936 /home ext3 relatime 0 2
    # /dev/hda5
    UUID=47E5-6035 /media/hda5 vfat utf8,umask=007,gid=46 0 1
    # /dev/hda6
    UUID=C182-7E37 /media/hda6 vfat utf8,umask=007,gid=46 0 1
    # /dev/hdb1
    #UUID=BE04926C04922783 /media/hdb1 ntfs defaults,umask=007,gid=46 0 1
    # /dev/hda2
    UUID=be829f4c-532d-43a8-bb9c-33e8f2934580 none swap sw 0 0
    /dev/hdc /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
    #Added by diskmounter utility
    #/dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1 ntfs ro,user,fmask=0111,dmask=0000 0 0
    #Added by diskmounter utility
    /dev/sda5 /media/sda5 vfat rw,user,fmask=0111,dmask=0000 0 0
    #Added by diskmounter utility
    /dev/sda6 /media/sda6 vfat rw,user,fmask=0111,dmask=0000 0 0
    #Added by diskmounter utility
    /dev/sdc1 /media/sdc1 vfat rw,user,fmask=0111,dmask=0000 0 0
    #Added by diskmounter utility
    /dev/sdd1 /media/sdd1 vfat rw,user,fmask=0111,dmask=0000 0 0
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  2. #12
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    Re: Removed XP hdd from double boot and now Ubuntu won't start

    how exactly to reinstall it?

    thanks

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    Re: Removed XP hdd from double boot and now Ubuntu won't start

    you are getting a bios error when it says to insert system disk this is before it get hard drive info from the bios.

    place the drive with ubuntu in the place of the drive you took out, change its jumper to master, it should either boot, or give you grub error, if you get grub error then the bios now knows the drive is there and now you can fix the grub file and menu.lst

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    Re: Removed XP hdd from double boot and now Ubuntu won't start

    As upchucky and Potatoj316 said, it's a bios error, but it didn't hurt to edit your fstab. You might want to check the hard drive boot order in bios, it may be bios is trying to boot first to the smaller hard drive sdc?

    You might try booting with the live cd inserted & select to boot to first hard disk, just to see if it will boot.
    Last edited by confused57; July 22nd, 2008 at 02:37 PM.

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    Re: Removed XP hdd from double boot and now Ubuntu won't start

    the way I have it, I have every single drive on my pc "cable select. I use the sata1 and sata2 and sata3 or if it is ide, primary far end and secondary middle.

    You should have all your disks cable select and on the motherboard, figure out which one is your sata0, sata1, sata2 sata0 being the first and primary drive.

    You need to configure your hardware correctly to begin with. With my rig, i can pop out winxp and pc wont complain at all.

    I hope this info helps. after configuring your hardware, of course nothing is going to work still.

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    Re: Removed XP hdd from double boot and now Ubuntu won't start

    Thankyou for noting that I called the BIOS error
    Last edited by Potatoj316; July 22nd, 2008 at 02:38 PM.
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    Re: Removed XP hdd from double boot and now Ubuntu won't start

    it was the HDD jumper. I had it as master main and cable select 2nd drive. When I pulled second drive and left the jumper on the first drive on master I guess bios was looking for a second drive. Now I changed it to cable select and voila...

    Thank you so much for your help guys

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    Re: Removed XP hdd from double boot and now Ubuntu won't start

    GLAD IT GOT SOLVED! when you yank your jumper to cable select, your computer will use the cable and not the jumper. If you force to master and you had a second ide in master, you totally confuse the bios.

    cable select is the way to go and let the cables to all the work and not the hardrive jumper. Every single drive should use cable select unless absolutely necessery out of some wierd setup you may then need to force a master on one drive.
    Last edited by Cresho; July 23rd, 2008 at 06:13 AM.

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