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    [SOLVED] Can't Boot Vista After Ubuntu Install

    HELP! I cannot boot into windows vista anymore. I get to the screen where I have a couple options to boot (vista and ubuntu) and ubuntu boots fine. However, if I select vista the microsoft screen comes up like usual, then instead of starting windows I get a big screen that says GATEWAY on it (my laptop manufacturer) and a system recovery tool opens up. HELP!

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    Re: Can't Boot Vista After Ubuntu Install

    Hi.

    You should start by posting the output of
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    and
    Code:
    cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
    This will tell us what partitions you have and what grub thinks they are.

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    Re: Can't Boot Vista After Ubuntu Install

    sudo fdisk -l won't help because I have a raid0 setup
    it just returns: Unable to seek on /dev/sda



    ## ## End Default Options ##

    title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-21-generic
    root (hd0,2)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.24-21-generic root=/dev/mapper/isw_diihdeefba_RAID06 ro splash vga=795
    initrd /initrd.img-2.6.24-21-generic

    title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-21-generic (recovery mode)
    root (hd0,2)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.24-21-generic root=/dev/mapper/isw_diihdeefba_RAID06 ro single
    initrd /initrd.img-2.6.24-21-generic

    title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic
    root (hd0,2)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-generic root=/dev/mapper/isw_diihdeefba_RAID06 ro splash vga=795
    initrd /initrd.img-2.6.24-19-generic

    title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic (recovery mode)
    root (hd0,2)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-generic root=/dev/mapper/isw_diihdeefba_RAID06 ro single
    initrd /initrd.img-2.6.24-19-generic

    title Ubuntu 8.04.1, memtest86+
    root (hd0,2)
    kernel /memtest86+.bin


    Those are the respective results. However, when I start my computer it detects Windows Vista as an option. It starts to load and then brings me to my system recovery options. I think this means something within vista got screwed up? Does ubuntu/grub overwrite anything in Vista?

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    Re: Can't Boot Vista After Ubuntu Install

    grub shouldn't touch vista but if you resized your vista partition with GParted (in the installer) it might have affected the vista settings. it's possible GRUB is trying to boot to the recovery partition rather than the real Vista partition. unfortunately without some kind of partition list, i can't really say...

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    Re: Can't Boot Vista After Ubuntu Install

    sounds to me like grub is not recognizing the correct startup file for windows and probably installed somewhere strange. here's a thread to reinstall grub besides that, i would check the grub menu file with
    sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
    in terminal and post up what the file has on your windows install. hope this starts to help.

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    Re: Can't Boot Vista After Ubuntu Install

    It sounds like you're booting to the recovery partition on the laptop and not the main OS partition.

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    Re: Can't Boot Vista After Ubuntu Install

    That's not a grub problem folks!

    That happens when Vista gets corrupted by resizing with anything other than it's own partitioning tools.

    This may work:

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...sta-partition/

    If not there are two people that frequent this site that know how to fix it:
    meierfra and caljohnsmith. Maybe others but I know they can.

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    Re: Can't Boot Vista After Ubuntu Install

    Add this to your menu.lst file:

    Code:
    title Windows Vista (1)
    root (hd0,0)
    makeactive
    chainloader +1
    boot
    
    title Windows Vista (2)
    root (hd0,1)
    makeactive
    chainloader +1
    boot
    The first entry will try to boot from the 1st partition of the 1st disk, and the second will try to boot from the 2nd partition of the 1st disk. It's a little trial & error, but logic follows that if Ubuntu is on your 3rd partition, Vista is on the 1st or 2nd.

    Your error is likely being caused by GRUB incorrectly identifying your recovery partition as Vista's partition. Once you identify which of those options boots to Windows you can just delete the other one.

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    Re: Can't Boot Vista After Ubuntu Install

    Quote Originally Posted by WhyCantEveryOSBePerfect View Post
    sudo fdisk -l won't help because I have a raid0 setup
    it just returns: Unable to seek on /dev/sda



    ## ## End Default Options ##

    title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-21-generic
    root (hd0,2)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.24-21-generic root=/dev/mapper/isw_diihdeefba_RAID06 ro splash vga=795
    initrd /initrd.img-2.6.24-21-generic

    title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-21-generic (recovery mode)
    root (hd0,2)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.24-21-generic root=/dev/mapper/isw_diihdeefba_RAID06 ro single
    initrd /initrd.img-2.6.24-21-generic

    title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic
    root (hd0,2)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-generic root=/dev/mapper/isw_diihdeefba_RAID06 ro splash vga=795
    initrd /initrd.img-2.6.24-19-generic

    title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic (recovery mode)
    root (hd0,2)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-generic root=/dev/mapper/isw_diihdeefba_RAID06 ro single
    initrd /initrd.img-2.6.24-19-generic

    title Ubuntu 8.04.1, memtest86+
    root (hd0,2)
    kernel /memtest86+.bin


    Those are the respective results. However, when I start my computer it detects Windows Vista as an option. It starts to load and then brings me to my system recovery options. I think this means something within vista got screwed up? Does ubuntu/grub overwrite anything in Vista?
    Vista is not listed in your GRUB menu ... When you say "it detects Windows Vista as an option." What does "it" refer to? How are you trying to start Vista if not from the GRUB menu?
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    Re: Can't Boot Vista After Ubuntu Install

    Vista was originally resized with its own tools before ubuntu was installed. It sounds like what you said, that it's booting the wrong partition could be right, I sure hope so. Here's the data from
    sudo fdisk /dev/mapper/isw_diihdeefba_RAID0
    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/mapper/isw_diihdeefba_RAID0p1 1 1786 14346013+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/mapper/isw_diihdeefba_RAID0p2 * 1787 46031 355391264 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/mapper/isw_diihdeefba_RAID0p3 * 46031 46093 504713+ 83 Linux
    /dev/mapper/isw_diihdeefba_RAID0p4 46094 48641 20466810 5 Extended
    /dev/mapper/isw_diihdeefba_RAID0p5 46094 46580 3911796 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/mapper/isw_diihdeefba_RAID0p6 46581 48641 16554951 83 Linux

    Command (m for help):


    So I think it does look like the first partition there is my backup partition. I guess that's what grub is booting into?

    When I said "it" in my earlier posts I guess I mean grub. On the menu where I select which OS to boot looks something like this

    Windows Vista
    Ubuntu 8.04.1 blah blah blah
    Ubuntu 8.04.1 (recovery)
    Ubuntu 8.04.1 blah blah blah
    Ubuntu 8.04.1 (memtest)
    The highlighted option will boot in 15 seconds.

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