View Full Version : [xubuntu] and Windows XP Dual Boot Problem?

March 18th, 2009, 10:52 PM
I have Windows XP and Xubuntu installed on the same HardDrive

Windows XP 60GB
Xubuntu 16.5GB

Heres the Problem:

When I push the power button for start-up, no menu shows up for WinXP and Xubuntu boot options, but Windows XP starts as usual.

Can I correct this without, starting the whole process all over again?

March 18th, 2009, 11:00 PM
Did you install Ubuntu first or after you've installed windows?

Maybe the steps from this guide would help you to recover GRUB.


March 18th, 2009, 11:31 PM
I installed Xubuntu first and than WindowsXP.

I selected logical during Xubuntu install. Could that be the problem?

You know when it says Primary and Logical options.

March 19th, 2009, 12:00 AM
It doesn't really matter where you install Ubuntu. When you installed windows after you installed Ubuntu, windows basically wiped GRUB from MBR so you need to look at the link from my previous post to reinstall GRUB back to MBR so you can boot both Ubuntu and windows.

March 19th, 2009, 02:48 AM
Ok, got ya!

March 19th, 2009, 05:16 PM
In the terminal I inputted Sudo Grub

It worked, but:
find /grub/stage1

It gave me an error.

March 19th, 2009, 05:22 PM
Well, did " find /boot/grub/stage1 " work? The command " find /grub/stage1 ", is second choice if the first one doesn't works. As far as I can tell from the guide.

March 19th, 2009, 05:29 PM
both gave an error. Do I have to maybe input it a different way?

I'll try and get the error number. I think though it said error 5.

March 19th, 2009, 05:32 PM

Try to fix the grub, follow below url


March 21st, 2009, 01:46 AM
In order to get a clearer picture of your setup, I suggest to boot from the Xubuntu LiveCD and download the Boot Info Script to your desktop:


Then open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and type:

sudo bash ~/Desktop/boot_info_script*.sh

That will create a "RESULTS.txt" file in the same directory from where the script is run, namely your desktop; please copy/paste the contents of the RESULTS.txt file to your next post, highlight the copied text, and click the pound/hash sign "#" graphic button in the Ubuntu forum message box so that the text will get "code" tags put around it. The results of that script will help clarify your setup and hopefully what the solution to your booting problem might be.

March 21st, 2009, 02:50 AM
How about www.neosmart.net (http://www.neosmart.net/)

Someone suggested easyBCD

I found Gag as well

Wouldn't it be easier to recover the boot manager from Windows?

March 21st, 2009, 03:02 AM
Gag relies on Grub to do the booting. So that will not help. EasyBCD uses either Grub or Grub4Dos. Using Grub4Dos directly or via EasyBCD is an option, but I don't think, Grub4Dos will make solving your problem any easier.