View Full Version : [ubuntu] Help with GRUB on FAT16

July 12th, 2009, 06:14 PM
I'm kind of confused and need some help with getting grub working on a FAT16 partition.

July 12th, 2009, 07:27 PM
Can you provide more info, e.g. what operating systems are installed on your computer, are you dual-booting, what is on the fat16 partition?

Posting results of

sudo fdisk -l

will be useful.

July 12th, 2009, 08:09 PM
I'm trying to dual boot with Ubuntu and Windows XP. I would like to have a separate partition for boot < that being on the fat16. The rest shouldn't really matter, but I'll post my fdsisk anyways. If I have to do a full reinstall of everything, I'm fine with that because XP isn't even really setup and Ubuntu was just installed as well.

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x5582e76e

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 5222 41945683+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 7834 19457 93369780 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 * 5223 5238 128520 6 FAT16
/dev/sda4 5239 7833 20844337+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 7573 7833 2096482+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 5239 7572 18747792 83 Linux

July 12th, 2009, 08:14 PM
I'm not sure Ubuntu will boot if you try to format /boot as fat16. I personally don't see the need for a separate boot partition, I usually just have 3 partitions /, /home and swap.

July 12th, 2009, 08:36 PM
I want grub to be on a separate partition so that if anything happens to the main install grub won't screw up.

July 12th, 2009, 09:12 PM
Nevermind, its not that important. When I find that I have more free time and I still want to do this, that is when I will mess with it. Sorry to waste time.