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Tron22
December 4th, 2010, 05:45 AM
Alright guys,

I've searched through tons of posts but I can't find anything that will work and is specific for me.

I have recently jumped into the world of Ubuntu. I am a complete noob and know nothing.

I have set up a dual boot xp/ubuntu. Love ubuntu and am learning the new system. I installed it using an iso file to Live DVD. Everything in ubuntu seems to work perfect.

I restart my computer and it gets to the boot screen where i can select a 4 ubuntu boots(2 being safe modes), 2 memory boots, or the xp boot. Ubuntu boots fine. I select XP and I get a blank screen with the cursor blinking in the upper left corner.. the only thing I can do is control+alt+delete to restart and get back to the main boot screen.

Did Ubuntu kill windows in good taste? kidding.. But seriously if anyone can help me figure out how to get my windows working again... I would make them feel good by telling them how much I love them and how much they have helped me. Let me know what you need to know/see and don't leave out pathways and how to do everything!

Hopefully your out there hero....My hero.

Love you Linuxers,

Tron22 (supernewb)

oldfred
December 4th, 2010, 06:11 AM
Welcome to the forum.

We need to see if something is missing or installed in the wrong place. Normally grub's osprober does not even add a windows entry if it is too messed up. Or it could just be windows issues.

Lets run this script to see what is installed where:
Boot Info Script courtesy of forum member meierfra
Page with instructions and download:
http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net/
Paste results.txt, then highlight entire file and click on # in edit panel(code tags) to make it easier to read.
Or You can generate the tags first by pressing the # icon in the post's menu and then paste the contents between the generated [ code] paste here [ /code] tags.

Tron22
December 4th, 2010, 06:46 AM
Alright think i got this.. Here is the info you asked for ... iiii think.




Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010

============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================

=> Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive in
partition #5 for (,msdos5)/boot/grub.

sda1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows XP
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows XP
Boot files/dirs: /boot.ini /ntldr /NTDETECT.COM

sda2: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: Extended Partition
Boot sector type: Unknown
Boot sector info:

sda5: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 10.10
Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img

sda6: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: swap
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

=========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: sda ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sda1 * 63 632,260,169 632,260,107 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 632,260,606 976,771,071 344,510,466 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 632,260,608 964,485,119 332,224,512 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 964,487,168 976,771,071 12,283,904 82 Linux swap / Solaris


blkid -c /dev/null: __________________________________________________ __________

Device UUID TYPE LABEL

/dev/sda1 12E83321E8330291 ntfs
/dev/sda2: PTTYPE="dos"
/dev/sda5 2dc6d6c5-1621-4b9f-9a37-0c536d974b9d ext4
/dev/sda6 c2ca94af-f6f8-484b-bba9-58e9e90f5fd7 swap
/dev/sda: PTTYPE="dos"
error: /dev/sdb: No medium found
error: /dev/sdc: No medium found
error: /dev/sdd: No medium found
error: /dev/sde: No medium found

============================ "mount | grep ^/dev output: ===========================

Device Mount_Point Type Options

/dev/sda5 / ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro,commit=0)


================================ sda1/boot.ini: ================================

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

=========================== sda5/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================

#
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
#
# It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
#

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
set have_grubenv=true
load_env
fi
set default="0"
if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
save_env saved_entry
set prev_saved_entry=
save_env prev_saved_entry
set boot_once=true
fi

function savedefault {
if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
saved_entry="${chosen}"
save_env saved_entry
fi
}

function recordfail {
set recordfail=1
if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
}

function load_video {
insmod vbe
insmod vga
}

insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 2dc6d6c5-1621-4b9f-9a37-0c536d974b9d
if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
set gfxmode=640x480
load_video
insmod gfxterm
fi
terminal_output gfxterm
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 2dc6d6c5-1621-4b9f-9a37-0c536d974b9d
set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
set lang=en
insmod gettext
if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ]; then
set timeout=-1
else
set timeout=10
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
set menu_color_normal=white/black
set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-23-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 2dc6d6c5-1621-4b9f-9a37-0c536d974b9d
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-23-generic root=UUID=2dc6d6c5-1621-4b9f-9a37-0c536d974b9d ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-23-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-23-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 2dc6d6c5-1621-4b9f-9a37-0c536d974b9d
echo 'Loading Linux 2.6.35-23-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-23-generic root=UUID=2dc6d6c5-1621-4b9f-9a37-0c536d974b9d ro single
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-23-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 2dc6d6c5-1621-4b9f-9a37-0c536d974b9d
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=UUID=2dc6d6c5-1621-4b9f-9a37-0c536d974b9d ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 2dc6d6c5-1621-4b9f-9a37-0c536d974b9d
echo 'Loading Linux 2.6.35-22-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=UUID=2dc6d6c5-1621-4b9f-9a37-0c536d974b9d ro single
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
}
### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 2dc6d6c5-1621-4b9f-9a37-0c536d974b9d
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
}
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 2dc6d6c5-1621-4b9f-9a37-0c536d974b9d
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
}
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry "Microsoft Windows XP Professional (on /dev/sda1)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ntfs
set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 12e83321e8330291
drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
chainloader +1
}
### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
# This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries. Simply type the
# menu entries you want to add after this comment. Be careful not to change
# the 'exec tail' line above.
### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
if [ -f $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
source $prefix/custom.cfg;
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###

=============================== sda5/etc/fstab: ===============================

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
# for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
# devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
# / was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=2dc6d6c5-1621-4b9f-9a37-0c536d974b9d / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sda6 during installation
UUID=c2ca94af-f6f8-484b-bba9-58e9e90f5fd7 none swap sw 0 0

=================== sda5: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================


426.9GB: boot/grub/core.img
401.2GB: boot/grub/grub.cfg
324.6GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
323.9GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-23-generic
426.9GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic
426.9GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-23-generic
323.9GB: initrd.img
324.6GB: initrd.img.old
426.9GB: vmlinuz
426.9GB: vmlinuz.old
=========================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc =======================

Unknown BootLoader on sda2

00000000 03 6a a4 da 92 f4 e0 59 6b 55 61 19 34 bd 0d a6 |.j.....YkUa.4...|
00000010 55 49 b1 3f 83 5c 82 3e ec 63 51 34 fe 1b 0c 07 |UI.?.\.>.cQ4....|
00000020 6d 24 cd 87 ce 8e 2c b5 ea e2 94 f9 06 d2 43 7a |m$....,.......Cz|
00000030 c8 47 10 a2 a8 c1 d8 ad 26 f4 9a d5 3e 00 64 81 |.G......&...>.d.|
00000040 0b 77 8f d9 1e 40 e1 dc 18 c0 3f 09 ff 59 74 68 |.w...@....?..Yth|
00000050 66 8a 8b 51 61 6a 00 3f 40 80 95 57 49 55 53 52 |f..Qaj.?@..WIUSR|
00000060 f9 f3 e7 b5 df 3e 7c fd 2b e7 b0 dd 3e ad 87 61 |.....>|.+...>..a|
00000070 bd af 0a 1a 97 d0 9d 56 75 49 2b b8 36 df aa 73 |.......VuI+.6..s|
00000080 59 f4 37 b5 d7 ba a5 72 0c 3a fa 21 42 ad 4e 94 |Y.7....r.:.!B.N.|
00000090 27 d4 d2 ad af 59 4c 39 d0 9f 42 55 db 65 55 ab |'....YL9..BU.eU.|
000000a0 a9 86 f9 32 a4 d5 92 d3 42 9a ae fa 6a 9f 56 74 |...2....B...j.Vt|
000000b0 fd 52 a5 6d 9e dc ae ba be ba f0 d4 d6 a7 0a 75 |.R.m...........u|
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00000200


=======Devices which don't seem to have a corresponding hard drive==============

sdb sdc sdd sde

Parlek
December 4th, 2010, 08:27 AM
posted in error

wilee-nilee
December 4th, 2010, 09:04 AM
@Tron22, was a chkdsk run after the Ubuntu install, generally XP will want one, ant MS really.?

Did you use the install partitioner to install side by side?

Has XP ever booted after the install?

Do you have a XP CD, to initiate a chkdsk?

Have you tried the f8 prompt to get to a safe mode?

Tron22
December 4th, 2010, 09:19 AM
mmm no chkdsk was run, no cd

believe partitioned side by side.

will try F8

Tron22
December 4th, 2010, 09:22 AM
Nope F8 did not work
and no I have not seen XP since installing ubuntu... not the best first exp.

wilee-nilee
December 4th, 2010, 09:34 AM
Nope F8 did not work
and no I have not seen XP since installing ubuntu... not the best first exp.

Well just so happens I have a XP link.
http://www.aspireoneguide.com/xpinstallu3.html

Follow these directions to get to the repair command line and run chkdsk /r
http://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/fix-mbr-xp-vista/

This is a instruction to the command line for another problem the bootloader but we want the chkdsk run instead.

Also make sure you run in the Ubuntu install, in a terminal this command it may be all you need to begin with but it should be run all through the process whenever you in the Ubuntu install. If you never had a chkdsk that is probably the culprit here.

sudo update-grub

Tron22
December 4th, 2010, 09:44 AM
does it matter if I have xp pro?

Tron22
December 4th, 2010, 09:49 AM
Follow these directions to get to the repair command line and run chkdsk /r
http://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/fix-mbr-xp-vista/

This is a instruction to the command line for another problem the bootloader but we want the chkdsk run instead.

Also make sure you run in the Ubuntu install, in a terminal this command it may be all you need to begin with but it should be run all through the process whenever you in the Ubuntu install. If you never had a chkdsk that is probably the culprit here.

Also.... IIIIII don't get it. I'm not running the fixmbr right?

wilee-nilee
December 4th, 2010, 09:50 AM
does it matter if I have xp pro?

No your just starting a chkdsk, it will probably say disc mounted can't run , do you want one at next start say yes and hopefully it will happen. This is not just a shot in the dark this is standard procedure, just so you know.;)

Windows has unmovable files in its partition when you let them get moved with another partitioner a chkdsk is run automatically. Really any windows resizing should be done then checked to be a still working system before install another.

wilee-nilee
December 4th, 2010, 10:00 AM
Also.... IIIIII don't get it. I'm not running the fixmbr right?

No, no fixmbr, you just need to at that command screen type chkdsk /r

The link was to show you how to get to that terminal screen to run the chkdsk.

Tron22
December 4th, 2010, 10:00 AM
Okay, I think i Got it.

Just get to where i would do the mbr fix but instead run chkdsk. 1 moment.

Tron22
December 4th, 2010, 10:25 AM
FML, can't figure out my admin password.

wilee-nilee
December 4th, 2010, 10:32 AM
FML, can't figure out my admin password.

I think you don't need one if it is running in the hidden admin. Try to just hit enter when the password is asked for.

All windows setups have a hidden admin that you don't ever see in logins without a key prompt or in safe mode or looking at the users.

This one has no password unless you even knew about it, you would have to make one, this hidden admin is not in the guest area either.

Could be the admin password for the regular account as well, do you not remember it.

Tron22
December 4th, 2010, 10:50 AM
no idea... going to try and reset it.

Tron22
December 4th, 2010, 11:25 AM
I did it! 4 hours later and I ran chkdsk!!

moment of truth... I think at least? XP is supposed to work now? No idea if that's the step we're at... but i'll try.. moment of truth for me!! muhahaha

Tron22
December 4th, 2010, 11:32 AM
Faiiiil.. XP still fails to boot.. Black screen.. blinking cursor.

What can I do now?

wilee-nilee
December 4th, 2010, 11:49 AM
Faiiiil.. XP still fails to boot.. Black screen.. blinking cursor.

What can I do now?

You have run the
sudo-update-grub command in Ubuntu correct.

You could also from that disc you dowloaded and put the MS bootloader back in the mbr and see if XP boots from that. Reloading the grub bootloader is easy.


To reload the mbr just follow that link and run the /fixmbr command this will put the ms booloader in.
http://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/fix-mbr-xp-vista/

If that doesn't work getting into XP then you can reload grub just follow this links instructions. Notice that there are only three commands needed and run from the Ubuntu cd booted in a live mode. The first command is just to identify the partitions so you can run the other two to reload grub
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2#Reinstalling%20GRUB%202

It also wouldn't hurt to post tyhe script again the chkdsk may have changed something it would help to know.

I have op crash soon but during the day US time more people with help might be available.

Tron22
December 4th, 2010, 08:18 PM
Alright.... Fixmbr ran. Computer now freezes if and doesn't even get to the boot up screen. Just shows a club an L, a bracket, and a music symbol spaced out diagonally across the screen. The only way to access my computer now is the ubuntu live cd or the xp cd to get into the windows c...... Am I f$;?Ed?

Tron22
December 4th, 2010, 08:23 PM
All I want is my xp back. I'll merge all my partitions. And start over

oldfred
December 4th, 2010, 09:28 PM
Did chkdsk report any errors? If so you have to rerun it until you have no errors as it does not fix everything on one pass.

The fixMBR puts the windows boot loader into the MBR to directly boot windows. If it does not boot that is a windows issue.

From the windows CD you can refresh all the XP boot files.
FIXMBR C: #do not run if you still want grub in the MBR
FIXBOOT C:
COPY [CDDRIVE]:\I386\NTLDR C:\
COPY [CDDRIVE]:\I386\NTDETECT.COM C:\
or:
Can you boot into Ubuntu? If so you can mount your Windows drive and navigate to C:\windows\ServicePackFiles\i386 folder and copy
ntdetect.com and ntldr to root of C:\.

BOOTCFG /rebuild
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291980
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ht/repairbootini.htm

Tron22
December 4th, 2010, 11:09 PM
Yes I can still get into ubuntu.

I ran fix Mbr and also fixboot

The cd drive ones couldn't be found. But I don't know if I'm entering them right either. How do I mount windows? All I want is windows then I'll start over.

Tron22
December 4th, 2010, 11:16 PM
If so you can mount your Windows drive and navigate to C:\windows\ServicePackFiles\i386 folder and copy
ntdetect.com and ntldr to root of C:\.

BOOTCFG /rebuild

yah.. no idea how to do this.

Tron22
December 4th, 2010, 11:39 PM
okay i'm not sure how to tell if windows is "mounted".. but i've found ntldr and ntdetect.com how do i copy them to root?

oldfred
December 4th, 2010, 11:42 PM
The bootcfg /rebuild is another windows command to rebuild boot.ini incase it is corrupted.

You can copy the ntldr and ntdetect.com from your windows cd with windows from the repair line or using your Ubuntu liveCD from the service pack saved files to your c:\.

Everything in XP can be repaired from the XP disk and everything but chkdsk can be fixed from a Ubuntu liveCD (but obviously using different commands)

Same info presented differently:
How to fix XP when the boot files are missing & info on windows in logical partitions
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=813628
missing boot files meieifra - post 10
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1241394

Tron22
December 5th, 2010, 01:28 AM
Okay... this isn't working

i've tried chkdsk, fixmbr, fixboot, bootcfg /rebuild and put in my windows xp professional and fastdetect

I have no idea what you mean when you say i can copy nltdr and ntdetect.com? why am i copying it? where am i copying it too. Remember.. supernewb here

In the windows cd i put in

COPY [CDDRIVE]:\I386\NTLDR C:\
COPY [CDDRIVE]:\I386\NTDETECT.COM C:

and neither were found.

so after installing linux, trying chkdsk, fixmbr, fixboot, bootcfg /rebuild for it to work as a dual boot... i'm left with a computer that has the capabilty of flashing some really colorful characters over a black screen when i try and boot anything. :( so frustrated.

I'm afraid i've lost my xp. I need specific directions how to get windows to boot.


You can copy the ntldr and ntdetect.com from your windows cd with windows from the repair line or using your Ubuntu liveCD from the service pack saved files to your c:\.

Everything in XP can be repaired from the XP disk and everything but chkdsk can be fixed from a Ubuntu liveCD (but obviously using different commands)Looks like I have a couple options here but I don't know how to copy ntldr and ntdetect.com from my windows cd repair line. or how to use the service pack through ubuntu.

So lost with a computer that doesn't work :( what next?

oldfred
December 5th, 2010, 01:52 AM
In this command the windows repair requires you to use for [CDDRIVE] what ever the path is to your cd drive, not just those letters.
COPY [CDDRIVE]:\I386\NTLDR C:\

Sometimes ntldr and ntdetect.com get corrupted so they need to be replaces. Often it is boot.ini that is wrong and it needs to be rebuilt.

All those files have to be in the c:\ or the root of your windows installs. If viewing from Ubuntu it is easy to see, not sure about from windows anymore.

Did you look at the links on repairing windows?
Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console for advanced users
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058/
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291980
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ht/repairbootini.htm

Tron22
December 5th, 2010, 08:21 PM
Alright my cd drive is just drive d. I tried it and got "access is denied". Copy d:\i386\ntldr

oldfred
December 6th, 2010, 06:33 PM
Did you leave off:

d:\i386\ntldr c:\

sp-1070
December 6th, 2010, 07:23 PM
just throw out XP run it from a virtual box way easyer that way you wont even have to reboot evrytime you want to go into xp