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jdbartram
June 23rd, 2011, 01:13 AM
I just installed Ubuntu 11.04 from a USB drive per the instructions from http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download to a Toshiba NB205 Netbook.

Ubuntu worked fine. I saw warnings about upgrading Grub somewhere, but forgot and clicked Install Updates in Update Manager.

When I start the computer, Grub version 1.99 runs. Selecting Ubuntu works, but selecting Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition goes to the "Windows did not start successfuly" screen. Selecting any of the choices gives the Windows XP screen very briefly and then goes back to GRUB.

I did not try booting into Windows XP before I installed upgrades, so I don't know if this is an installation problem or a Grub problem.

I know very little about Linux, and have not used the command line since DOS.

Thanks for any help.

kkrueger
June 23rd, 2011, 01:22 AM
Hey
Not sure if this will do much, but if the warning was simply about updating grub the following command should do just that.


sudo update-grub

Let me know if it helps :D

jdbartram
June 23rd, 2011, 02:05 AM
Thanks for the suggestion. I tried it and have the same problem, can't boot into Windows XP. I think the message was to NOT upgrade Grub, but I'm not sure now.

garvinrick4
June 23rd, 2011, 02:31 AM
gedit /boot/grub/grub.cfg
see if it has windows entry:

If it does then you have another problem besides update-grub
Here is a bootscript to run which will tell the whole story and make it easy to fix.
post results here, if need help just say so and will give complete instructions.
It is in a .zip file:
Boot Info Script | Download Boot Info Script software for free at SourceForge.net (http://sourceforge.net/projects/bootinfoscript/)

jdbartram
June 23rd, 2011, 01:28 PM
Thanks garvinrick4. There is a windows entry in Grub. Two in fact.. I think Toshiba put something in for recovery. Neither one will boot. The second one says something about not being able to find some files.

Here are the results of the boot info script.



Boot Info Script 0.60 from 17 May 2011


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

=> Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 1 of
the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks
for (,msdos5)/boot/grub on this drive.

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: /boot.ini /ntldr /NTDETECT.COM

sda2: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Windows XP: FAT32
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files: /ntldr /NTDETECT.COM

sda3: __________________________________________________ ________________________

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

sda5: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 11.04
Boot files: /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: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

/dev/sda1 * 63 187,527,905 187,527,843 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
/dev/sda2 296,849,070 312,576,704 15,727,635 1c Hidden W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sda3 187,529,214 296,847,359 109,318,146 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 187,529,216 292,673,535 105,144,320 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 292,675,584 296,847,359 4,171,776 82 Linux swap / Solaris


"blkid" output: __________________________________________________ ______________

Device UUID TYPE LABEL

/dev/sda1 54D0DC47D0DC30CA ntfs TI100277P0G
/dev/sda2 0401-0163 vfat HDDRECOVERY
/dev/sda5 a08c737e-a82a-4271-b378-b6c4f25d068a ext4
/dev/sda6 7faf50da-2c23-4221-ac77-322236eb2089 swap

================================ Mount points: =================================

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 Home Edition" /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 video_bochs
insmod video_cirrus
}

insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(/dev/sda,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root a08c737e-a82a-4271-b378-b6c4f25d068a
if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
set gfxmode=auto
load_video
insmod gfxterm
fi
terminal_output gfxterm
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(/dev/sda,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root a08c737e-a82a-4271-b378-b6c4f25d068a
set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
set lang=en_US
insmod gettext
if [ "${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
if background_color 44,0,30; then
clear
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
if [ ${recordfail} != 1 ]; then
if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
set linux_gfx_mode=keep
else
set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
else
set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
else
set linux_gfx_mode=keep
fi
else
set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
export linux_gfx_mode
if [ "$linux_gfx_mode" != "text" ]; then load_video; fi
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.38-8-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
set gfxpayload=$linux_gfx_mode
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(/dev/sda,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root a08c737e-a82a-4271-b378-b6c4f25d068a
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic root=UUID=a08c737e-a82a-4271-b378-b6c4f25d068a ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.38-8-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
set gfxpayload=$linux_gfx_mode
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(/dev/sda,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root a08c737e-a82a-4271-b378-b6c4f25d068a
echo 'Loading Linux 2.6.38-8-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic root=UUID=a08c737e-a82a-4271-b378-b6c4f25d068a ro single
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-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='(/dev/sda,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root a08c737e-a82a-4271-b378-b6c4f25d068a
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
}
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(/dev/sda,msdos5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root a08c737e-a82a-4271-b378-b6c4f25d068a
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
}
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry "Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (on /dev/sda1)" --class windows --class os {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ntfs
set root='(/dev/sda,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 54D0DC47D0DC30CA
drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
chainloader +1
}
menuentry "Windows NT/2000/XP (on /dev/sda2)" --class windows --class os {
insmod part_msdos
insmod fat
set root='(/dev/sda,msdos2)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 0401-0163
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=a08c737e-a82a-4271-b378-b6c4f25d068a / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sda6 during installation
UUID=7faf50da-2c23-4221-ac77-322236eb2089 none swap sw 0 0
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

GiB - GB File Fragment(s)

135.554931641 = 145.550999552 boot/grub/core.img 1
133.760971069 = 143.624749056 boot/grub/grub.cfg 1
91.120338440 = 97.839718400 boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-generic 1
135.553203583 = 145.549144064 boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic 1
91.120338440 = 97.839718400 initrd.img 1
135.553203583 = 145.549144064 vmlinuz 1

======================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc: ========================

Unknown BootLoader on sda3

00000000 93 78 e0 41 ef f7 94 06 f8 4c 1b 3b 8e a1 2d f6 |.x.A.....L.;..-.|
00000010 da f4 3b 7d 47 e3 ed e3 af 76 21 3c 54 14 cc 25 |..;}G....v!<T..%|
00000020 fd a5 1b 31 16 20 76 fe 3b ed ca 49 91 be dc 79 |...1. v.;..I...y|
00000030 7d 5b 64 77 f9 5f 22 10 60 18 cc 25 8d fd 93 7b |}[dw._".`..%...{|
00000040 15 56 f0 45 1c 30 81 68 de 3a f7 ef b8 9a d5 2c |.V.E.0.h.:.....,|
00000050 ef 3b 9d ad fb 3c a0 2a 4b 6c 2a 59 fb 92 5a 1e |.;...<.*Kl*Y..Z.|
00000060 84 ef fa 4a d5 00 6d f5 75 61 e5 4b c7 48 49 32 |...J..m.ua.K.HI2|
00000070 92 cf 56 4f c0 39 eb 67 fc 1f da e9 a8 e6 c3 f0 |..VO.9.g........|
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00000200


=============================== StdErr Messages: ===============================

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hakimoerton
June 23rd, 2011, 01:34 PM
I too have stuffed up my windoze boot when upgrading grub 2

Have two HDDs, one with Vista and one with 10.04. I would choose which disk to load at boot time. Ran update this morning and in 7 days of updates, Grub 2 was updated. I was asked if I wanted to place grub on each disk and (foolishly) said yes. Now I can only boot into lucid. Physically disconnecting the lucid drive just gives a grub> prompt.

Ran boot_info_script and the results are:


---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Boot Info Script 0.60 from 17 May 2011


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

=> Grub2 (v1.97-1.98) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector
1 of the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and
looks in partition 1 for /boot/grub.
=> Grub2 (v1.97-1.98) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb and looks at sector
1 of the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and
looks in partition 1 for /boot/grub.
=> Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdg.

sda1: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows XP
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files: /ntldr /ntdetect.com

sda2: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows Vista
Boot files: /bootmgr /Windows/System32/winload.exe

sda3: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows XP
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files:

sdb1: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: Grub2 (v1.97-1.98)
Boot sector info: Grub2 (v1.97-1.98) is installed in the boot sector of
sdb1 and looks at sector 565127 of the same hard drive
for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks
in partition 1 for /boot/grub.
Operating System: Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS
Boot files: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img

sdb2: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System:
Boot files:

sdb3: __________________________________________________ ________________________

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

sdb5: __________________________________________________ ________________________

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

sdg1: __________________________________________________ ________________________

File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Windows XP: FAT32
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files:

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

Drive: sda __________________________________________________ ___________________

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

/dev/sda1 63 18,426,554 18,426,492 27 Hidden NTFS (Recovery Environment)
/dev/sda2 * 18,426,555 323,131,409 304,704,855 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
/dev/sda3 323,131,410 625,137,344 302,005,935 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS


Drive: sdb __________________________________________________ ___________________

Disk /dev/sdb: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

/dev/sdb1 * 63 16,386,299 16,386,237 83 Linux
/dev/sdb2 16,386,300 614,052,494 597,666,195 83 Linux
/dev/sdb3 614,052,495 625,137,344 11,084,850 5 Extended
/dev/sdb5 614,052,558 625,137,344 11,084,787 82 Linux swap / Solaris


Drive: sdg __________________________________________________ ___________________

Disk /dev/sdg: 8010 MB, 8010301440 bytes
16 heads, 16 sectors/track, 61113 cylinders, total 15645120 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

/dev/sdg1 8,064 15,645,119 15,637,056 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)


"blkid" output: __________________________________________________ ______________

Device UUID TYPE LABEL

/dev/sda1 8E90F0B816D9B5D2 ntfs PQSERVICE
/dev/sda2 2694E4DF94E4B28B ntfs ACER
/dev/sda3 04C09010C09009D6 ntfs DATA
/dev/sdb1 0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256 ext4
/dev/sdb2 ac1b2b3e-a341-42c3-bad3-adbc9920d7d1 ext4 /home
/dev/sdb5 e410a8ff-bc61-4aed-ac36-a981344e2073 swap
/dev/sdg1 AE72-E1B2 vfat USB DISK

================================ Mount points: =================================

Device Mount_Point Type Options

/dev/sda2 /media/ACER fuseblk (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,blksize=4096,default_ permissions)
/dev/sdb1 / ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
/dev/sdb2 /home ext4 (rw)
/dev/sdg1 /media/USB DISK vfat (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks,uid=1000,gid=1000, shortname=mixed,dmask=0077,utf8=1,flush)


=========================== sdb1/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
#
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
#
# It is automatically generated by /usr/sbin/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
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 ${boot_once} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
}
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256
if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
set gfxmode=640x480
insmod gfxterm
insmod vbe
if terminal_output gfxterm ; then true ; else
# For backward compatibility with versions of terminal.mod that don't
# understand terminal_output
terminal gfxterm
fi
fi
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256
set locale_dir=($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 2.6.32-32-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-32-generic root=UUID=0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-32-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.32-32-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256
echo 'Loading Linux 2.6.32-32-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-32-generic root=UUID=0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256 ro single
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-32-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.32-23-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-23-generic root=UUID=0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-23-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.32-23-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256
echo 'Loading Linux 2.6.32-23-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-23-generic root=UUID=0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256 ro single
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-23-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.32-22-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-22-generic root=UUID=0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-22-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.32-22-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256
echo 'Loading Linux 2.6.32-22-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-22-generic root=UUID=0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256 ro single
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-22-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.31-14-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-generic root=UUID=0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.31-14-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256
echo 'Loading Linux 2.6.31-14-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-generic root=UUID=0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256 ro single
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-generic
}
### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
}
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
}
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry "Windows NT/2000/XP (on /dev/sda1)" {
insmod ntfs
set root='(hd0,1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 8E90F0B816D9B5D2
drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
chainloader +1
}
menuentry "Windows Recovery Environment (loader) (on /dev/sda2)" {
insmod ntfs
set root='(hd0,2)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 2694E4DF94E4B28B
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 ###
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

=============================== sdb1/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 defaults 0 0
# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
UUID=0033ad3c-ef20-4c4e-9057-c02c791f1256 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# /home was on /dev/sda2 during installation
UUID=ac1b2b3e-a341-42c3-bad3-adbc9920d7d1 /home ext4 defaults 0 2
# swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=e410a8ff-bc61-4aed-ac36-a981344e2073 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

=================== sdb1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================

GiB - GB File Fragment(s)

0.269500256 = 0.289373696 boot/grub/core.img 1
3.403556347 = 3.654540800 boot/grub/grub.cfg 1
3.846614361 = 4.130270720 boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-generic 1
2.867724895 = 3.079196160 boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-22-generic 1
2.882453442 = 3.095010816 boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-23-generic 1
4.707461834 = 5.054598656 boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-32-generic 1
2.373076916 = 2.548071936 boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-generic 2
2.097533703 = 2.252209664 boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-22-generic 1
2.077235699 = 2.230414848 boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-23-generic 1
2.913341045 = 3.128176128 boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-32-generic 1
4.707461834 = 5.054598656 initrd.img 1
2.882453442 = 3.095010816 initrd.img.old 1
2.913341045 = 3.128176128 vmlinuz 1
2.077235699 = 2.230414848 vmlinuz.old 1

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

sdc sdd sde sdf

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

The pc is an Acer Aspire E700 MMX 3 4GB ram, system and data partitions on each HDD

Help please.
Hakim

drs305
June 23rd, 2011, 01:39 PM
I think you should target Windows as the problem here. The "Windows did not start successfuly" message is not one that Grub would generate.

Using a Windows repair disk will probably help you recover Windows, and then you can reinstall Grub2 from the Ubuntu LiveCD by mounting your Ubuntu partition and installing Grub to the MBR (not the partition).

Here is one 'repair' link:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1014708

jdbartram
June 23rd, 2011, 01:49 PM
(http://ubuntuforums.org/member.php?u=223945)drs305, I tried the instructions for Windows XP that you linked to - running the installation CD - and I got a blue screen.

westie457
June 23rd, 2011, 01:55 PM
I think you should target Windows as the problem here. The "Windows did not start successfuly" message is not one that Grub would generate.

Using a Windows repair disk will probably help you recover Windows, and then you can reinstall Grub2 from the Ubuntu LiveCD by mounting your Ubuntu partition and installing Grub to the MBR (not the partition).

Here is one 'repair' link:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1014708

Hello, do you have a Windows Install DVD? If yes stick that in the DVD-drive and re-boot. You should get a line of text on screen saying "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD"

The Windows DVD overrides any settings that you have in your BIOS.


In the next window select your Country and keyboard layout. Press Enter.

When the Install window appears select the option to repair your computer.

You might have to enter your Windows password as well

The next window will have several options - start-up repair, restore from an image, restore to an earlier point with System Restore, Memtest and 1 or 2 others.

Select Start-up repair, the system will then look for Windows installations. If it cannot find any that match the DVD it will stop and let you know. It should find only one ie whatever Windows you installed, click on continue and wait following any prompts that come up.

Look through the report that is displayed after. It might say at the end that the OS booted correctly. Try re-booting, if the repairs were successful then you will be in Windows. If unsuccessful you will be at the repair screen again. DO NOT PANIC.

Select the last option which is "Open a Command-Prompt"

Enter these commands 1 at a time -ignoring the quote marks-pressing enter after each

"bootrec /fixmbr"
"bootrec /fixboot"
"bootrec /rebuildbcd"

Type in exit or quit then Reboot.

You will now have a working system without any Grub prompt and you will be free to reinstall Grub as previously suggested

westie457
June 23rd, 2011, 01:59 PM
On second thoughts use the link that 'drs305' posted. My post is for Windows 7 boot recovery.

jdbartram
June 23rd, 2011, 02:41 PM
westie457, as I mentioned to drs305 above, when I run a Windows XP install disc, I never get to the point where I can choose to do anything. I end up with a blue screen that says,

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer ...

There was no install disc that came with this netbook, so I am using one from a Dell desktop. I wouldn't think that would matter though.

Je Et
June 23rd, 2011, 02:58 PM
Try booting from recovery mode and then update grub. You did say if you had a side by side or separate HHD installation... should work with either.

Je Et

jdbartram
June 23rd, 2011, 03:10 PM
Je Et, if I try to boot into the second windows partition from grub, I get C:\BIN\ERRORDIALOG.EXE message that says, "Windows cannot find 'C:BIN\ERRORDIALOG.EXE'. mAKE SURE YOU TYPED THE NAME CORRECTLY, AND THEN TRY AGAIN. ... (of course, I didn't type it, it ran from a file).

Clicking OK, give a C\BIN\BOOTPRIORITY.EXE message that says, "Windows cannot find 'C:\BIN\BOOTPRIORITY.EXE' ...

Clicking OK takes me back to the GRUB choices

So, that doesn't help.

hakimoerton
June 23rd, 2011, 04:14 PM
Hello, do you have a Windows Install DVD? If yes stick that in the DVD-drive and re-boot. You should get a line of text on screen saying "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD"

The Windows DVD overrides any settings that you have in your BIOS.


In the next window select your Country and keyboard layout. Press Enter.

When the Install window appears select the option to repair your computer.

You might have to enter your Windows password as well

The next window will have several options - start-up repair, restore from an image, restore to an earlier point with System Restore, Memtest and 1 or 2 others.

Select Start-up repair, the system will then look for Windows installations. If it cannot find any that match the DVD it will stop and let you know. It should find only one ie whatever Windows you installed, click on continue and wait following any prompts that come up.

Look through the report that is displayed after. It might say at the end that the OS booted correctly. Try re-booting, if the repairs were successful then you will be in Windows. If unsuccessful you will be at the repair screen again. DO NOT PANIC.

Select the last option which is "Open a Command-Prompt"

Enter these commands 1 at a time -ignoring the quote marks-pressing enter after each

"bootrec /fixmbr"
"bootrec /fixboot"
"bootrec /rebuildbcd"

Type in exit or quit then Reboot.

You will now have a working system without any Grub prompt and you will be free to reinstall Grub as previously suggested

Thank you very much. Worked like a charm on my Vista/Lucid setup.
Needed the bootrec commands but then rebooted straight back into Vista, as desired.

All so I could watch an Aussie play tennis at Wimbledon. Use a tuner card to access digital channels and Lucid won't recognise the card.

Again, many thanks.
Hakim

garvinrick4
June 23rd, 2011, 04:30 PM
westie457, as I mentioned to drs305 above, when I run a Windows XP install disc, I never get to the point where I can choose to do anything. I end up with a blue screen that says,

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer ...

There was no install disc that came with this netbook, so I am using one from a Dell desktop. I wouldn't think that would matter though.
Try using the Ubuntu install Cd or USB and choose Try Ubuntu when it boots up get internet
connection and then:
#Restore basic windows boot loader - universe enabled

sudo apt-get install lilo

sudo lilo -M /dev/sda (file:///C:/dev/sda) mbr
May show error messages about the rest of lilo missing, ignore, we just want MBR
Now reboot and see if Windows boots now. If it does we can put grub back to boot both.

jdbartram
June 23rd, 2011, 06:11 PM
garvinrick4, thanks for the follow up. I followed your instructions. At one point after the first line, there was a message that said I needed to run liloconfig ( 8 ) and execute /sbin/lilo or else lilo wouldn't work. These two commands did not seem to be valid (got error messages). However, when I ran the second line, (sudo lilo -M /dev/sda mbr), I got a message that the mbr had been successfully reloaded or whatever.

Now the computer does not come up in grub, but goes to the "Windows did not start successfully ..." screen. Choosing any of the choices (Safe Mode(s) or boot Windows Normally), results in the Windows XP logo screen for a few seconds and then back to the "Windows did not start successfully" screen.

westie457
June 23rd, 2011, 06:22 PM
westie457, as I mentioned to drs305 above, when I run a Windows XP install disc, I never get to the point where I can choose to do anything. I end up with a blue screen that says,

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer ...

There was no install disc that came with this netbook, so I am using one from a Dell desktop. I wouldn't think that would matter though.

Hi, it probably does make a difference. The Dell CD is an OEM Disc and ot is looking for certain components and codes built-in to Dell equipment. If you can borrwo a genuine CD use that with no problem. Or using a LiveCD download and burn a windows recovery-disc. Something like BartPE should do it. Find it here http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

westie457
June 23rd, 2011, 06:33 PM
garvinrick4, thanks for the follow up. I followed your instructions. At one point after the first line, there was a message that said I needed to run liloconfig ( 8 ) and execute /sbin/lilo or else lilo wouldn't work. These two commands did not seem to be valid (got error messages). However, when I ran the second line, (sudo lilo -M /dev/sda mbr), I got a message that the mbr had been successfully reloaded or whatever.

Now the computer does not come up in grub, but goes to the "Windows did not start successfully ..." screen. Choosing any of the choices (Safe Mode(s) or boot Windows Normally), results in the Windows XP logo screen for a few seconds and then back to the "Windows did not start successfully" screen.

You are nearly there. Try again and immediately after the POST screen start tapping the F8 key. This will bring up a menu with various options. Somewhere on that screen should be choose advanced options. use the TAB key to highlight. Hit Enter you should then get an option to repair your computer using a command prompt. type in the commands that were provided in the link 'drs305' posted earlier. Reboot and XP should be back.

Then come back here to ask fixing Grub using a LiveCD.

One question. Did 'Rescatux' fail to fix Grub for you?

jdbartram
June 24th, 2011, 12:35 PM
westie457, tapping the F8 screen did bring up some more choices. None of them gave the option to repair the computer. All resulted in looping back to the "Windows did not start successfully..." screen.

I did not use Rescatux.

jdbartram
June 25th, 2011, 01:39 AM
kkrueger, garvinrick4, hakimoerton, drs305, westie457 and Je Et,

Thanks for your replies and attempts to help me. Since none of your suggestions seemed to be making any difference, I decided that probably some part of Windows XP had been messed up during the Ubuntu installation, so I restored it from a Recovery disk I had created after purchasing the netbook.

Following the restoration of XP, I installed Ubuntu from a CD this time (used a usb memory drive before). I ran upgrades from Ubuntu and this time Windows XP can be booted OK.

So, other than having to reinstall some software in XP, I have a functional laptop with both XP and Ubuntu.

Thanks again for trying to help!

Dave B.