View Full Version : [ubuntu] cant get xp (pt 2)

November 22nd, 2008, 11:55 PM
if u didn't know my computer goes straight to ubuntu without asking me if i want to go to xp and i would like it to ask me.....
heres what i did
gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.1st .........# hiddenmenu ....... <sudo fdisk -1> then i got

ryan@ryan-desktop:~$ sudo fdisk -1
fdisk: invalid option -- '1'

Usage: fdisk [-b SSZ] [-u] DISK Change partition table
fdisk -l [-b SSZ] [-u] DISK List partition table(s)
fdisk -s PARTITION Give partition size(s) in blocks
fdisk -v Give fdisk version
Here DISK is something like /dev/hdb or /dev/sda
and PARTITION is something like /dev/hda7
-u: give Start and End in sector (instead of cylinder) units
-b 2048: (for certain MO disks) use 2048-byte sectors

when i restarted it didn't ask me which one i wanted .......help

November 22nd, 2008, 11:58 PM
Take a deep breath, all is not lost.
The option on the fdisk command should be a little "ell", not a number one:

sudo fdisk -l
and the file is menu.lst (again with a little "ell", not a number one:


November 23rd, 2008, 12:00 AM
thx for the quick reply and it looked like a 1 on my computer :lolflag::mad:

November 23rd, 2008, 02:31 AM
ryan@ryan-desktop:~$ sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80000000000 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9726 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xe686f016

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 423 3397716 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 424 9726 74726347+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 9375 9726 2827408+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 424 9022 69071404+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 9023 9374 2827408+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Partition table entries are not in disk order
ok so this is what i got..........now what

November 23rd, 2008, 04:11 AM
You overwrote Windows XP. It is not there. You might be able to recover it with Test Disk (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk). Hopefully you back up any data you needed that was on the XP partition.