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    Red face After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    I bought a magazine with an ubuntu 10 DVD and it installed flawlessly on my laptop which had both Windows and Linux on it.

    Unlike FEDORA it didn't lock me out! (when upgrading Fedora it accepted my name and password and then installed forgetting my password).

    I was even able to install ubuntu so it seized the Fedora partition. It sees my Windows partition and the partition configured to be shared by Windows and Linux for data.

    The only screw up was mine. I left the 2 FAT partitions alone thinking they were Windows but I believe I installed the SWAP space on the DOS-Window Boot partition.

    OOOPS.

    I have Windows presented as a selection in GRUB, (or whatever it is), but it fails to boot claiming a missing Boot item.

    Can anyone suggest a remedy possible for an ignorant person like me?


    By the way, ubuntu is amazing. Updates on installation, finding new packages is a breeze, found my network (efn/Quest) connection and even recognized my Mac airport.

    It was painless. Even installed a driver to take advantage of my graphics card.

    Leo

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    Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    Please go to the site below and download the boot script to your DESKTOP and then open up a terminal (Applications > Accessories > terminal) and run
    Code:
    sudo bash ~/Desktop/boot_info_script*.sh
    This will produce a results.txt file on your desktop. Please copy the contents of that file and paste them in your next post between CODE tags. For CODE tags click on New Reply (not quick reply)and then click on the # symbol in the toolbar.
    This will give a full overview of your current system.
    Thanks.

    http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net/
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    Code:
                    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 #1 for (,msdos1)/boot/grub.
    
    sda1: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        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
    
    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/dirs:   /boot.ini /ntldr /NTDETECT.COM /COMMAND.COM
    
    sda3: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       Extended Partition
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    sda5: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       vfat
        Boot sector type:  Fat32
        Boot sector info:  According to the info in the boot sector, sda5 starts 
                           at sector 0. But according to the info from fdisk, 
                           sda5 starts at sector 260943858.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files/dirs:   
    
    sda6: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ext4
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
        Operating System:  
        Boot files/dirs:   /grub/menu.lst /grub/grub.conf
    
    sda7: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       LVM2_member
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    sda8: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        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           End          Size  Id System
    
    /dev/sda1                  63   146,800,703   146,800,641  83 Linux
    /dev/sda2         300,903,120   312,575,759    11,672,640  12 Compaq diagnostics
    /dev/sda3         146,800,765   300,897,449   154,096,685   5 Extended
    /dev/sda5         260,943,858   300,897,449    39,953,592   c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    /dev/sda6    *    146,800,767   147,210,366       409,600  83 Linux
    /dev/sda7         147,210,368   246,728,830    99,518,463  8e Linux LVM
    /dev/sda8         246,730,752   260,941,823    14,211,072  82 Linux swap / Solaris
    
    
    blkid -c /dev/null: ____________________________________________________________
    
    Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL                         
    
    /dev/sda1        d265d1ad-512a-4f0a-8f47-d13517036a52   ext4                                     
    /dev/sda2        8850-CD70                              vfat       SERVICEV001                   
    /dev/sda3: PTTYPE="dos" 
    /dev/sda5        475E-BE3C                              vfat                                     
    /dev/sda6        f6c4e336-be37-46bd-ab9a-e746d231ebb2   ext4                                     
    /dev/sda7        lxaw0O-WYPj-b6bn-GbLd-0AYm-u3rE-GAZFGy LVM2_member                               
    /dev/sda8        89bb3e07-c339-4203-b472-598d8e3bd945   swap                                     
    /dev/sda: PTTYPE="dos" 
    
    ============================ "mount | grep ^/dev  output: ===========================
    
    Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options
    
    /dev/sda1        /                        ext4       (rw,errors=remount-ro,commit=0)
    
    
    =========================== sda1/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,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set d265d1ad-512a-4f0a-8f47-d13517036a52
    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,msdos1)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set d265d1ad-512a-4f0a-8f47-d13517036a52
    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 2.6.35-22-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
        recordfail
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set d265d1ad-512a-4f0a-8f47-d13517036a52
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=UUID=d265d1ad-512a-4f0a-8f47-d13517036a52 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,msdos1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set d265d1ad-512a-4f0a-8f47-d13517036a52
        echo    'Loading Linux 2.6.35-22-generic ...'
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=UUID=d265d1ad-512a-4f0a-8f47-d13517036a52 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,msdos1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set d265d1ad-512a-4f0a-8f47-d13517036a52
        linux16    /boot/memtest86+.bin
    }
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set d265d1ad-512a-4f0a-8f47-d13517036a52
        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/sda2)" {
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod fat
        set root='(hd0,msdos2)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 8850-cd70
        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 ###
    
    =============================== sda1/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
    /dev/sda1       /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
    # swap was on /dev/sda8 during installation
    UUID=89bb3e07-c339-4203-b472-598d8e3bd945 none            swap    sw              0       0
    
    =================== sda1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================
    
    
       6.5GB: boot/grub/core.img
      53.8GB: boot/grub/grub.cfg
       1.1GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic
       6.5GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic
       1.1GB: initrd.img
       6.5GB: vmlinuz
    
    ================================ sda2/boot.ini: ================================
    
    [boot loader] 
    timeout=0 
    default=C:\ 
    [operating systems] 
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect 
    C:\ = "PC-DOS" 
    
    ============================= sda6/grub/grub.conf: =============================
    
    # grub.conf generated by anaconda
    #
    # Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
    # NOTICE:  You have a /boot partition.  This means that
    #          all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
    #          root (hd0,5)
    #          kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/mapper/VolGroup-lv_root
    #          initrd /initrd-[generic-]version.img
    #boot=/dev/sda
    default=0
    timeout=5
    splashimage=(hd0,5)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
    hiddenmenu
    title Fedora (2.6.35.6-45.fc14.i686)
        root (hd0,5)
        kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.35.6-45.fc14.i686 ro root=/dev/mapper/VolGroup-lv_root noiswmd LANG=en_US.UTF-8 SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 KEYBOARDTYPE=pc KEYTABLE=us rhgb quiet
        initrd /initramfs-2.6.35.6-45.fc14.i686.img
    title Fedora (2.6.32.26-175.fc12.i686)
        root (hd0,5)
        kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.32.26-175.fc12.i686 ro root=/dev/mapper/VolGroup-lv_root noiswmd LANG=en_US.UTF-8 SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 KEYBOARDTYPE=pc KEYTABLE=us rhgb quiet
        initrd /initramfs-2.6.32.26-175.fc12.i686.img
    title Fedora (2.6.32.21-168.fc12.i686)
        root (hd0,5)
        kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.32.21-168.fc12.i686 ro root=/dev/mapper/VolGroup-lv_root noiswmd LANG=en_US.UTF-8 SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 KEYBOARDTYPE=pc KEYTABLE=us rhgb quiet
        initrd /initramfs-2.6.32.21-168.fc12.i686.img
    title Fedora (2.6.32.19-163.fc12.i686)
        root (hd0,5)
        kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.32.19-163.fc12.i686 ro root=/dev/mapper/VolGroup-lv_root noiswmd LANG=en_US.UTF-8 SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 KEYBOARDTYPE=pc KEYTABLE=us rhgb quiet
        initrd /initramfs-2.6.32.19-163.fc12.i686.img
    title Other
        rootnoverify (hd0,0)
        chainloader +1
    
    =================== sda6: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================
    
    
      75.1GB: grub/grub.conf
      75.1GB: grub/menu.lst
      75.1GB: grub/stage2
      75.1GB: initramfs-2.6.32.19-163.fc12.i686.img
      75.2GB: initramfs-2.6.32.21-168.fc12.i686.img
      75.2GB: initramfs-2.6.32.26-175.fc12.i686.img
      75.2GB: initramfs-2.6.35.6-45.fc14.i686.img
      75.2GB: initrd-plymouth.img
      75.1GB: vmlinuz-2.6.32.19-163.fc12.i686
      75.2GB: vmlinuz-2.6.32.21-168.fc12.i686
      75.2GB: vmlinuz-2.6.32.26-175.fc12.i686
      75.2GB: vmlinuz-2.6.35.6-45.fc14.i686

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    Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    It appears that the only thing remaining of XP is on sda2, which is a partition labelled as Compaq diagnostics. The operating system field is empty.
    I am wondering if your XP installation was on sda1, but has now been over-written by Ubuntu 10.10
    Did you select the "install alongside" option in the installer?
    The 10.10 installer has a nasty habit of over-writing existing installations. That may have happened here.
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    Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    I was waiting for Quackers to post first (Quackers is a very smart person, even if his avatar is a bad tempered duck), but I agree that Windows is not really on the disk as a viable OS anymore.

    Both: sda2 & sda5 can be deleted.

    I also believe sda7 is an abandoned partition.

    Leo, if you still have your windows install disks, you can install Virtual Box and run Windows as an application in Ubuntu.

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    Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    Sigh...

    I thought I was okay avoiding the 2 FAT partitions.

    Well... if U 10 installed in Windows partition why does Windows show up as a choice when I hit ESCAPE during opening window and see grub?

    And if ubuntu Linux is now in the Windows partition why isn't the old Fedora Linux a choice?

    I am like that old man in Moonstruck "confused".
    http://ubuntuforums.org/images/smilies/confused.gif

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    Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    thanks for all the pictures-

    Let's clear the slate, Where do you stand now?,

    • You are running on Ubuntu10.10, now, right?
    • There is no Windows installation on the drive, right?
    • You want to re-install Windows, right?
    • If that's all true,
    • Can we have a new Thumbnail from GParted now?



    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 End Size Id System

    /dev/sda1 63 146,800,703 146,800,641 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 257,105,920 312,580,095 55,474,176 b W95 FAT32
    /dev/sda3 * 146,802,688 244,830,207 98,027,520 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda4 244,830,600 257,104,259 12,273,660 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    spreadsheet.png

    sda1, system
    what's with sda2 FAT32?, what's it for?
    sda3 would be where you want to install Windows, right?
    sda4 is a massive swap, sda4 partition should be deleted (and recreated) or resized. I don't know how to tell if it's a Primary partition, or a logical in an extended?
    Last edited by Hakunka-Matata; March 15th, 2011 at 03:19 PM. Reason: too many to list
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    Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    sda1, system
    what's with sda2 FAT32?, what's it for?
    It is my 20+ Gig shared DATA hard drive. The idea is that Bothe Windows and Linux can see it and use the same files.

    sda3 would be where you want to install Windows, right?
    yes

    sda4 is a massive swap, sda4 partition should be deleted (and recreated) or resized. I don't know how to tell if it's a Primary partition, or a logical in an extended?
    How big should SWAP be? I think it is a primary partition

    PS:

    Was I correct about re-writing fstab?
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    Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    I'm not certain at this point whether you have to rewrite /etc/fstab, or whether a sudo update-grub will rewrite it for you? anyway, if it's got a problem, it'll be apparent. I wouldn't worry about it at this point.
    Although sda4 should normally be deleted and an Extended partition created in it's place, there is so little room left on this drive (because of huge (oops, MY MISTAKE, only 1GB) sda2 Data) I guess it really doesn't make much difference now. Swap needs to be equal size to your RAM size if you Hibernate the machine, but otherwise it can be smaller. 4GB RAM, 2GB swap, for example.

    What's next?, are you going to install WindowsXP? 7?

    PS, I just looked quickly at etc/fstab, I think it's ok

    You could/should turn on swap, in your GParted Thumbnail, it does not have the key-icon showing, right button on the partition, and select 'SWAP ON'
    Last edited by Hakunka-Matata; March 15th, 2011 at 04:13 PM.
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