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    Dual Booting XP.

    I'm almost brand new to linux here.I'm trying to dual boot XP and Ubuntu.

    I have both installed on the same harddrive on my laptop. Got both set up. GRUB is on the MBR.

    My question is how do I get grub to give me the option of booting into either OS. man grub

    Thanks for the help.

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    Re: Dual Booting XP.

    grub should do this automatically if you install ubuntu after xp. Post the contents of /boot/grub/menu.lst
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    Re: Dual Booting XP.

    Installed ubuntu first.

    Um, what argument do I give the terminal to display that?

    Brand new.

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    Re: Dual Booting XP.

    Code:
    gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
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    Re: Dual Booting XP.

    # menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
    # grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
    # grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
    # and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.

    ## default num
    # Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
    # the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
    #
    # You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
    # is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
    # WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not use 'savedefault' or your
    # array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
    default 0

    ## timeout sec
    # Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
    # (normally the first entry defined).
    timeout 3

    ## hiddenmenu
    # Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
    hiddenmenu

    # Pretty colours
    #color cyan/blue white/blue

    ## password ['--md5'] passwd
    # If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
    # control (menu entry editor and command-line) and entries protected by the
    # command 'lock'
    # e.g. password topsecret
    # password --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
    # password topsecret

    #
    # examples
    #
    # title Windows 95/98/NT/2000
    # root (hd0,0)
    # makeactive
    # chainloader +1
    #
    # title Linux
    # root (hd0,1)
    # kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
    #

    #
    # Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST

    ### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
    ## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
    ## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below

    ## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs

    ## ## Start Default Options ##
    ## default kernel options
    ## default kernel options for automagic boot options
    ## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
    ## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
    ## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
    ## kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
    ## kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
    # kopt=root=UUID=9942309f-3921-40e2-9950-a9d0b55110e7 ro

    ## Setup crashdump menu entries
    ## e.g. crashdump=1
    # crashdump=0

    ## default grub root device
    ## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
    # groot=(hd0,0)

    ## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
    ## e.g. alternative=true
    ## alternative=false
    # alternative=true

    ## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
    ## e.g. lockalternative=true
    ## lockalternative=false
    # lockalternative=false

    ## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
    ## alternatives
    ## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
    # defoptions=quiet splash

    ## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
    ## e.g. lockold=false
    ## lockold=true
    # lockold=false

    ## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
    # xenhopt=

    ## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
    # xenkopt=console=tty0

    ## altoption boot targets option
    ## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
    ## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
    ## altoptions=(recovery) single
    # altoptions=(recovery mode) single

    ## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
    ## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
    ## alternative kernel options
    ## e.g. howmany=all
    ## howmany=7
    # howmany=all

    ## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
    ## e.g. memtest86=true
    ## memtest86=false
    # memtest86=true

    ## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
    ## can be true or false
    # updatedefaultentry=false

    ## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
    ## can be true or false
    # savedefault=false

    ## ## End Default Options ##

    title Ubuntu 8.04, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=UUID=9942309f-3921-40e2-9950-a9d0b55110e7 ro quiet splash
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic
    quiet

    title Ubuntu 8.04, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic (recovery mode)
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=UUID=9942309f-3921-40e2-9950-a9d0b55110e7 ro single
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic

    title Ubuntu 8.04, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=UUID=9942309f-3921-40e2-9950-a9d0b55110e7 ro quiet splash
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.22-14-generic
    quiet

    title Ubuntu 8.04, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic (recovery mode)
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=UUID=9942309f-3921-40e2-9950-a9d0b55110e7 ro single
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.22-14-generic

    title Ubuntu 8.04, memtest86+
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin
    quiet

    ### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST

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    Re: Dual Booting XP.

    put a "#" in front of hiddenmenu.
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    Re: Dual Booting XP.

    This will explain how to restore grub if you have installed windows after ubuntu.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=224351
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...tallingWindows
    Last edited by Partyboi2; April 24th, 2008 at 02:28 AM. Reason: extra
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