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Thread: Dual boot 9.04 and Win XP Pro 64 - grub not installed

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    Dual boot 9.04 and Win XP Pro 64 - grub not installed

    Hey everybody,

    I just installed Win Xp pro 64 on my new machine and then wanted to install Ubuntu 9.04 64 bit in dual boot - as I have done so many times before with win xp home 32 and Ubuntu - but this time after the install was complete and grub was about to be installed I got the error that grub could not be installed to hd0.

    When I installed Ubuntu I chose manual install - as I use to do - to make a ext3 partition (located first on the free space) mounted at / and a swap partition (located last on the free space).

    I have searched these forums and the net and tried various guides e.g. this and this but with no luck .

    Anybody have some ideas? Is because I installed win xp pro 64 instead of the usual win xp home 32, or what? I don not get it
    Last edited by svenskmand; July 11th, 2009 at 12:53 AM.

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    Re: Dual boot 9.04 and Win XP Pro 64 - grub not installed

    Why not install 9.04 64-bit?
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    Re: Dual boot 9.04 and Win XP Pro 64 - grub not installed

    Quote Originally Posted by merlinus View Post
    Why not install 9.04 64-bit?
    I did (my mistake that I did not write it ) The above post is now edited

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    Re: Dual boot 9.04 and Win XP Pro 64 - grub not installed

    Post results of

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
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    Re: Dual boot 9.04 and Win XP Pro 64 - grub not installed

    As grub is not installed I am not able to boot Ubuntu so I cannot do what you ask. But when booting the live cd I can perform the first command which gives
    Code:
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 1500.3 GB, 1500301910016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 182401 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x4c154c15
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *           1       97906   786429913+   7  HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2           97907      175874   626277960    7  HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda3          175875      182401    52428127+   5  Extended
    /dev/sda5          175875      176384     4096543+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda6          176385      182401    48331521   83  Linux
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$
    the second command cannot be run from the live cd.

    As you can see my layout is
    Code:
    --------------------------------------
    | Windows | Documents | Swap | Linux |
    --------------------------------------

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    Re: Dual boot 9.04 and Win XP Pro 64 - grub not installed

    You should be able to mount your ubuntu partition by clicking on it in nautilus.

    If so, then you can try to install grub:

    Code:
    sudo grub
    root (hd0,5)
    setup (hd0)
    quit
    and restart to see if the menu comes up.
    Last edited by merlinus; July 11th, 2009 at 01:21 AM.
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    Re: Dual boot 9.04 and Win XP Pro 64 - grub not installed

    Ahh, ok. I can see that the file does not exist , that is I mounted /media/disk (my ubuntu partition), and here /media/disk/boot/grub/menu.lst does not exist

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    Re: Dual boot 9.04 and Win XP Pro 64 - grub not installed

    ok, this goes wrong here
    Code:
    sudo grub
    root (hd0,5)
    I get
    Code:
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo grub
    Probing devices to guess BIOS drives. This may take a long time.
    
           [ Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported.   For
             the   first   word,  TAB  lists  possible  command
             completions.  Anywhere else TAB lists the possible
             completions of a device/filename. ]
    grub> root (hd0,5)
    root (hd0,5)
    
    Error 18: Selected cylinder exceeds maximum supported by BIOS
    grub>
    I do not get this last part, I can see the whole disk in my BIOS and in windows, so that error 18 is a little misleading.
    Last edited by svenskmand; July 11th, 2009 at 01:34 AM.

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    Re: Dual boot 9.04 and Win XP Pro 64 - grub not installed

    Info on grub error 18 and possible workarounds on this page:

    http://members.iinet.net.au/~herman546/p15.html

    Scroll down about 3/4.
    -merlin

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    Re: Dual boot 9.04 and Win XP Pro 64 - grub not installed

    I have a Asus M4N82 Deluxe motherboard, and it should should support 1.5 TB disks (I can see it correctly in the BIOS and in windows), don't you agree?

    As I can see from you link I should make a special boot partition with mount-point /boot right? But it appears to me that the error only occurs with legacy hardware, and I have just bought this system :S, or what?

    I wil give it a try, using the Super Grub Disk mentioned in you link.
    Last edited by svenskmand; July 11th, 2009 at 02:28 AM.

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