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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Hey everyone, have a bit of an unusual boot problem here myself. If this is the wrong thread to put it in, let me know and I'll move my request.

    I'm trying to install Ubuntu Studio 12.04 on a mishmash 32-bit PC machine that already has Windows XP installed. When installing I had Ubuntu shrink the Windows partition so that Windows had roughly 100 gigs of space and Ubuntu had 400 gigs. So far so good, the installation went smoothly and no errors occurred.

    Now when I boot, however, the machine flashes the standard BIOS screen and then just hangs on a black display. No boot menu, no Windows, no nothing. I saw a few recommendations saying to check whether the CD is in IDE or EFI mode when installing, but IDE seems to be the only option available in the BIOS, and the problem happens regardless of whether the hard drive or the CD drive is set as the primary boot device.

    I ran the live CD again to install and run Boot Repair, using the recommended settings, but no change. Here's the pastebin generated: http://paste.ubuntu.com/7059546/

    Is there anything else I should try before resorting to just reinstalling UStudio?
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    @oldfred
    I created the live USB using rufus, it contains an Xubuntu 12.04 x64 standard installation iso image.
    I had to go into the BIOS to get the computer to boot from the live USB. In the BIOS there were two options relating to the USB - UEFI and non-UEFI. I chose the UEFI option. So this is a UEFI boot with Xubuntu.

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    @joeytalbot
    Boot-Repair cannot run the major fixes to Windows. You may have a usuable BCD bootmgfw.efi, but it has other files/folder, but not sure if essential for a boot? So you may be able to copy boot files into efi partition. I do not know exact path (you can check other BootInfo reports). Also fixMBR & fixBoot may work from Windows repair flash drive.
    Windows UEFI install should have backup of bootmgfw.efi here:
    C:\Windows\Boot\EFI\bootmgfw.efi from a working Windows x86_64 installation.

    @Halfling Rogue
    After a resize Windows has to run chkdsk. You may need your XP disk if Windows will not run it on a reboot.
    You have a nVidia card. With my nVidia card I have to use nomodeset on live installer and on first boot or until I install nVidia driver. Press e on grub menu for edit, scroll to linux line, and replace quiet splash with nomodeset.

    How to set NOMODESET and other kernel boot options in grub2 - both BIOS liveCD & grub first boot ( also UEFI with grub)
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1613132

    Graphics Resolution- Upgrade /Blank Screen after reboot mega thread - MAFoElffen
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1743535
    Editing the GRUB 2 Menu During Boot
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/Troubleshooting
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Hello, thanks in advance to any help from anyone,

    Installing linux mint from live usb, on Lenovo ideapad flex 15. Goal is to dual boot mint with the default windows 8 os.

    Install went perfect, formatted an old debian partition+swap to make mint partition+swap. For some reason mint installer did not properly install grub, so I am sent to grub rescue mode. Went back into mint live install from usb, ran boot-repair, same exact result: rescue mode. Also, the boot-repair has messed up my windows boot, regardless of my UEFI/legacy bios settings.

    Here is my summary:
    http://paste.ubuntu.com/7064488/

    My secureboot is disabled by the way. Also, I saw on another thread somebody fixed a similar problem by formatting some 1mb free space partition they had available to an efi boot partition. I think I have a similar 1mb free space, but I can't format to an efi boot file system from gparted. How would i do this/is this necessary?

    THANK YOU

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    You have a nVidia card. With my nVidia card I have to use nomodeset on live installer and on first boot or until I install nVidia driver. Press e on grub menu for edit, scroll to linux line, and replace quiet splash with nomodeset.
    Thanks for the advice, @oldfred! I ran a chkdsk with the XP disc and managed to boot into Ubuntu where I set nomodeset and also followed these instructions: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...0#post11469860 but still no GRUB menu appearing - just the black screen. Eventually it boots into Ubuntu, but as there's no GRUB menu, there's no way to select the Windows boot option if I want it.

    Any further suggestions or am I stuck?
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    @Halfling Rogue
    I do not know why you would not get grub menu. You show XP in grub menu so it should show menu by default. If it only had found Ubuntu then it does not show menu as if only one system it knows you want to boot just that one and have to hold shift key to get menu. You could try holding shift key.
    Perhaps a video issue? Grub does try to use video from install now. But you can set default video in grub so it uses that. You probably should change default to your monitors corrrect size, but that may not be supported.
    Have you installed nVidia from repository. But sure to install correct version for your card.
    Use command line editor grub's on set gfxmode=640x480
    and just remove the # as that makes that line a comment.
    sudo nano /etc/default/grub
    or
    gksu gedit /etc/default/grub
    # then
    sudo update-grub


    @mintnoob2329
    You can only have one efi partition per hard drive. Do not attempt to create another. You also have grub in the protective MBR, which is a BIOS boot install, not UEFI. BIOS & UEFI are not compatible, so you should only install in one mode or the other and since Windows is UEFI, better to have Ubuntu in UEFI mode.
    It looks like Boot-Repair converted to UEFI boot, but do not boot with BIOS as now the grub in the MBR will not work for BIOS boot.


    The NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown
    Windows fully (no hibernation or fast restarting), or mount the volume
    It looks like you did not turn off fast boot or the always on hibernation. You have to have that off in Windows.

    It looks like you said yes, but should always say no, until we confirm that you have a system that only boot Windows in UEFI mode. Only some vendors modify UEFI to only boot Windows but Boot-Repair seems to offer 'fix' anytime you run it more than once. Undo this:

    buggy-kernel detected. Do you want to activate [Backup and rename Windows EFI files]? yes (if any choice fails, please retry with the other)

    To undo & to rename files to their original names, you just need to tick the "Restore EFI backups" option of Boot-Repair.

    When you have the buggy UEFI you have to rename the Windows efi file to be grub/shim to boot and then you can only boot Windows from grub. And grub will only boot working Windows. Also turn off secure boot as with 8.1 grub will not boot Windows if secure boot is on.
    Then see if you can direct boot Windows from UEFI menu and fix its issues.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    need to fix my pc that does not boot from the disk anymore after a bios upgrade. I did a manually reinstall of grub-efi and and ran boot-repair but I just ended up with 4 uefi entries and when it starts that it immediately shows the bios: http://paste.ubuntu.com/7074105/

    thx

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    @Esperanto
    With my old BIOS, updating it always reset everything back to defaults. I ended up taking photos of what settings I have so the next time it would be easier to reset.
    Did it get reset to secure boot on? Then it only shows those systems that are secure boot.
    You show Windows boot loader in MBR for BIOS boot which will not ever work with a UEFI system. And grub installed to the PBR or partition boot sector of sda2.
    You still have some Windows boot files in efi partition but no Windows install.

    You also are showing two efi partitions. You only can have one per hard drive. With gparted remove boot flag (which converts with gpt a partition to be the efi or boot partition for UEFI boot).

    You also are showing duplicate UEFI entries. You may want to houseclean.
    Code:
     BootOrder: 0006,0005,0004,0000,0003,0002,0001
    Boot0000* kubuntu	HD(1,22,9897,adbd14be-d65d-4604-9211-2a3866c3990b)File(EFIubuntugrubx64.efi)
    Boot0001  Hard Drive 	BIOS(2,0,00)AMGOAMNO........m.S.A.M.S.U.N.G. .S.S.D. .R.B.X. .S.e.r.i.e.s. .1.2.8.G.B. .M....................A.........................>..Gd-.;.A..MQ..L.F.D.9.F.0.O.9.S.9.1.E.S.1.9.B.9.6.7.6.9......AMBO
    Boot0002* USB 	BIOS(5,0,00)AMGOAMNO........}.J.e.t.F.l.a.s.h.T.r.a.n.s.c.e.n.d. .8.G.B. .8...0.7....................A.............................J..Gd-.;.A..MQ..L.J.e.t.F.l.a.s.h.T.r.a.n.s.c.e.n.d. .8.G.B. .8...0.7......AMBO
    Boot0003* UEFI: JetFlashTranscend 8GB 8.07	ACPI(a0341d0,0)PCI(1d,0)USB(1,0)USB(4,0)HD(1,3f,ef3f91,90909090)AMBO
    Boot0004* kubuntu	HD(1,22,9897,adbd14be-d65d-4604-9211-2a3866c3990b)File(EFIubuntushimx64.efi)
    Boot0005* kubuntu	HD(1,22,9897,adbd14be-d65d-4604-9211-2a3866c3990b)File(EFIubuntushimx64.efi)
    Boot0006* kubuntu	HD(1,22,9897,adbd14be-d65d-4604-9211-2a3866c3990b)File(EFIubuntushimx64.efi)
    # from live CD and use efibootmgr
    sudo efibootmgr -v
    The "-v" option displays all the entries so you can confirm you're deleting the right one, and then you use the combination of "-b ####" (to specify the entry) and "-B" (to delete it). Examples #5 is delete:
    http://linux.dell.com/cgi-bin/gitweb...README;hb=HEAD
    http://software.intel.com/en-us/arti...and-scripting/
    Launch EFI Shell from File System Device
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...ace#UEFI_Shell

    Be sure to always boot in UEFI boot mode not BIOS/CSM/Legacy.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    You also are showing two efi partitions. You only can have one per hard drive. With gparted remove boot flag (which converts with gpt a partition to be the efi or boot partition for UEFI boot).
    \o/

    thx a lot

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Thanks @oldfred, gfxmode fixed it! Running like a beaut now.
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