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

    @Makdaam

    Suggest you file a bug report for Boot-Repair.
    If you do not have a launchpad account, you will have to create one.

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/boot-repair
    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

    Bug report filed, thanks for the launchpad link.

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

    Hello,
    I was advised to ask for help in this thread from boot-repair software.

    My problem is I lost dual boot menu after BIOS update (or some other HP tool update). After first ubuntu installation i just run default boot-repair mode, but now it doesnt bring back to life dual boot menu. My system configuration from boot repair:
    http://paste.ubuntu.com/7246773/

    Any sugestions?

    Thank you for help.

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

    I often suggest updating UEFI/BIOS as vendors have lots of fixes they also need to make.
    And I think HP is one of those that only boots Windows, and hope they fix that.
    Boot-Repairs work around for that only boot Windows or 'buggy' UEFI is a rename of grub/shim to have the Windows efi file name so UEFI thinks it boots Windows and really boots into grub. Then from grub menu you can boot the backup of the Windows file.

    In UEFI can you boot an ubuntu entry, you may have two, one shim and one grub? Shim is for secure boot. Also grub does have a bug and will not boot Windows 8.1 with secure boot on. Or best to have secure boot off for now.

    It looks like you have not said yes, but with HP may need to?
    Always say no until proven that you only can boot Windows entry from UEFI menu.
    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.


    Boot-Repairs rename copies this /EFI/microsoft/boot/shimx64.efi to bootmgfw.efi
    Actual Windows boot file, originally bootmgfw.efi, becomes this:
    /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bkpbootmgfw.efi

    Where the bkp is the back up or original version.

    And Windows updates may reset Windows efi file bootmgfw.efi to be the actual Windows file, not the renamed. Or you have to run Boot-Repair to rename shim again after Windows replaces it. Not sure if Boot-Repair keeps track of versions, so best to make regular backups of the efi partition, and which bootmgfw.efi is where.

    Also if you update UEFI/BIOS it will reset many things to defaults. With BIOS it reset everything, but UEFI does have NVRAM and some settings may be preserved. With my BIOS I had to use camera and copy every screen so I know what changes I have made.
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Hello. I am posting this here, hoping that I will be able to get some help. After installing ubuntu I received the Grub Rescue error and ran the Boot Repair function. Unfortunately the error is still not repaired - see the report; http://paste.ubuntu.com/7248398/

    Please help. Thanks in advance!

    Theresa

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

    @theresa
    You told Boot-Repair that sdc was not an external? Usually LaCie drives are USB external drives. If it is then Boot-Repair would have only installed grub to sdc and left or installed Windows boot loader to sda, so you could boot XP. Although now I would not be booting XP while connected to Internet.
    You can fix that with Boot-Repair's advanced mode where you choose which operating system and which drive to install boot loader into.

    Are you booting from sdc the external drive. Are you using BIOS or one time boot key (f12 on my system but may vary) to choose the sdc drive. On my system USB drives are just another hard drive.

    Also how old is system? Some do not boot from external. Also what mode are drives set to in BIOS. Better not to have IDE, but use LBA or Large. It also is better to use AHCI, but XP will not boot unless when you installed XP originally you added those AHCI drivers. Newer Windows have those drivers and just need to be turned on. With my XP system I added a SSD which requires AHCI and found XP did not work. So I finally shut it down.

    Also some BIOS do not boot from partitions beyond a certain point. May be related to the IDE setting or just the BIOS. In those cases you have to create a small /boot partition or smaller / (root) partition that is fully inside the first 100GB of the drive. You have a larger NTFS partition at beginning of drive so try all the other options before reorganizing entire drive. Also if you have another flash drive you may be able to create a separate /boot on flash drive and still use sdc for everything else as an alternative to totally reorganizing existing sdc.
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Greetings folks,

    So, I need to log on to Windows 7 one more time...

    Having the usual UEFI/over-written MBR/GRUB debacle. I booted fine a few months ago (last time I used it) but not now.

    Results of the most recent attempt at boot-repair....

    http://paste.ubuntu.com/7262942/

    After doing that, I'm stuck on the GRUB command line at boot.

    Please let me know what I need to do to get back onto Windows 7 just one more time....

    -TGW

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

    @tgw2
    What computer is this?

    You have done the Boot-Repair 'buggy' UEFI rename which is only required for those computers that modify UEFI to only boot Windows.
    Are you have to boot an ubuntu entry from UEFI, or does only the Windows entry work. With rename either will take you to grub and you can currently only boot Windows from grub menu with the bkpbootmgfw.efi boot entry.

    I would undo the rename, then the Windows entry in UEFI will take you directly to Windows. And if you can boot ubuntu entry you do not need the rename again.

    Always say no until proven that you only can boot Windows entry from UEFI menu.
    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.

    You also show an old wubi install. That does not work with gpt partitioning which all UEFI systems have.

    Your 13.04 is obsolete, so you cannot get updates or fixes. Best to upgrade or reinstall after fully backing up.

    EOL Notice: Raring (13.04) will be End of Life on January 27, 2014
    http://releases.ubuntu.com/13.04/

    Boot-Repair seemed to want to run fsck on several partitions. That really is for ext4 (or ext3) formatted partitions. Not sure why?
    If you need fsck on sda6 run this:

    #From liveDVD/Flash so everything is unmounted,swap off if necessary, change example shown with partition sda6 to your partition(s)
    #e2fsck is used to check the ext2/ext3/ext4 family of file systems. -p trys fixes where response not required
    sudo e2fsck -C0 -p -f -v /dev/sda6
    #if errors: -y auto answers yes for fixes needing response, also see man e2fsck
    sudo e2fsck -f -y -v /dev/sda6


    If Windows needs repairs, then you have to run chkdsk from your Windows repair CD or flash drive.

    You have UEFI and both Windows & Ubuntu in UEFI mode. Always boot repair media in UEFI mode also.
    Boot-Repair mentioned this:

    The boot of your PC is in Legacy mode. You may want to retry after changing it to EFI mode.

    And there is no need to install secure boot versions of grub/kernel as Windows 7 will not boot with secure boot on.
    If in future you stop using Windows 7, you could then install the secure boot versions if desired.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    It is an ASUS K55N. Came with Windows 7 installed. We WUBIed when we shouldn't have (guessing that it didn't have UEFI...) and that seems to be the start of a range of problems since then.

    It has been a mess, involving Ubuntu, Mint, deleting partitions and generally not being able to focus on sorting it out properly because other stuff was going on....

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

    I have seen all these K55N and none have been able to make them work with UEFI.

    Asus K55N booting Ubuntu with secure boot
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/35339...tu-menu-issues
    Asus K55N just does not boot Ubuntu in UEFI mode. Some things to try, but no solution
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2137233
    Asus K55n will not boot in UEFI mode. Boot Parameters? Feb 2013
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2111720
    ASUS-K55N is just not able to boot an EFI linux, converted to BIOS with MBR partitioning - UEFI Windows 7
    CSM boot of Mint
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...3#post12635283
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