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Thread: Dual boot w/Vista(!) first, then Ubuntu 12.04: So where is my menu.lst now?

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    Dual boot w/Vista(!) first, then Ubuntu 12.04: So where is my menu.lst now?

    Hi!
    Desktop, new (gift) in 2009, opened last April(2013). Vista(!) 'was' working. Next set a partition in a unallocated space and put a copy of Ubuntu 12.04 in (not a Live one) . But now Vista is missing somewhere!
    Ubuntu works great, but can't find the "dual-boot" part? Got a Ubuntu Forums archive tutorial(t-371530) to update the Grub file, but my 'menu.lst' is gone.

    What to do Now ?

    RickO

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    Re: Dual boot w/Vista(!) first, then Ubuntu 12.04: So where is my menu.lst now?

    Hi RickFAA.

    I would start using Boot-Repair. Using the installation CD/USB as a live media, you can rescan the bootable partitions and update the grub list. Here's a tutorial.

    Let us know how it goes.
    Regards.

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    Re: Dual boot w/Vista(!) first, then Ubuntu 12.04: So where is my menu.lst now?

    If the tutorial you used was referring to menu.list then the tut. was out of date for 12.04
    as in grub2 menu.list is not used, can you provide a link to the tutorial you used.

    If you are logged in to Ubuntu please provide the output from a terminal (ctrl+alt+t)of:
    (copy and paste this into terminal, provide user password, and copy and paste results back here.)
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -lu
    You could also try in a terminal:
    Code:
    sudo update-grub
    which will try again to detect the OS's on your system and put Windows in the boot screen if it is detected.

    Hopefully you did not overwrite your windows install but the first command provided should provide some clues to that.

    Edit: Or do what papibe suggested...
    Last edited by arpanaut; May 16th, 2013 at 05:43 AM. Reason: bows to mod (HEHE)
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    Re: Dual boot w/Vista(!) first, then Ubuntu 12.04: So where is my menu.lst now?

    Thank you for the quick reply.......here is one or two back......

    The DIRECT LINK tutorial(2007!) is:
    (http://apcmag.com/5046/how_to_dual_b...nstalled_first)

    Is my GRUB: menu.lst or menu.list?
    Wow - there is a grub2.......?

    And some other stuff.......

    uncle-Inspiron-537s:/home$ sudo fdisk -lu

    Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xd93a2314

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 63 80324 40131 de Dell Utility
    /dev/sda2 81920 30801919 15360000 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda3 * 30801920 354988711 162093396 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda4 354992126 625141759 135074817 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 354992128 600752127 122880000 83 Linux
    /dev/sda6 600754176 616755199 8000512 83 Linux
    /dev/sda7 616757248 625141759 4192256 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    uncle-Inspiron-537s:/home$ sudo update-grub
    Generating grub.cfg ...
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.5.0-28-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.5.0-28-generic
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.5.0-23-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.5.0-23-generic
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-41-generic-pae
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-41-generic-pae
    Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin
    Found Windows Vista (loader) on /dev/sda3
    done

    I was trying to get a copy of "ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair", but my sudo said:
    add-apt: command not found!

    This is FUN!
    RickO

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    Re: Dual boot w/Vista(!) first, then Ubuntu 12.04: So where is my menu.lst now?

    Very good, now you should be able to boot windows by selecting the last item on the list at the boot screen (arrow down, hit enter)
    then when you want Ubuntu again, reboot & just let it go 10 sec and you have dual boot. (or hit enter to go to Ubuntu)

    Yeah, this is fun, lotsa stuff to learn, You should be cooking with gas now... LOL

    Yikes, 2007, you have to be careful about what tutorials you follow, things change pretty fast in the Linux world.
    Last edited by arpanaut; May 16th, 2013 at 07:03 AM. Reason: Yikes!
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