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    Re: need some phone help

    I noticed you were trying to give us your current disk layout. Please type the following and give output back here:

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    sudo fdisk -l
    Also copy your outputs into CODE fields. Just copy all data then push on the # above.

    Thanks.

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    Re: need some phone help

    I then typed “sudo dpkg-reconfigure phigh xserver-xorg.
    You have missed out a minus sign.

    Wat do thoes # signs mean in the grub lst?
    They are comments. Don't uncomment them, the lines are supposed to be commented in the menu.lst file. (I don't fully understand the last commented section though - an old copy of windows?)

    Your menu.lst file looks good for the following boot sequence:
    1. Mint
    2. Ubuntu
    3. Windows

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    Re: need some phone help

    I have 3 HD'S :
    The first is a 100GB Pata it has Mint on it.
    The second is a 250GB Sata in MB sata1 connector it has Ubuntu on it.
    The third is a 160GB Sata in MB sata2 connector it has WinXP on it.
    During inst. Mint partitioned the drives as follows:
    /dev/hda (100GB Pata)
    /dev/hda1 ext3 I made this root ie /
    /dev/hda2 swap
    /dev/hda 3 fat32
    /dev/sda (250GB Sata1)
    /dev/sda1 ext3
    /dev/sda3 swap
    /dev/sda5 fat32
    /dev/sdb (160GB Sata2)
    /dev/sdb1 ntfs I made this /windows
    /dev/sdb5 fat32


    bill@bill-desktop:~$ sudo fdisk -l
    Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x95dc719e

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 3040 24418768+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 3169 6355 25599577+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda3 3041 3168 1028160 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda5 3169 6355 25599546 b W95 FAT32

    Partition table entries are not in disk order

    Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x761c12f3

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 * 1 3187 25599546 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sdb2 3188 19457 130688775 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sdb5 3188 6374 25599546 b W95 FAT32
    /dev/sdb6 6375 9561 25599546 7 HPFS/NTFS

    Disk /dev/hda: 100.0 GB, 100030242816 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 12161 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0d4057a2

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hda1 * 1 3039 24410736 83 Linux
    /dev/hda2 3040 3282 1951897+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/hda3 3283 6321 24410767+ b W95 FAT32
    bill@bill-desktop:~$
    310-375-2437
    Last edited by bj218; June 20th, 2008 at 01:29 AM.

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    Re: need some phone help

    The # sign's that I added ie /dev/sda5 is a fat32 with my personal data on it.
    The second place where I added the # sign ie /dev/sdb5 is a fat32 partition with the same data as the one above.

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    Re: need some phone help

    Your Grub mapping looks correct. Also the hard drive placement looks correct. Windows is on the third hard drive. You say that when grub shows its face Windows doesn't show up?

    Can you tell us how many different boot images show up. It appears you have 5 or 6 on last count. I just want to make sure.

    title Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    root (hd2,0)
    savedefault
    makeactive
    map (hd0) (hd2)
    map (hd2) (hd0)
    chainloader +1

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    Re: need some phone help

    The # sign's that I added ie /dev/sda5 is a fat32 with my personal data on it.
    The second place where I added the # sign ie /dev/sdb5 is a fat32 partition with the same data as the one above.
    The Mint installation added these two sections thinking they were bootable Windows partitions. You commented out the correct sections.

    As VMC said the configuration looks good now. I count 1 Mint kernel (+ recovery and memtest), 3 Ubuntu kernels (+ recovery and memtest) and 1 uncommented Windows section.

    I would expect you to be able to get Mint and Ubuntu working. There are potential problems with Windows when not on the first drive. Here is a link to the grub manual.

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    Re: need some phone help

    This is all the info. that is on the bootup screen.I would think Win should be here even if it won't boot!

    Linux Mint kernel 2.6.22-14-generic
    Linux Mint kernel 2.6.22-14-generic ( recovery mode)
    Linux Mint kernel memtest 86+
    Other operating systems:
    Ubuntu 8.04 kernel 2.6.24-18-generic (on /dev/sda1)
    Ubuntu 8.04 kernel 2.6.24-18-generic (recovery mode) (on /dev/sda1)
    Last edited by bj218; June 20th, 2008 at 09:38 PM.

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    Re: need some phone help

    Quote Originally Posted by nick_h View Post
    There are potential problems with Windows when not on the first drive. Here is a link to the grub manual.
    Exactly! That's why I mentioned that his mapping of the Windows chainload looked correct. I think that's the key somehow.

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    Re: need some phone help

    I could remove Mint from the Pata drive and copy WinXP to that drive. I could then reinstall Mint on the 160GB Sata drive and change the MB Sata connectors.

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    Re: need some phone help

    I could remove Mint from the Pata drive and copy WinXP to that drive. I could then reinstall Mint on the 160GB Sata drive and change the MB Sata connectors.
    I don't think that would work. The easiest thing to do would be to change the boot sequence to:
    1. Windows
    2. Ubuntu
    3. Mint
    and then overwrite the MBR of disk 1 (the Windows disk) with grub.

    Boot to Ubuntu and make 2 entries at the end of your menu.lst (under Other OS) for Windows and Mint.

    Windows:
    Code:
    title Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    root (hd0,0)
    savedefault
    makeactive
    chainloader +1
    Mint:
    Code:
    title Linux Mint, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic
    root (hd2,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=/dev/hda1 ro quiet splash
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.22-14-generic
    boot
    
    title Linux Mint, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic (recovery mode)
    root (hd2,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=/dev/hda1 ro single
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.22-14-generic
    boot
    
    title Linux Mint, kernel memtest86+
    root (hd2,0)
    kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin
    boot
    Now locate the line:
    Code:
    # groot=(hd0,0)
    and change it to:
    Code:
    # groot=(hd1,0)
    Save the file and update it using:
    Code:
    sudo update-grub
    Now you can install this grub on the Windows MBR:
    Code:
    sudo grub
    root (hd0,0)
    setup (hdx)
    quit
    where x is the drive number for Windows when you follow these instructions (use hd1 for drive 2).

    The advantage of this setup is that you don't modify the grub on your Mint drive so that your previous configuration should still boot to Ubuntu and Mint. It is also likely to boot to Windows.

    The disadvantage is that you overwrite your Windows boot loader. Before you try this I suggest that you have your Windows disk handy to restore it. (Boot to recovery mode and type FIXMBR).

    Edit: Just realised that Ubuntu will be on hd0 for these instructions
    Useful link - http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=224351
    Last edited by nick_h; June 21st, 2008 at 12:18 AM. Reason: Corrected error and added link

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