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Windows boot is missing

Postby Tony_photoplus on Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:10 am

I have Elyssa, Linux Mint and my system is dual boot with WinXP. I had a few updates last night and this morning the system went a little haywire!! It stated it was low on graphics and it went into silly mode?? I rebooted and saw that I had lost Windows boot. I went into recovery mode and repaired packages etc. It told me that Wine hadn't loaded properly and it repaired the package. I had lost my NVIDIA and I reloaded that and all now seems well. The only thing now missing is my WINXP boot. How can I recover this please?

Also the sound has gone.
audiotestsrc wave=sine freq=512 ! audioconvert ! audioresample ! gconfaudiosink: Failed to connect stream: Invalid argument
No volume control GStreamer plugins and/or devices found
Looking forward to your answer

Many thanks

Tony
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Re: Windows boot is missing

Postby Tony_photoplus on Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:12 am

Just to add
============================ Boot Info Summary: ==============================

=> Grub0.97 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on boot drive #2 in
partition #1 for /boot/grub/stage2 and /boot/grub/menu.lst.
=> Grub0.97 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb and looks on the same drive
in partition #1 for /boot/grub/stage2 and /boot/grub/menu.lst.
=> Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdc

sda1: _________________________________________________________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows XP
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows XP
Boot files/dirs: /boot.ini /ntldr /NTDETECT.COM

sdb1: _________________________________________________________________________

File system: ext3
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 8.04.1
Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/menu.lst /etc/fstab /boot /boot/grub
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Re: Windows boot is missing

Postby Tony_photoplus on Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:55 am

Ok I have found Windows!! But would you believe it there are 50 Linux different Boots to go down before I get to Windows!! How do I delete all those other boots to make sue its simple?????? Would appreciate some help. Thanks

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Re: Windows boot is missing

Postby kansasnoob on Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:13 pm

The simplest thing to do would be to install startupmanager using Package Manager or from terminal run:

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sudo apt-get install startupmanager


You'll then find it in the Control Center menu under System. (You'll also find it under Administration, but that "launcher" commonly does NOT work). Or you can open it from Terminal by running:

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gksudo startupmanager


Then under the "Advanced" tab you can tick on "Limit the number of kernels" in the boot menu. I always choose "2" just in case a new kernel update refuses to work properly so I can go back to "Boot Option" tab and choose to boot the previous kernel until I get everything straightened out on the new kernel.

Also under the "Advanced" tab you can un-tick the "Create boot option for memetest". How often do you use that?

Finally, given the amount of problems you've encountered, I'd check the options in Update Manager and make sure you're not getting Level 4 & 5 updates!
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Re: Windows boot is missing

Postby Tony_photoplus on Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:20 pm

Thanks for your help now have taken Mint off.
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