[solved by going back to Ubuntu] Dual boot GRUB problems!

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[solved by going back to Ubuntu] Dual boot GRUB problems!

Postby carkey351 on Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:22 pm

After searching posts on google, none of the advice seemed to work or was something I could figure out with my limited knowledge of linux. The story: my brother in law is trying to get me off my Windows dependence, so I decided to dual-boot Linux MINT 7 with Windows XP pro (64 bit).
System specs: AMD phenom 9500 quad core processor, gigabyte motherboard, 2 ATI graphics cards, 8GB of Ram, and 3 hard drives: hd 1 =Win Xp (500gb), HD 2 -Linux MINT (500gb), HD 3 -Storage, (1TB), all drives are Western Digital., there are other specs Im sure, but those are the main ones.

The problem: After installing linux to HD 2 a couple of times (trying to see if a bad install was the problem), I've figured out that something is wrong with the GRUB. The GRUB loads, (at first nothing would load or boot), and when i go to select either MINT or XP I get an error. With MINT the error is 17, with XP the error is 13. I've tried some fixes listed in posts, but no dice so far. Any help or comments would be appreciated. Iam currently using a Super GRUB disk to boot into each OS, as it is the only way I've found to get into them. (besides the MINT live CD). Please dumb down any help barney style, I can open a terminal, but my knowledge is limited after that to typing in something that someone else writes directly, if that makes sense.

I thought that putting the OS on 2 seperate drives would eliminate these problems...Thanks in advance
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Re: Dual boot GRUB problems! Help I'm a linux NOOB

Postby markcynt on Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:48 am

While in Mint, open Synaptic and install kGrub.

Start kGrub, if you see both operating systems listed go to Tools>Install/Restore Grub.

When the Install Assistant window pops up click Next.

Make sure "Install Grub on a Hard Disk Drive/Partition is checked", then click Next.

Then for the "Install on:" entry click suggestions. Choose hd0 or /dev/sda. It should be hd0 in Mint. Click Finish and you should be good to go.
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Re: Dual boot GRUB problems! Help I'm a linux NOOB

Postby carkey351 on Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:15 am

thanks for the advice, will try and post the results later
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Re: Dual boot GRUB problems! Help I'm a linux NOOB

Postby Aging Technogeek on Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:39 am

There is an easily fixed bug in the kgrub launcher. See this post:

viewtopic.php?f=90&t=27697#p160915

Hope it helps.
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Re: Dual boot GRUB problems! Help I'm a linux NOOB

Postby carkey351 on Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:32 pm

first off, thanks for the support and help. an update though: the file device.map and also menu.lst does not exist!! I cannot edit them because they do not exist. I installed kgrub and tried playing with that, but those 2 files are missing I don't know what to do?
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Re: [solved by going back to Ubuntu] Dual boot GRUB problems!

Postby carkey351 on Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:37 am

none of the suggestions worked. my device.map and menu.lst did not exist so i re-installed Ubuntu, messed with the menu.lst file and voila! it works. man Grub is a pain in the a$$.
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Re: [solved by going back to Ubuntu] Dual boot GRUB problems!

Postby markcynt on Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:44 am

That's really strange, since Mint and Ubuntu use the exact same installer. I hope you're happy with the results but IMO Mint is much better than Ubuntu. Now that you have a working Grub you may want to either try replacing Ubuntu with Mint or add Mint to your current setup.

If and when you're ready we're here to help.
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