WIndows wont show up in GRUB after Mint install!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WIndows wont show up in GRUB after Mint install!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Postby luck_thedon on Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:08 pm

Hello,

I am very new to linux and have been encountering a few problems. After partitioning and installing linux windows does not show up on the GRUB screen. I just get the three linux options. For you information I am running 64 bit Mint and have Windows 7 x86 on the other partition. I know the windows partition is still there because I can see it in linux just cant get it to boot or show up on the boot screen. Please help I really need to use both partitions. Please also try to keep things simple because when it comes to Linux I know next to nothing.

THANK YOU ALL!!!
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Re: WIndows wont show up in GRUB after Mint install!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Postby SiKing on Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:35 pm

Look on your machine in a file /boot/grub/menu.lst. You will need to edit this file as root. There are instruction in the file on how to add a Windows entry.
Post back here with how far you got, and where are you stuck.
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Re: WIndows wont show up in GRUB after Mint install!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Postby luck_thedon on Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:46 pm

SiKing, thank you for your reply. I have gone into /boot/grub/menu.lst and edited it, I think I have uploaded my current screen that I have. I am not sure which partition of the hard drive windows is on but none of the ones I have tried so far have given me any luck. What do you mean I need to edit it as "root", sorry Im sure that question is very stupid but please bare with me.
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Re: WIndows wont show up in GRUB after Mint install!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Postby SiKing on Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:30 pm

This is not going to be easy, if you are a first-timer.

1. The file in question has privileges to be edited only by root - that's the Linux equivalent of Administrator. This is a good thing, as normally you do not want to mess with this file. In your case you need to change it.

Try this:
- Open a terminal - command prompt. You can find it under Applications > Accessories > Terminal
- Type in: sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
- It will ask for your password
- When it opens, you will be able to edit the file.
- If you make a mistake, you could make you system not work!!!!!!!!!

2. GRUB is the system that runs on your computer before the operating system runs. Windows also has one, you just don't know it. You need to tell GRUB about all the operating systems that you have on your computer. Unfortunately, GRUB has a sick way of looking for things - they are working on GRUB2, but that is neither here nor there.

- First, I assume you have something like this in the file, probably near the end:
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title      Linux Mint
root      (hd0,1)
kernel      /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=/dev/sda2 ro quiet splash
initrd      /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic

Don't worry about the vmlinuz numbers, yours will probably be different (I am running only Mint 5). The important one is the "root" line. I am only guessing, but I think yours will be same as mine: (hd0,1). This means that Linux is installed on the second partition of the first physical hard drive. This suggests, that Windows will be on the first partition.
- Next look for a block like this:
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# title      Windows 95/98/NT/2000
# root      (hd0,0)
# makeactive
# chainloader   +1

You need to delete the hashes (comments), save the file, and just reboot your computer. If I am right about all my guesses, when your computer boots up, the boot menu will show a new entry: "Windows 95/98/NT/2000" (don't worry if you have XP of Vista, it's only a human-legible label, nothing more)! Select that, and it should just work.

If not, if I am wrong, then we need to do some more work. Post back what you did and what happened. Also, the entire contents of the following:
/boot/grub/menu.lst
/etc/fstab

Good luck man! :mrgreen:
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Re: WIndows wont show up in GRUB after Mint install!!!!!!!!!

Postby Martin Rabson on Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:46 am

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Re: WIndows wont show up in GRUB after Mint install!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Postby SiKing on Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:20 am

I once heard something by Billy Idol, of all people: "Isn't it odd how some people come and go in and out of your life, and how others stay around forever?" If the OP still has a problem and if he has the patience, he will come back. If he has a different problem and if his last experience was positive, he will come back. That's a lot of if's! It just may be easier to just move on to a different forum ... different distro ... different OS ... That's just life. :wink:
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