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Dual Boot

Postby boba on Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:11 pm

I got a new hard drive and installed Win7. I used the Windows partitioning to create 3 partitions. Win 7 is installed on the first, the second is blank, and Mint is installed on the 3rd. After a reboot I cannot get into Win7. Linux works perfectly, but something is amiss. Running repair on Windows does not find any problem. I can mount all three partitions without issue. BIOS does not list separate partitions, only the HDD as an option. Cannot sem to get into the Windows boot selection through function keys as Grub appears to load first.

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Re: Dual Boot

Postby caf4926 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:19 pm

Are you saying you never see a grub boot menu where you could select windows.


Something odd about what you say regarding the windows repair. If you did such a repair, you normally loose grub and can't boot Mint until you repair Grub. So did you actually do a windows repair?
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Re: Dual Boot

Postby TheDynamicHamza21 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:20 pm

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Re: Dual Boot

Postby boba on Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:21 pm

I see the grub menu, can choose win7 but then nothing happens. I attempted to repair windows, but it did not find anything wrong.
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Re: Dual Boot

Postby caf4926 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:29 pm

Please try this.

Boot to the Mint desktop
Open a terminal and do the following

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sudo update-grub


Once that is done
reboot and try windows again
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Re: Dual Boot

Postby boba on Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:06 pm

sudo update-grub

no effect.
None of these options have worked either.

http://askubuntu.com/questions/135272/h ... -partition

Is there a way to delete grub and repair the MBR to get back to a functioning version of Windows? At this point I am going to give up on the dual boot and simply run Linux on a virtual. This is absolute nonsense trying to do what I thought was a simple dual OS boot.
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Re: Dual Boot

Postby caf4926 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:15 pm

You need a windows DVD

Boot off the windows 7 installation DVD
Proceed to the screen "Windows 7 / Install Now" BUT DO NOT click to install
Select to "Repair your computer"
Select/put the radio button/dot next to "Use recovery tools that can help fix problems" --> Next
Select "command prompt"
enter this command: Bootrec.exe /FixBoot
enter this command: Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
enter this command: exit
Click to Restart
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Re: Dual Boot

Postby boba on Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:35 pm

You would think the Linux nerds would have this figured out. It is not a complicated idea. Separate partitions, separate OS's. Functional boot menu. Instead I get to waste hours of my life chasing my tail for nothing. No wonder people stick with Microsoft.
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Re: Dual Boot

Postby caf4926 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:28 pm

boba wrote:You would think the Linux nerds would have this figured out. It is not a complicated idea. Separate partitions, separate OS's. Functional boot menu. Instead I get to waste hours of my life chasing my tail for nothing. No wonder people stick with Microsoft.

You might think that... but I couldn't possibly comment :)
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Re: Dual Boot

Postby Paul T. on Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:46 am

I too have a similar problem; have installed Mint alongside WinXP, Grub2 loads with options, if I select Mint all ok, but if I try WinXP screen goes blank momentarily then Grub re-appears?
Tried sudo update-grub, no difference and Boot Repair too which left this message, though still won't boot WinXP.

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Re: Dual Boot

Postby Paul T. on Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:03 am

I've been unable to sort this dual boot issue so have repaired WinXP boot sector and am now back on Windows :(
What did I do wrong? Before installing Mint I created a new Ext4 partition to install it on to as per pic below:

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'C' is obviously main Windows partition, I use 'D' for storing all my media files etc.
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Re: Dual Boot

Postby caf4926 on Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:17 am

This thread is getting confusing with different people bringing there issues in.

@Paul T
Did you post in another thread?
Where is swap? And didn't you have another HD in the mix?
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Re: Dual Boot

Postby Paul T. on Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:24 am

I thought it better to post in this existing thread rather than start a new one.
No, I've not posted elsewhere, I'm new on here and this will be only my 3rd post. (Although I used to use the Ubuntu forum some years ago)
I didn't bother with a swap partition as I have 2gig memory and could create one later if needed.
No other HD installed.
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Re: Dual Boot

Postby caf4926 on Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:48 am

I would delete that ext4
Then create an extended to use all it's space, then create logical partitions for
swap 2GB
ext4 all the rest for Mint /

Then follow
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3e0lLG ... sp=sharing
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