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Little Help With Grub

Postby Meads on Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:07 pm

I am dual booting Windows XP & Linux Mint, the problem is i also had Vista dual booting alongside xp before i chose mint, i installed mint on the partition were vista was installed and in grub it gives me the option of other operating systems but lists Windows Vista (Loader) and then when i choose that it gives me the option of Older Versions of Windows and Vista, how can i make Grub just boot straight to windows XP instead of the windows loader. Thanks
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Re: Little Help With Grub

Postby lakehousetech on Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:32 pm

open up your grub menu by opening a terminal and typing:

sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

copy and paste the entry here so I can see it. Should be a matter of entering the following text and saving:

title XP
root (hd0,0)
makeactive
chainloader +1

You can name it whatever you want, but make sure that the disk is correct...(hd0,0)
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Re: Little Help With Grub

Postby Meads on Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:33 pm

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# menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
#            grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
#            grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
#            and /usr/share/doc/grub-legacy-doc/.

## default num
# Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
# the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
#
# You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
# is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
# WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not change this entry to 'saved' or your
# array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
default      0

gfxmenu=/etc/grub/message.elyssa

## timeout sec
# Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
# (normally the first entry defined).
timeout      10

# Pretty colours
color cyan/blue white/blue

## password ['--md5'] passwd
# If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
# control (menu entry editor and command-line)  and entries protected by the
# command 'lock'
# e.g. password topsecret
#      password --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
# password topsecret

#
# examples
#
# title      Windows 95/98/NT/2000
# root      (hd0,0)
# makeactive
# chainloader   +1
#
# title      Linux
# root      (hd0,1)
# kernel   /vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
#

#
# Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST

### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below

## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs

## ## Start Default Options ##
## default kernel options
## default kernel options for automagic boot options
## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
##      kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
##      kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
# kopt=root=/dev/sda6 ro

## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=(hd0,5)

## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. alternative=true
##      alternative=false
# alternative=true

## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. lockalternative=true
##      lockalternative=false
# lockalternative=false

## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
## alternatives
## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
# defoptions=quiet splash

## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
## e.g. lockold=false
##      lockold=true
# lockold=false

## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenhopt=

## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenkopt=console=tty0

## altoption boot targets option
## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
##      altoptions=(recovery mode) single
# altoptions=(recovery mode) single

## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
## alternative kernel options
## e.g. howmany=all
##      howmany=7
# howmany=all

## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
## e.g. memtest86=true
##      memtest86=false
# memtest86=true

## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
## can be true or false
# updatedefaultentry=false

## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
## can be true or false
# savedefault=false

## ## End Default Options ##

title      Linux Mint, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic
root      (hd0,5)
kernel      /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=/dev/sda6 ro quiet splash
initrd      /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic

title      Linux Mint, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic (recovery mode)
root      (hd0,5)
kernel      /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=/dev/sda6 ro single
initrd      /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic

title      Linux Mint, kernel memtest86+
root      (hd0,5)
kernel      /boot/memtest86+.bin

### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST

# This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
# ones.
title      Other operating systems:
root


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sda1
title      Windows Vista/Longhorn (loader)
root      (hd0,0)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader   +1


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for an existing
# linux installation on /dev/sda3.
title      Ubuntu 7.04 (7.04) (on /dev/sda3)
root      (hd0,2)
kernel      /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.20-15-generic root=/dev/sda3
initrd      /boot/initrd.img-2.6.20-15-generic
savedefault
boot
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Re: Little Help With Grub

Postby lakehousetech on Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:47 pm

Oh, since Vista is still written to the MBR! What you can try is booting into XP, then downloading EasyBCD. It's a bootloader editor. Also if that doesn't work do a Google search on removing it. I'm fuzzy about it since I haven't used Vista in a long time. I don't think you can just remove it through msconfig, but I could be wrong.
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Re: Little Help With Grub

Postby Meads on Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:48 pm

Thank you, I know it is a bit late but i have only just got around to giving it a try and it worked a charm.
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