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A Wubi issue fixed!

Posted 05-02-2011 at 03:58 AM by rich_c

A colleague asked me to have a look at a laptop he’d installed Mint on using Wubi. He was getting an error
Code:
Try (hd0,0): NTFS5 no wubildr
which was delaying booting into Mint by a minute or two. After much Googling, the solution wasn’t immediately obvious. So, I thought I’d blog it here!

In the end, what the solution turned out to be was pretty trivially simple. I located wubildr and wubildr.mbr on the C: drive (/host with Mint running.) and copied them to the ‘hidden’ partition at the start of the hard drive. The partition with Mint on was sda2 but the system was initially trying to boot sda1. With the required Wubi files copied to both partitions, the boot delay issue was resolved.

As mentioned above, the main partition can be found at /host. I had to create a mount point and mount /dev/sda1 manually in order to copy the files to it. As root I did a
Code:
mkdir /tmp/sda1
then
Code:
mount /dev/sda1 /tmp/sda1
I was then able to copy the files from /host to /tmp/sda1 using Mint’s file manager.

Here’s hoping this saves someone else a bit of head scratching… This is the first time I've had any Wubi dealings so there may be a better way of doing it...
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