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Old 05-31-2014, 07:06 AM   #1
vvladimir
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GRUB bootloader "issues" on Debian Wheezy 7.5 (multiboot with Windows 7)


Hi,
I have just installed Debian Wheezy (7.5) with LXDE (32-bits version), and it comes with GRUB bootloader (I think its GRUB 2 version). There is also Windows 7 Pro installed on the same hard disk. Previously, I was using Windows 7 and Lubuntu (decided to switch from Ubuntu to Debian).

Now, everything works fine, but Debian's GRUB bootloader is showing odd options.
These are the options GRUB is displaying (by order):
- Debian GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.2.0-4-686-pae
- Debian GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.2.0-4-686-pae (recovery order)
- Debian GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.2.0-4-486
- Debian GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.2.0-4-486 (recovery mode)
- Memory test (memtest 86+)
- Memory test (memtest 86+, serial console 115200)
- Memory test (memtest 86+, experimental multiboot)
- Memory test (memtest 86+, serial console 115200, experimental multiboot)
- Windows Vista (loader)
- Windows Vista (loader)

For Debian I choose third option (Debian GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.2.0-4-486), and for Windows 7, I choose last option.

Is it normal for GRUB to be showing Windows Vista even if it is Windows 7? Also, when I choose Windows Vista option, I am getting message saying "error, missing argument. Press any key to continue". When I press any key, Win7 loads properly.

While I was using Ubuntu (Lubuntu,Xubuntu), Ubuntu's GRUB loader was working fine, but I decided to leave Ubuntu because I had some issues regarding sleep mode, being stucked in login screen and similar. And Debian should be like most stable distribution, right?

Should I reinstall GRUB somehow, or just leave it as is? Or maybe install some different boot loader?

BTW, GRUB boot loader displays following version info: "GNU GRUB version 1.99.27 + deb7u2"

Last edited by vvladimir; 05-31-2014 at 07:54 AM.
 
Old 05-31-2014, 04:59 PM   #2
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Is it normal for GRUB to be showing Windows Vista even if it is Windows 7?
It's the same bootloader so that sometimes happens. You can easily change the menuentry line for windows 7 in the /boot/grub/grub.cfg file or change and copy the entry to /etc/grub.d/40_custom file.


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when I choose Windows Vista option, I am getting message saying "error, missing argumen
Can't tell what that might be as you haven't posted the grub.cfg file so no one would know.
 
Old 06-01-2014, 04:19 AM   #3
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It's the same bootloader so that sometimes happens. You can easily change the menuentry line for windows 7 in the /boot/grub/grub.cfg file or change and copy the entry to /etc/grub.d/40_custom file.

Can't tell what that might be as you haven't posted the grub.cfg file so no one would know.
Thanks for reply.
OK, I have edited "/boot/grub/grub.cfg" and changed menu entry "Windows Vista (loader)" to "Windows 7 Professional".

Now, I wonder, which else menu entries are safe to remove(or comment), by editing "grub.cfg" file? Because, there are many entries there, which I believe will never need them.

You can see the "grub.cfg" file content in attachment.
Thanks.
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Old 06-01-2014, 08:35 AM   #4
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If you look at the entries for Debian, you will see a standard entry and a recovery mode for pae and non-pae. The memtest entries are also different as you can see from the menuentry line. I wouldn't bother changing them as the different kernels take up very little space. If you don't want to see them on boot, you can comment some of the entries out with # at the beginning of the menuentry line or make a backup, as long as you still have the Debian installation medium if you have problems. You could do some research on pae to see if you need that.
 
  


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