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josepharari 05-16-2011 05:47 AM

How to uninstall Windows black "GRUB" and use the purple grub instead?
 
When i turn on my laptop the dell logo comes up, and then it goes to the Windows black "grub" (i have ubuntu and 7), if i click on "Windows 7" it starts, but if i click on "Ubuntu 11.04" it goes to the nice and purple grub that we all know, and i also have two options: Ubuntu or windows. It seems stupid and pointless to have 2 grubs.

Is there any way to uninstall Window's black grub so the computer will go direct to Ubuntu's purple grub?

Thanks!

corp769 05-16-2011 05:51 AM

Hello,

First things first. Since when did windows ship with grub? Windows has its own proprietary boot loader and booting system, and grub itself does not have "colors"; You can change the background, that's about it.

Besides that, I highly doubt that you have two separate versions of grub installed. Can I ask to see pictures of this? This definitely blows my mind......

Josh

corp769 05-16-2011 05:55 AM

To add to my previous post... How do you have linux and windows installed, respectively? Do you have separate hard drives? Did you use wubi within windows? I need to know exact details on how you installed both operating systems in order to keep troubleshooting.

Josh

josepharari 05-16-2011 06:04 AM

A video is always better than screenshots:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeaTllUG5yca

Quote:

How do you have linux and windows installed, respectively? Do you have separate hard drives? Did you use wubi within windows?
I thought i had 3 partitions (Windows, Linux and Storage) but i opened gparted to tell you exactly where they are an how big are they and i only see 2, is it posible that linux got installed in the same partition as windows? that is new i did not know that linux could do that

corp769 05-16-2011 06:12 AM

If linux was "installed" on the same partition, then you wouldn't have windows anymore ;)

Now as far as the video, the first "bootloader" is the windows bootloader. I can already tell that you installed Ubuntu from within windows. The second bootloader is grub. I highly recommend booting in Ubuntu, and installing grub directly to your MBR. Read here - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...tallingWindows
That will get you on track as far as reinstalling grub and so forth. If you have any troubles, questions, or it does not work at all, let us know, and we will definitely assist you.

Cheers,

Josh

PS - It looks like you need a hair cut :p

josepharari 05-16-2011 06:20 AM

You know what? I'm going to reinstall linux and windows, i'm going to make 3 partitions, 10GB in linux, 15GB in windows and everything else for storage. Do you happen to have a good tutorial? I know how to do it i'm just rough around the edges (grub and the sort) thanks!

and i just woke up there was no uni today, that's why i look like a broom ;)

corp769 05-16-2011 06:24 AM

Just a rule of thumb - Normally, you want your swap space to be double the size of your RAM. Not saying you have to, but it is recommended. And you don't have to format your drive all over again man.... What is the capacity of your hard drive?

josepharari 05-16-2011 06:35 AM

320GB and 2GB Ram (dell 1545)

Can i erase ubuntu from the linux partition, shrink windows's partition to 15GB and then install ubuntu on a fresh partition, or i have to erase everything and install like new?

TobiSGD 05-16-2011 06:57 AM

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Originally Posted by corp769 (Post 4357731)
Just a rule of thumb - Normally, you want your swap space to be double the size of your RAM.

So you mean I should use 16GB swap for my 8GB machine? Those rules of thumb are pointless. You will never need such amount of swap, and if your machine uses so much swap it is totally wrong dimensioned ant it will be really slow. I would recommend to use as much swap as you have RAM if you want to do Suspend-to-Disk/Hibernation, otherwise you will be fine with 1GB.

corp769 05-16-2011 07:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TobiSGD (Post 4357755)
So you mean I should use 16GB swap for my 8GB machine? Those rules of thumb are pointless. You will never need such amount of swap, and if your machine uses so much swap it is totally wrong dimensioned ant it will be really slow. I would recommend to use as much swap as you have RAM if you want to do Suspend-to-Disk/Hibernation, otherwise you will be fine with 1GB.

Good catch actually, I forget to mention it would be for machines with lower RAM. My bad about that. On my 8GB machine, I only use 3GB, and even that's pushing it. But I have a very large hard drive, so 3 gigs is nothing really....


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