[SOLVED] Multiple issues after installation of Windows 7 & Kubuntu 10.04
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Multiple issues after installation of Windows 7 & Kubuntu 10.04
My new project machine is a Gateway laptop,
AMD Phenom II Dual-Core 3.0GHz,
8GB DDR3 ram.
I intend on multi-boot.
I used gparted to partition the HHD, then installed Windows 7 64-bit on its partition. I notice that after installation, which I believe went flawless, Windows does not boot, and there is no boot loader. All I get is a "useless" (to me) black console screen. Intuitively, I thought that if I proceed with the Kubuntu installation, it will give me a grub (or other boot loader?).
So, I proceeded to complete the Kubuntu 10.04 64-bit on its partition.
Now I am sure that this install was also flawless. But when I boot the machine now, I do not get a boot loader, or Windows, but I do get what appears to be the guts of Kubuntu, specifically, I have a black console screen, that asks for my login and password. I provide the credentials, and all I am left with is my typical console cursor:
How do I get my grub, my Windows, and Kubuntu's GUI?
Please explain the steps so I can learn to solve the problems.
Last edited by Bhakta Neal; 08-05-2011 at 10:13 PM.
Reason: inserted "laptop"
Kubuntu did not recognize the Windows install. Therefore you will not get the grub menu. You can press <shift> during boot to get to the grub menu, but I'm 99% sure that you will not find windows in there.
I second andrewthomas' advise to first get windows working.
Kubuntu has (more than likely) a problem with your video card which can result in your console login. Once you have the grub menu on the screen, press 'e' to edit the boot parameters.
Find the line that ends with 'quiet splash' and replace those two words by a single 'nomodeset'; the line is long and probably wrapped. 'nomodeset' seems to be the castor oil for many problems but I don't have a bloody idea what it exactly does. Next press <ctrl>x (that is control and 'x' at the same time) to boot.
Removing the 'quiet splash' will result in screens full of text but at least you might be able to see what's going on (you can also dig in the various log files in /var/log); the 'nomodeset' might get you to GUI environment. If it does, that change needs to be made permanent; we will take that hurdle when you get there (or you can do some research on the web).
I'm not sure how to proceed if the 'nomodeset' does not help.
Last edited by Wim Sturkenboom; 08-06-2011 at 12:17 AM.
After reading on some unrelated thread that both Winderz and Linux like to create their own partitions at the time of installation, (as opposed to having gparted create a battery of partitions with which to fill with OS's etc), I went ahead and simply re-installed Win7 64 (yet another 2.5 hours...), then had Kub make its own partitions from "freespace" on the HDD.
Not sure how or why it all work, but...
I now have a boot loader at boot, 2 listed OS's, and both OS's boot up properly.
Thank you dearly to those who tried to help. I hope some other noob will benefit from your advice and/or my discovery.