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Old 01-10-2009, 09:35 AM   #1
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No Dual Boot Screen


So, I recently installed Ubuntu w/ Vista and there's no dual boot screen when I restart my computer. Bear with me, I am very new to Ubuntu and I do not know most of the terms/ commands.

Edit: I'm actually getting worried because I partitioned my drive so that this partition with Ubuntu had 50GB, but when I go into my Docs. It sais I have 204GB free space..

Edit: So i found the boot screen, I was jsut being stupid. But I am confronted with another problem. My vista partition isn't displayed.

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Old 01-10-2009, 10:36 AM   #2
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To get the boot menu, press esc. To have the boot menu show all the time, you need to edit your /boot/grub/menu.lst file and add a # in front of the hidden menu option.
 
Old 01-10-2009, 10:51 AM   #3
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To get the boot menu, press esc. To have the boot menu show all the time, you need to edit your /boot/grub/menu.lst file and add a # in front of the hidden menu option.
Yeah I just figured that out. But it also doesn't let me save the .lst. Sais I don't have permissions. Yes I am admin over this computer.

More mainly, I cant boot back to my Vista. Doesn't give me an option. What is the default root of the previous primary OS? How do I figure this out?

This is the command I use to add one right?
root (hdX,Y) <<< I just don't know the root.
chainloader +1
 
Old 01-10-2009, 10:59 AM   #4
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When you edit the list are you using (from commandline): sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst or (from desktop using Alt & F2): gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst? To find your partition info do: sudo fdisk -l and post the result here.
 
Old 01-10-2009, 11:03 AM   #5
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When you edit the list are you using (from commandline): sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst or (from desktop using Alt & F2): gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst? To find your partition info do: sudo fdisk -l and post the result here.
Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xb37a81e0

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 29646 238131463+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 29647 30401 6064537+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 29647 30401 6064506 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Edit: O yeah I forgot too add, Yeah I was trying to do it manually from the folder. I sued the command line, that worked.

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Old 01-10-2009, 12:15 PM   #6
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I don't see HPFS/NTFS, isn't that what's supposed to be windows? :S
 
Old 01-10-2009, 12:33 PM   #7
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Usually the instructions 1-5 will reinstall grub, and redetect your operating systems, if they weren't picked up during install...

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...ct=RestoreGrub

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Old 01-10-2009, 01:11 PM   #8
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I don't see HPFS/NTFS, isn't that what's supposed to be windows? :S
Yes, this is bad news for you. It looks like Linux got installed in the first partition where Windows most likely used to be. The installer made a giant 200+Gb partition and a small extended partition in the neighborhood of 6Gb. It created a single partition on the extended partition that pretty much takes up the whole 6Gb for swap.

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Old 01-10-2009, 01:25 PM   #9
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Usually the instructions 1-5 will reinstall grub, and redetect your operating systems, if they weren't picked up during install...

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...ct=RestoreGrub

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Windows is just not being detected...I tried and it didn't detect it.
 
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Yes, this is bad news for you. It looks like Linux got installed in the first partition where Windows most likely used to be. The installer made a giant 200+Gb partition and a small extended partition in the neighborhood of 6Gb. It created a single partition on the extended partition that pretty much takes up the whole 6Gb for swap.

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Ah god...Feels like I've just been shot. So what you're saying is that it was installed as Primary partition stealing all of windows partitioned space? I don't even understand how the hell that happened. I only designated 50 gigs for Unbuntu, I shrank the primary partition for it. Ah fuck.

Edit: Ontop of that, if it swapped the space, where is the other 50 gigs and vista?

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Old 01-10-2009, 01:37 PM   #11
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Do you have a restore partition on your Windows machine? I could be wrong but I believe that it is invisible. If you do then at least you can bring up the OS. I haven't a clue about all the other files you may of lost.
 
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Do you have a restore partition on your Windows machine? I could be wrong but I believe that it is invisible. If you do then at least you can bring up the OS. I haven't a clue about all the other files you may of lost.
A restore partition? I haven't even heard of it so I would say no. I think it's lost. The only real reason why I'm a little on edge is because I don't have a backup disc. I could try and bring the receipts to where I bought my PC and try and get the OS again since they are obligated to give me one and they didn't when I got it. In the mean time, I think I will just try to make the best of this Linux here. I'll see if I can somehow make my games compatible. Well, thanks anyhow.

Can anyone point me in the direction of a C++ program & compiler?
 
Old 01-10-2009, 01:53 PM   #13
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Edit: Ontop of that, if it swapped the space, where is the other 50 gigs and vista?
When Ubuntu installs, it formats the partitions that it will use for both the main partition and the swap partition. It wiped out what was there.

It is possible to retrieve data even from a formatted disk as I'm sure folks like forensic people can do. I wish I could give you more help on this, especially if you had lost data.
 
Old 01-10-2009, 02:14 PM   #14
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Can anyone point me in the direction of a C++ program & compiler?
I don't see where 50Gb is missing. The start cylinder is 1 and the end is 30401. All are accounted for. If there was a restore partition previously, there isn't one now.

I'm just beginning to learn C. I'm pretty sure that gcc compiles both C and C++. That may already be installed. The other things that come to mind are build-essentials and make. You can find those in Synaptic. For an IDE Anjuta has a lot. I'm using Geany, because I like how fast and simple it is.

There may be a programming section in the forums where you could get more info.

If you are planning to reinstall Windows, it will want to be in the first partition; so you'll be wiping Linux meaning you won't want to go too far into this, I guess.

Good luck, or at least better luck than so far. Maybe you will be able to see what went wrong by going to ubuntu.com and finding their installer documents.
 
Old 01-10-2009, 02:17 PM   #15
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I don't see where 50Gb is missing. The start cylinder is 1 and the end is 30401. All are accounted for. If there was a restore partition previously, there isn't one now.

I'm just beginning to learn C. I'm pretty sure that gcc compiles both C and C++. That may already be installed. The other things that come to mind are build-essentials and make. You can find those in Synaptic. For an IDE Anjuta has a lot. I'm using Geany, because I like how fast and simple it is.

There may be a programming section in the forums where you could get more info.

If you are planning to reinstall Windows, it will want to be in the first partition; so you'll be wiping Linux meaning you won't want to go too far into this, I guess.

Good luck, or at least better luck than so far. Maybe you will be able to see what went wrong by going to ubuntu.com and finding their installer documents.
Thanks a bundle. Well I'll take a gander at Geany, I'll see if Dev or codeblocks works since im more familier with them.
 
  


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