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Old 05-27-2014, 12:27 AM   #1
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Zorin 8.1 dual boot failure - alternative fix


Hello! As a complete newbie, I attempted to install Zorin 8.1-32 bit into my HP computer already running XP but now I cannot access XP - Zorin starts up and runs fine but no dual boot menu will show up. (I have one HDD that's 250 GB). I've tried to repair this problem with kind suggestions from this forum but nothing has cured this problem and the last suggestions have become too complex for me and I cannot understand how to follow the steps.

I've resigned myself to losing XP so as an alternative to repairing the failed double boot, would it work just to insert Zorin again and install it as the only OS on my PC? Will this overwrite everything, regain my lost HDD space, and enable Zorin to run solo? Would this same approach work if I tried to solo install Ubuntu 14.04 in this method?

Thank you for your ideas to a sad newbie!
 
Old 05-27-2014, 06:08 PM   #2
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Did you run the bootinfoscript from the site below after reading the instructions and then post it here? It provides detailed information on your system and someone should be able to make a suggestion:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/bootinfoscript/

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would it work just to insert Zorin again and install it as the only OS on my PC? Will this overwrite everything
You don't need to do that. Run this command: sudo fdisk -l(Lower Case Letter L in the command) and if you don't understand the output, post it. Otherwise, it will show your partitions and you will be able to determine on which you have Zorin and on which you have xp. You could then either delete and format or just format the windows partition. Overwriting everthing will depend on the options you have available during installation and which one you select. If you are thinking about just using Ubuntu, there are numerous tutorials on installing it and it might be a good idea to review a few.
 
Old 05-27-2014, 07:42 PM   #3
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Yancek, here's the response to fdisk -l on my PC:



Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders, total 488397168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xcab10bee

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 63 270464508 135232223 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2 469965510 488392064 9213277+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sda3 270465022 469964799 99749889 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 270465024 465903615 97719296 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 465905664 469964799 2029568 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Partition table entries are not in disk order
xam200@xam200-EX269AA-ABA-a1514n:~$

Thank you for your time...
 
Old 05-27-2014, 10:47 PM   #4
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I would suggest you boot Zorin and open a terminal and enter the following command: sudo os-prober You will be prompted for your primary user password, enter that and hit the Enter key. After the os-prober command completes run: sudo update-grub and watch the output to see if xp is detected. If not, download and run the bootinfoscript and post the results.txt file here.

Your fdisk output shows xp on the first partition, sda1.
 
Old 05-28-2014, 10:35 AM   #5
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Yancek, again, thank you for your help! I completed the inputs and found that XP was found. The lines are as follows: Found Windows XP Media Center Edition on /dev/sda1 AND
Found Windows NT/2000/XP on /dev/sda2


xam200
 
Old 05-28-2014, 10:33 PM   #6
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Yancek, I've posted the 2 lines (above) showing that XP is included in the text resulting from your suggested input. Am I any closer to the desired solution of a dual boot?

Thanks again.
 
Old 05-28-2014, 11:12 PM   #7
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Yancek, I've posted the 2 lines (above) showing that XP is included in the text resulting from your suggested input. Am I any closer to the desired solution of a dual boot?
If you got that output from update-grub, you should now have 2 entries in the boot menu for xp, reboot and check. If you don't see them in the boot menu, post the contents of the /boot/grub/grub.cfg file.
 
Old 05-29-2014, 03:41 AM   #8
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Yancek, thanks for staying with me on this problem. My computer did not dual boot. I input the code you suggested and here's the output:

/boot/grub/grub.cfg
bash: /boot/grub/grub.cfg: Permission denied
xam200@xam200-EX269AA-ABA-a1514n:~$

Getting "permission" is probably easy to get around but as a total newbie, I don't know how. Could you stick with me a little longer - maybe the solution is close at hand?

Thank you!

xam200
 
Old 05-29-2014, 03:48 AM   #9
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cat /boot/grub/grub.cfg
or
sudo cat /boot/grub/grub.cfg
 
Old 05-29-2014, 05:00 AM   #10
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Eddy1, thank you so much for your follow up!

The entry produced the following:

xam200@xam200-EX269AA-ABA-a1514n:~$ sudo cat /boot/grub/grub.cfg
[sudo] password for xam200:
#
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
#
# It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
#

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
set have_grubenv=true
load_env
fi
set default="0"

if [ x"${feature_menuentry_id}" = xy ]; then
menuentry_id_option="--id"
else
menuentry_id_option=""
fi

export menuentry_id_option

if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
save_env saved_entry
set prev_saved_entry=
save_env prev_saved_entry
set boot_once=true
fi

function savedefault {
if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
saved_entry="${chosen}"
save_env saved_entry
fi
}

function recordfail {
set recordfail=1
if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
}

function load_video {
if [ x$feature_all_video_module = xy ]; then
insmod all_video
else
insmod efi_gop
insmod efi_uga
insmod ieee1275_fb
insmod vbe
insmod vga
insmod video_bochs
insmod video_cirrus
fi
}

if [ x$feature_default_font_path = xy ] ; then
font=unicode
else
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos5'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos5 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos5 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
else
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
fi
font="/usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2"
fi

if loadfont $font ; then
set gfxmode=auto
load_video
insmod gfxterm
set locale_dir=$prefix/locale
set lang=en_US
insmod gettext
fi
terminal_output gfxterm
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos5'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos5 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos5 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
else
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
fi
insmod gfxmenu
loadfont ($root)/boot/grub/themes/Zorin/Roboto-18.pf2
insmod png
set theme=($root)/boot/grub/themes/Zorin/theme.txt
export theme
if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ]; then
set timeout=-1
else
set timeout=10
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
set menu_color_normal=white/black
set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
if background_color 0,0,0; then
clear
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
function gfxmode {
set gfxpayload="${1}"
if [ "${1}" = "keep" ]; then
set vt_handoff=vt.handoff=7
else
set vt_handoff=
fi
}
if [ "${recordfail}" != 1 ]; then
if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
set linux_gfx_mode=keep
else
set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
else
set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
else
set linux_gfx_mode=keep
fi
else
set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
export linux_gfx_mode
menuentry 'Zorin' --class zorin --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-simple-3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537' {
recordfail
load_video
gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos5'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos5 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos5 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
else
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
fi
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.0-22-generic root=UUID=3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537 ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.11.0-22-generic
}
submenu 'Advanced options for Zorin' $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-advanced-3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537' {
menuentry 'Zorin, with Linux 3.11.0-22-generic' --class zorin --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.11.0-22-generic-advanced-3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537' {
recordfail
load_video
gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos5'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos5 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos5 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
else
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
fi
echo 'Loading Linux 3.11.0-22-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.0-22-generic root=UUID=3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537 ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.11.0-22-generic
}
menuentry 'Zorin, with Linux 3.11.0-22-generic (recovery mode)' --class zorin --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.11.0-22-generic-recovery-3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537' {
recordfail
load_video
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos5'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos5 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos5 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
else
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
fi
echo 'Loading Linux 3.11.0-22-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.0-22-generic root=UUID=3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537 ro recovery nomodeset
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.11.0-22-generic
}
menuentry 'Zorin, with Linux 3.11.0-20-generic' --class zorin --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.11.0-20-generic-advanced-3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537' {
recordfail
load_video
gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos5'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos5 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos5 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
else
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
fi
echo 'Loading Linux 3.11.0-20-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.0-20-generic root=UUID=3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537 ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.11.0-20-generic
}
menuentry 'Zorin, with Linux 3.11.0-20-generic (recovery mode)' --class zorin --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.11.0-20-generic-recovery-3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537' {
recordfail
load_video
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos5'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos5 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos5 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
else
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
fi
echo 'Loading Linux 3.11.0-20-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.0-20-generic root=UUID=3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537 ro recovery nomodeset
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.11.0-20-generic
}
menuentry 'Zorin, with Linux 3.11.0-17-generic' --class zorin --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.11.0-17-generic-advanced-3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537' {
recordfail
load_video
gfxmode $linux_gfx_mode
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos5'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos5 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos5 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
else
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
fi
echo 'Loading Linux 3.11.0-17-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.0-17-generic root=UUID=3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537 ro quiet splash $vt_handoff
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.11.0-17-generic
}
menuentry 'Zorin, with Linux 3.11.0-17-generic (recovery mode)' --class zorin --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option 'gnulinux-3.11.0-17-generic-recovery-3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537' {
recordfail
load_video
insmod gzio
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos5'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos5 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos5 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
else
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
fi
echo 'Loading Linux 3.11.0-17-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.0-17-generic root=UUID=3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537 ro recovery nomodeset
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.11.0-17-generic
}
}

### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###

### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
menuentry 'Memory test (memtest86+)' {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos5'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos5 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos5 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
else
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
fi
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
}
menuentry 'Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)' {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='hd0,msdos5'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos5 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos5 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos5 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
else
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 3a4ca1b2-f82a-4874-b18e-17eb812f0537
fi
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
}
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry 'Windows XP Media Center Edition (on /dev/sda1)' --class windows --class os $menuentry_id_option 'osprober-chain-284CB0F34CB0BD3E' {
insmod part_msdos
insmod ntfs
set root='hd0,msdos1'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos1 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos1 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos1 284CB0F34CB0BD3E
else
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 284CB0F34CB0BD3E
fi
drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
chainloader +1
}
menuentry 'Windows NT/2000/XP (on /dev/sda2)' --class windows --class os $menuentry_id_option 'osprober-chain-6D37-0F17' {
insmod part_msdos
insmod fat
set root='hd0,msdos2'
if [ x$feature_platform_search_hint = xy ]; then
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root --hint-bios=hd0,msdos2 --hint-efi=hd0,msdos2 --hint-baremetal=ahci0,msdos2 6D37-0F17
else
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 6D37-0F17
fi
drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
chainloader +1
}
### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_uefi-firmware ###
### END /etc/grub.d/30_uefi-firmware ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
# This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries. Simply type the
# menu entries you want to add after this comment. Be careful not to change
# the 'exec tail' line above.
### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
if [ -f ${config_directory}/custom.cfg ]; then
source ${config_directory}/custom.cfg
elif [ -z "${config_directory}" -a -f $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
source $prefix/custom.cfg;
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
xam200@xam200-EX269AA-ABA-a1514n:~$

What can I try based upon this feedback? Again, thanks so very much for everyone's help!

xam200
 
Old 05-29-2014, 06:21 AM   #11
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open a terminal and then sudo gedit /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober
if the last line in the file is this
Code:
adjust_timeout
comment out by changing to this
Code:
#adjust_timeout
and then rerun
Code:
sudo update-grub
 
Old 05-29-2014, 08:58 AM   #12
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Just as a point of clarification, when you boot do you see the boot menu? Just to ask the obvious, looking at your grub.cfg file, you have 8 entries for Zorin with 3 different kernels plus the 2 memtest entries so you would have 10 entries before you get to the windows entries. You have used the arrow keys on the boot menu to scroll all the way down to see if windows entries are there, correct? If you are seeing a boot menu, they should be there. The default behavior for grub2 with more than one operating system detected is to show the boot menu.
 
Old 05-29-2014, 11:02 AM   #13
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Colorpurple21859, I followed your recommendations. I commented out the last adjust timeout. No dual menu appears. I only see a brief blue HP splash screen that gives me the options of HP recovery or to change the boot sequence (HDD versus DVD drive, etc).

Here's the information listed after I input sudo update-grub.


xam200@xam200-EX269AA-ABA-a1514n:~$ sudo update-grub
[sudo] password for xam200:
Generating grub.cfg ...
Found theme: /boot/grub/themes/Zorin/theme.txt
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.0-22-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.11.0-22-generic
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.0-20-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.11.0-20-generic
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.11.0-17-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.11.0-17-generic
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin
Found Windows XP Media Center Edition on /dev/sda1
Found Windows NT/2000/XP on /dev/sda2
done

I would appreciate any ideas you have. Thank you!

xam200
 
Old 05-29-2014, 11:36 AM   #14
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Yancek, the numerous odd entries are probably due to the original disk Seller trying to help me achieve a dual boot menu (my holly grail). He probably had limited knowledge.

As you see, I listed my grub.cfg information as feedback for Colorpurple21859. Maybe it helps - I don't know.

Are you willing to go forward with my dual boot problem? I realize I'm taking up alot of forum (and your) time as well.

Thanks!

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If you're not seeing grub at start grub menu is hidden.
cat /etc/default/grub.
Also I believe that you can show grub at startup by holding shift key.

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