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ingeer 06-20-2008 01:12 AM

Book "UBUNTU LINUX for DUMMIES'
 
From the book 'UBUNTU LINUX for DUMMIES' I defragged my C: drive, partitioned and loaded UBUNTU - V6.10. This runs great!!!
However the book made no mentioned as to how I can access my XP at bootup, and I need to get to some programs in XP.
Any ideas??

Nylex 06-20-2008 01:59 AM

You'll need to add an entry for Windows to your GRUB config file. Do a search (as in web, not just LQ), as there are many threads on this.

Also, in future please use thread titles that say something about the problem you're having.

Duck2006 06-20-2008 08:43 AM

http://users.bigpond.net.au/hermanzone/p15.htm

boomerz17 06-20-2008 09:46 AM

You need to edit the menu settings for your GRUB boot loader
 
You have installed Linux on an existing Windows XP system to create a "dual-boot" Windows and Linux system.

Normally, when you install Ubuntu Linux on a Windows system - or any version of Linux - and you boot your system up, you get a menu that shows a "Microsoft Windows XP" (or a similar heading) - as well as one or more headings that allow you to go into Linux - so you can select the Windows heading and go into Windows - but this didn't happen for you.

You need to edit your GRUB boot loader settings and add a menu heading (and some other info) so you can select this heading at boot-up to go into Windows.

The general steps to edit GRUB and add a Windows heading are:

1. After booting and before Linux starts, press "e" to start editing your GRUB settings.

2. Add a heading for Windows and the info needed to boot into your version of Windows.

3. Save your modified GRUB settings and reboot - at this point, you should see the new menu heading and be able to select it to go into Windows.

To get more info on how to to above, see the link below, which is part of the description posted by Duck2006 earlier.

http://users.bigpond.net.au/hermanzone/p15.htm#gui

To learn more about how to use Linux and how to use Linux commands in several Linux distros (versions) just go to:

http://www.iLearnLinux.com/Linux-Commands/

and have a look at the free sample Linux Training video tutorials.

I hope this helped!

Clyde Boom, http://www.iLearnLinux.com
ClydeBoom@iLearnLinux.com
The Easy Linux Training Guy ;)

IndyGunFreak 06-22-2008 04:03 PM

6.10 is kinda old, why did you bother paying for a book, its already past its end of life date...
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

Your best bet would be to download/burn 8.04 and start over, because you're gonna start running into closed repositories, etc when trying to install things.

IGF

ingeer 07-03-2008 10:59 PM

G'Day IndyGunFreak,

1. 6.10 came with what I thought was a definitive text - I often spend 5 hours on a plane, plus an hour waiting (and same times to return - Melbourne to Auckland and/or Melbourne to Perth). I thought I would be able to upgrade after I learnt about Ubuntu!!!!

2. 6.10 won't recognise any of the commands listed in the posts - is grub a distro which was produced after 6.10?

3. Bottom line, how do I un-install 6.10? - I can then start again, from scratch.

Regards,

Ingeer.

IndyGunFreak 07-04-2008 06:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ingeer (Post 3203514)
G'Day IndyGunFreak,

1. 6.10 came with what I thought was a definitive text - I often spend 5 hours on a plane, plus an hour waiting (and same times to return - Melbourne to Auckland and/or Melbourne to Perth). I thought I would be able to upgrade after I learnt about Ubuntu!!!!

2. 6.10 won't recognise any of the commands listed in the posts - is grub a distro which was produced after 6.10?

3. Bottom line, how do I un-install 6.10? - I can then start again, from scratch.

Regards,

Ingeer.

The reason you can't upgrade, commands don't work, etc , is because as I said earlier, this distribution is no longer supported. The official repositories for it are closed, and most of the unofficial repositories for it are closed. Once you get an Ubuntu that is supported.. 8.04 is current, you shouldn't have to many problems, and a majority of the commands in the book will work.

Getting to your Windows install.. as long as you didn't delete it while installing Edgy, when booting up, you should very briefly see a message that says, "Press esc to see menu" or something like that. That menu is your Grub menu, it just basically lets you choose which OS to boot. When you see the menu, is Windows in the list?.. if it is, just select it. If you see the menu I'm talking about, and Windows XP is not in the list, please open a terminal.. (Applications Menu/Accessories/Terminal) and type "df" w/o quotes, hit enter, and post the output.

You don't really "uninstall" Linux.. as long as your Windows installation is still present, you can boot a CD, and delete your Linux partition.

ingeer 07-05-2008 12:58 AM

G'Day IndyGunFreak,

Thanks for the prompt response.

Screen:

Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hdal 37017868 1884112 33253352 6% /
varrun 249468 80 249380 1% /var/run
varlock 249468 0 249460 8% /var/lock
procbususb 18240 136 10104 2% /proc/bus/usb
udev 10240 136 10104 2% /dev
devshm 249460 0 249460 0% /dev/shm
lrm 249460 17580 213880 8% /lib/modules/2.6.17-10generic/volatile

So mich to learn - so little time........

Thanks,

Ingeer.

Micro420 07-06-2008 09:14 AM

1) when it says BOOTING GRUB IN X seconds ..., press a button to interrupt
2) press 'c' to go to command line
3) type:
Code:

rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

If that doesn't work, repeat, but replace the "x" with a number from 0-9. Mostly likely it will be 0 or 1.
Code:

rootnoverify (hd0,x)
Of course this is assuming that you did not accidentally wipe out your Windows partition. Normally Ubuntu is pretty good about finding your Windows partition and creating the Windows entry in GRUB. You might be screwed, buddy. WHen in the command-line, type:
Code:

fdisk -l
You should see a /dev/hdx with an NTFS partition. If not, then you really did wipe out your Windows partition.

IndyGunFreak 07-06-2008 01:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Micro420 (Post 3205558)
You should see a /dev/hdx with an NTFS partition. If not, then you really did wipe out your Windows partition.

Im almost positive thats what he did...

IGF


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