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Old 06-20-2006, 05:57 PM   #1
Johnny Faster
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How to Change Grub Boot Order


I recently installed Ubuntu 6.06 and let it do the whole install automatically on my SATA drive.

Grub was installed, and the Ubuntu options were listed first in the boot options, but I only "play" with Ubuntu and XP is what I use to get work done.

Can I change the boot order from Windows ? If so, how ?

If not, how do I do it from Ubuntu (without an avanced degree).

Thanks,

Johnny
 
Old 06-20-2006, 06:03 PM   #2
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You won't be able to change it from Windows. To change it from inside Ubuntu, edit the file /boot/grub/menu.lst. There will be a line that says
Code:
default 0
Simply change '0' to the number of your Windows install. For example, if your grub has three entries and Windows is the third, change default to 2 (0 is the first entry, not 1).
 
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Old 06-20-2006, 06:30 PM   #3
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Thanks !

I read that answer elsewhere, but was hoping for Windows access. BTW,

Quote:
"To do is to be" - Descartes
"To be is to do" - Voltaire
"Do be do be do" - Frank Sinatra
is one of my favorits.
 
Old 06-20-2006, 08:38 PM   #4
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How to Edit ?

I found the menu.lst file, but the text editor wouldnt modify it; it was "read only".

What application do you use to modify the menu.lst file ?

Thanks,


Johnny
 
Old 06-20-2006, 08:47 PM   #5
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You need root - try "sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst" from a terminal session.
Enter your password when asked.
Standard fullscreen editor.
 
Old 06-20-2006, 09:02 PM   #6
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https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Gr...hangeDefaultOS
 
Old 06-20-2006, 09:06 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Johnny Faster
I read that answer elsewhere, but was hoping for Windows access.
You won't be able to. Windows is unable to read Linux file systems.

I understand that there are 3rd party utilities to enable Windows to access an ext3 file system, but I don't know how reliable they are.

--Ian
PS: I think the best way to learn Linux is to avoid using Windows where possible, and find out how to get Linux to do what you want.
 
Old 06-20-2006, 10:22 PM   #8
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I've had no problems using http://www.fs-driver.org to read/write Ext3 from Windows XP.
 
Old 06-21-2006, 04:22 AM   #9
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Success !

After 4 tries I managed to hit the right O/S, so now XP Pro is the default. I wake up & turn on the computer 1st thing to check e-mail, before even my coffee, so I not in any shape to sit there and watch for the Grub to appear and select XP instead of Ubuntu.

So my morings are a little smoother now.



Thanks for the help & advice, especially Syg00 for the exact command. Worked just fine.

The menu.lst file looks interesting, so I've started a thread asking about what else is in there and what it is for.

aysiu, I installed the program from the link (Ext2IFS_1_10b) and installed, but I have no idea what to do next. I wanted to play with Linux from Windows but I managed to run the linux commands. But I would like to start learning this other program. How does it work ?

I can tell this might be an entire thread, so if the answer is complicated, I'll start one rather than letting this thread get way off topic.
 
Old 06-21-2006, 04:46 AM   #10
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It's a filesystem driver so windows will be able to see the linux partition and assign it a drive letter.
Take a look at the FAQ for help on how to set what drive letter windows uses. Other than setting the drive letter you don't need to do anything to get it to work. It's just like having a FAT32 partition but with large file support.
 
Old 05-15-2008, 02:14 PM   #11
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this helped out a loot the command gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst is whats needed in fedora 9. i tried just going through to the file in the file system, and when i opened it up there was nothing there. but after opening terminal and used the gedit command it opened the file where i could edit it. thanks guys.
 
Old 10-13-2008, 01:14 PM   #12
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u need to be root to edit "/boot/grub/menu.lst".so u wont be able to see it(in some distro u can)and u cant modify it.so before editing be sure that you are su.
 
Old 05-30-2009, 08:30 AM   #13
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Thank you

Thank you to all who contributed. This thread answered my question completely and simply so that even a newbie could resolve the issue.
 
Old 02-03-2010, 08:45 PM   #14
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Thumbs up How to change GRUB boot order

When trying to figure out how to change the GRUB boot order I saw many, many answers to that question. Here is the easiest solution to that question.

Open your terminal and type in --- sudo apt-get install startupmanager

That's it folks. When that's done installing go to your control panel and you'll have a new icon for Startup Manager. All the settings you'll need are there.
 
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When trying to figure out how to change the GRUB boot order I saw many, many answers to that question. Here is the easiest solution to that question.

Open your terminal and type in --- sudo apt-get install startupmanager

That's it folks. When that's done installing go to your control panel and you'll have a new icon for Startup Manager. All the settings you'll need are there.
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