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Old 10-27-2006, 05:46 PM   #1
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GRUB wont boot win2k

hello all,

i am really at the end of my knowledge: i got a win98/ubuntu double boot system wish perfectly worked on two different thinkpads. i plugged the harddisk into my new (used) dell latitude l400 and grub would now only boot ubuntu. i tried different grub-options, ms-sys to reinstall the dos bootsector, but nothing worked. in the end i plugged the disc back into the thinkpad, installed win2k instead of 98, and again the double-boot works. plugging the disc back into the dell - it fails. might there be some problem with the bios or something? fdisk -l says:

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 810 6123568+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2 811 850 302400 5 Extended
/dev/hda3 851 1559 5360040 83 Linux
/dev/hda5 811 850 302368+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

and the relevant part of the menu.lst is:

splashimage (hd0,2)/boot/grub/splashimages/gentleblue.xpm.gz

title Ubuntu
root (hd0,2)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-23-server root=/dev/hda3 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.15-23-server

title Win2k
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

OK, i am hoping that someone of you might come up with a solution, otherwise i will have to throw this thing out of the window

thanks a lot,


PS: btw, i also tried LILO, which wont boot win2k either. when i install it to the MBR it warns:

Warning: '/proc/partitions' does not match '/dev' directory structure.
Name change: '/dev/dm-0' -> '/dev/evms/hda1'

i was not brave enough to try to fix the table with lilo. but maybe thats the origin of my problems?
Old 10-28-2006, 10:46 AM   #2
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edit removed first question

2) which tool did you use to resize your partitions to put linux on it?

3) in the meantime, you can always use a live cd or maybe ubuntu in recovery mode to get to a terminal to reload grub into mbr if you only have one drive in the laptop.

commands are....assuming only one drive
root (hd0,2)
setup (hd0)

Last edited by aus9; 10-28-2006 at 07:58 PM.


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