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Old 08-27-2009, 05:25 AM   #1
mahfuz05
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Boot loader not loading Xp


after installing Xp i recover boot loader. but it not boot Xp. it seen Xp but not going to it.
only load Ubunto (9.04)

here is my grub loder file


# menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
# grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
# grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
# and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.

## default num
# Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
# the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
#
# You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
# is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
# WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not use 'savedefault' or your
# array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
default 4

## timeout sec
# Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
# (normally the first entry defined).
timeout 10

## hiddenmenu
# Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
#hiddenmenu

# Pretty colours
#color cyan/blue white/blue

## password ['--md5'] passwd
# If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
# control (menu entry editor and command-line) and entries protected by the
# command 'lock'
# e.g. password topsecret
# password --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
# password topsecret

#
# examples
#
# title Windows 95/98/NT/2000
# root (hd0,0)
# makeactive
# chainloader +1
#
# title Linux
# root (hd0,1)
# kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
#

#
# Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST







### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below

## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs

## ## Start Default Options ##
## default kernel options
## default kernel options for automagic boot options
## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
## kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
## kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
# kopt=root=UUID=2682ac42-c932-4931-8481-bb00b8c645e6 ro

## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=2682ac42-c932-4931-8481-bb00b8c645e6

## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. alternative=true
## alternative=false
# alternative=true

## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. lockalternative=true
## lockalternative=false
# lockalternative=false

## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
## alternatives
## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
# defoptions=quiet splash

## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
## e.g. lockold=false
## lockold=true
# lockold=false

## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenhopt=

## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenkopt=console=tty0

## altoption boot targets option
## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
## altoptions=(recovery) single
# altoptions=(recovery mode) single

## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
## alternative kernel options
## e.g. howmany=all
## howmany=7
# howmany=all

## specify if running in Xen domU or have grub detect automatically
## update-grub will ignore non-xen kernels when running in domU and vice versa
## e.g. indomU=detect
## indomU=true
## indomU=false
# indomU=detect

## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
## e.g. memtest86=true
## memtest86=false
# memtest86=true

## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
## can be true or false
# updatedefaultentry=false

## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
## can be true or false
# savedefault=false

## ## End Default Options ##

title Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-11-generic
uuid 2682ac42-c932-4931-8481-bb00b8c645e6
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=UUID=2682ac42-c932-4931-8481-bb00b8c645e6 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic
quiet

title Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-11-generic (recovery mode)
uuid 2682ac42-c932-4931-8481-bb00b8c645e6
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=UUID=2682ac42-c932-4931-8481-bb00b8c645e6 ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic

title Ubuntu 9.04, memtest86+
uuid 2682ac42-c932-4931-8481-bb00b8c645e6
kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin
quiet

### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
# This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
# ones.
title Other operating systems:
#root
root (hd0,0)

# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS

#on /dev/sda1
title Microsoft Windows XP Professional

rootnoverify (hd0,0)
savedefault
chainloader +1
 
Old 08-27-2009, 05:36 AM   #2
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does the grub give any error..try adding makeactive to the menu.lst file
Code:
title Microsoft Windows XP Professional
rootnoverify	(hd0,0)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader	+1
 
Old 08-28-2009, 12:02 AM   #3
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well its not showing any error.when i click Xp it shows Loading . then redirect to
boot loader again.
 
Old 08-28-2009, 03:00 AM   #4
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post output of
Code:
fdisk -l
 
Old 08-28-2009, 05:32 AM   #5
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It sounds like ntldr is not getting found. This happened to me when I installed Ubuntu 9.04. The problem was:

1. Linux kernel sees hard drive geometry different than what is in BIOS

2. Partitioner (gparted) takes the geometry from kernel and writes it to BIOS.

3. Windows keeps geometry information (original) in its boot sector can't find ntldr with the new geometry of the hard drive.

But you say you reinstalled XP after Ubuntu, right? So that is not your problem, because reinstalling Windows fixed that problem for me.

I had to recover grub (boot loader) too. How did you do that?
 
Old 08-28-2009, 12:36 PM   #6
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It sounds like ntldr is not getting found. This happened to me when I installed Ubuntu 9.04. The problem was:

1. Linux kernel sees hard drive geometry different than what is in BIOS

2. Partitioner (gparted) takes the geometry from kernel and writes it to BIOS.

3. Windows keeps geometry information (original) in its boot sector can't find ntldr with the new geometry of the hard drive.

But you say you reinstalled XP after Ubuntu, right? So that is not your problem, because reinstalling Windows fixed that problem for me.

I had to recover grub (boot loader) too. How did you do that?
Ad 2 How did you discover that gparted write something to the BIOS ?
Just imagine that this true reloading the original BIOS setting solve the
problem of booting windows and make it for linux impossible to boot

Reinstalling GRUB is not a problem , there are several ways to do so time use you're search engine.

Last edited by ronlau9; 08-28-2009 at 12:38 PM.
 
Old 08-28-2009, 02:22 PM   #7
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Ad 2 How did you discover that gparted write something to the BIOS ?
Just imagine that this true reloading the original BIOS setting solve the
problem of booting windows and make it for linux impossible to boot

Reinstalling GRUB is not a problem , there are several ways to do so time use you're search engine.
This problem first started happening in 2005. I wrote about it with some links to the bug reports. A few years later it happened to me with a laptop. Then it happened again recently with the Toshiba netbook

http://linuxbasics.org/tutorials/dur...e_windows_boot

I know a few ways to restore grub after installing windows. I wanted to make sure that the original poster did in fact install Windows after partitioning and installing Ubuntu and I was curious which method was used to restore grub to see if that had something to do with the problem.

It could be that the reinstall of windows did not fix it. I think some people had to run fixmbr and fixboot twice to fix.
 
Old 08-28-2009, 02:25 PM   #8
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Do you have a Windows XP install CD? If so, try using it to run fixmbr and fixboot. That might help.

This tells you how to get to the recovery console on that CD: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058
 
Old 08-28-2009, 02:35 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by ajlewis2 View Post
This problem first started happening in 2005. I wrote about it with some links to the bug reports. A few years later it happened to me with a laptop. Then it happened again recently with the Toshiba netbook

http://linuxbasics.org/tutorials/dur...e_windows_boot

I know a few ways to restore grub after installing windows. I wanted to make sure that the original poster did in fact install Windows after partitioning and installing Ubuntu and I was curious which method was used to restore grub to see if that had something to do with the problem.

It could be that the reinstall of windows did not fix it. I think some people had to run fixmbr and fixboot twice to fix.
I do not dual boot with windows any more , but I did it for many years , with a lot linux flavours with no problem what so ever.
But you know as windows user that you can use boot.ini to boot linux so you do not need to install GRUB in you're master boot record .

Last edited by ronlau9; 08-28-2009 at 02:37 PM.
 
Old 08-29-2009, 03:55 AM   #10
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thanks every one. problem solved.
 
Old 08-29-2009, 05:24 AM   #11
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thanks every one. problem solved.
How did you solve it?
 
Old 08-29-2009, 06:32 AM   #12
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Please mark it solved with your thread tools option.
 
Old 08-31-2009, 06:41 PM   #13
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the problem is due to installation problem.
 
  


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