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Old 03-07-2011, 03:17 AM   #1
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Dual-boot upgraded from Ubuntu 8.04 to 10.04 now GRUB can't find Linux-- XP good.

I apologize for this being somewhat vague but it happened several months ago and I don't currently have access to the laptop. But here goes anyway:

Perfectly working dual-boot system with XP and Ubuntu 8.04. I also think I had installed a different boot loader (or maybe just a GRUB editor?). This was several years ago. I upgraded Ubuntu to 10.04 and I remember it asking me if I wanted to overwrite probably menu.lst. I said no when I should have said yes and now XP still loads fine but neither version of Ubuntu will load at all. I wish I had access to the machine so I could say what the error message is, but I don't and I forget.

So I expect that menu.lst is just pointing to the wrong place but I'm not sure how to fix it. Can I boot from a live CD and edit menu.lst? Just thought about that.

No biggie but I cannot screw up the XP aspect since that's major drama.

Any suggestions? Again, terribly sorry for being so detail-deprived.

Great forum BTW!
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If you've nothing valuable on the Ubuntu install (and you can't access it or haven't for several months, so that seems a reasonable statement)why don't you just do a reinstall? If you have vital data, you could move it using the Live CD then put it back whan finished.


I like the look of EDDY1's solution though, I need to recover a system I've just put CENTOS 5 on so I can pick up my Ubuntu 10.10 and Fdora 15 partitions. Cheers! ED.

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