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boomh4u3r 08-16-2007 07:02 AM

Tri Boot system isn't for me
Ok.Here's my dilemma......

I had XP first on my pc....I got a 2nd hard drive and wanted to tryout Ubuntu...So I installed it....

Trying to install flash,I found out I probably should have gotten the other version of Ubuntu (non amd64)

I was told to get the regular version and it would install over the amd64 version...

So I did that....Now when i reboot.I have the option to go to 2 versions of Ubuntu or XP.....

I want to clear this up,but I don't wanna "break" my pc. Whats the best way to remove the version of Linux I don't want?

Okie 08-16-2007 07:08 AM

edit the menu.1st file in /boot/grub pay careful attention! do not remove what you want to keep in the entries - down at the bottom of the file is where you will find them...

boomh4u3r 08-16-2007 07:13 AM

ok..Do I boot to the version i want to keep and than edit the menu you mentioned?

boomh4u3r 08-16-2007 07:25 AM

ok..i went to do that and it said i don't have the permissions to save this file?

Okie 08-16-2007 07:46 AM

you need to run sudo gedit or sudo mousepad or sudo kwrite to get a text editor with root (superuser) access...

pixellany 08-16-2007 07:46 AM

You have to have root privileges to edit that file. Easiest way: In a terminal, enter "sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst"

If you have your root account enabled, just do "su" to become root, then same command without the "sudo".

boomh4u3r 08-16-2007 07:59 AM

Ok Great..that worked.Thanks!

Now,since the version I don't want isn't showing up for me to boot's un installed?

pixellany 08-16-2007 08:07 AM

If you installed "over" the other version, then the other one is gone. Is it possible that the new install simply created the options you referred to in menu.lst? (eg did you install a bootloader during the newest install?)

If you look in /boot, you may see 2 or more kernel options, plus memtest. You can edit menu.lst to include ano or all of these.

To help be sure what is on you disk, run "fdisk -l" (probably also needs sudo or su)

boomh4u3r 08-16-2007 08:21 AM


fdisk /dev/hda

unable to open

looked in /boot and theres only one memtest

pixellany 08-16-2007 08:31 AM

sudo fdisk -l (ell, not one)


looked in /boot and theres only one memtest
That's all I would expect. My point was that there might be more than one kernel (vmlinuz...)

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