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Old 07-26-2005, 10:48 AM   #1
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XP doesn't recognize Ubuntu, Ubuntu installed first.

Here's the deal. I installed Ubuntu first after getting a new HD, and Ubuntu did the partitioning. Then I installed XP and never heard from the Ubuntu partition again. Other forums say use Explore2fs, but that doesn't work with the ReiserFS that Ubuntu is on. How do I get the option to boot either OS at startup?
Old 07-26-2005, 10:59 AM   #2
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Bootloader problem. That's why people always say to install windows first, then linux. Linux is smart and sees windows, but not the other way around.
Re-install... I guess.
Old 07-26-2005, 11:00 AM   #3
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Maybe there's a rescue disk or something for Ubuntu, so you can just use that to reinstall the bootloader instead of starting from scratch. I hear you can use Windows' bootloader to boot a Linux OS too, but I don't know how.
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You could always boot up a live CD distro, or something along those lines and just reinstall the linux boot-loader... or you can fish around MS's website and try to find out how to edit the XP bootloader so it gives an option for linux.
Old 06-20-2006, 04:28 PM   #5
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i wrote a really useful reply, but refused the link i posted and lost everything i typed. so tough, you're on your own. grrrrrrr
Old 06-20-2006, 05:16 PM   #6
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wonder if i have the required three posts yet for submitting a url?


Old 06-20-2006, 05:17 PM   #7
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maybe now....

this is what i was going to post:

though i'm not repeating my synopsis
Old 06-20-2006, 05:41 PM   #8
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There have been a lot of threads about this kind of issue, particularly recently. Try searching the forum for "reinstall grub".
Old 06-21-2006, 01:34 AM   #9
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i had a similar problem whilst installing Kanotix on a desktop.

installed Kanotix first, then WinXP. Bootloader kept loading XP automatically.

there are a lot of threads about altering Grub or MBR to fix this up, but i found

the easiest way was to install Kanotix again.
Old 06-21-2006, 03:58 AM   #10
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i tried the new ubuntu 6.06 boot cd, but couldn't get it to do what I wanted.
i used knoppix 4 in the end

- boot: "knoppix 2"
gives just a shell (quicker)
- it had already put hda1 in fstab (linux was hda1, xp hda2)
so "mount /mnt/hda1" worked
- cd /mnt/hda1
- had a quick look to see if the files were there (ls)
- from that dir ran:
sbin/grub-install --root-directory=. /dev/dha
which worked with some errors
- rebooted from hdd (yay linux)
- edited /boot/grub/menu.lst to add windows
- re-ran "grub-install /dev/hda"


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