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Old 05-30-2009, 07:58 AM   #1
Midnight Vampire
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Howto boot ntldr using grub (booting Windows XP problem)


Good day for all!

I had Windows XP on my SATA HDD (I have only one HDD).
Bootloader (ntldr) was on the first primary active partition
/Windows was on the logical partition
All was working fine.

Then I have copied ntldr, ntdetect.com and boot.ini from first partition to logical partition with Windows, then converted logical partition with /Windows to primary and made it active.
After this I formatted first partition and installed Ubuntu Linux with grub on it.

So, now I have:

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1783 1913 1052257+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda2 1914 9729 62781988+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 * 1 1782 14313883+ 83 Linux

NTFS partition is primary, active and contains boot.ini, ntdetect.com, ntldr, bootfont.bin (I have copied these files from another partition)

Grub settings:
menu.lst:

title Win2
rootnoverify (hd0,1)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader /ntldr

title Windows
find --set-root /ntldr
chainloader /ntldr

title=Win3
rootnoverify (hd0,1)
chainloader +1

title Win21
rootnoverify (hd0,2)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader /ntldr

title=Win31
rootnoverify (hd0,2)
chainloader +1


But I can't load Windows using each of these menu paragraph...

All I have are:

Starting up... and nothing (only blinking cursor)
or Error 15 file not found
or Error 17 cannot mount selected partition

Have You any ideas?
Thank You in advance.
 
Old 05-30-2009, 10:08 AM   #2
yancek
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Your fdisk output does not show xp partition as active, sda3 is marked as active as denoted by the asterisk (*). You need to change this. Your first partition is a swap partition and your third partition (sda3) is your LInux partition.

Your entry for xp should be:

rootnoverify (hd0,1)
chainloader +1

This assumes you have Grub stage1 file installed to the mbr and pointing to the remaining Grub files on (hd0,2).
 
Old 05-30-2009, 05:19 PM   #3
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sda3 - it is my first partition, not third, see fdisk listing (Start and End)
 
Old 12-10-2009, 01:40 PM   #4
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I also have same problem

Please help me get window XP again. I am a beginer in linux.

Some information

Output of 'sudo fdisk -l'

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xf54df54d

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 3824 30716248+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 3825 19457 125572072+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 3825 7648 30716248+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6 7649 12747 40957686 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda7 12748 17846 40957686 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda8 17847 18629 6289416 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda9 18630 18642 104391 83 Linux
/dev/sda10 18643 19415 6209091 83 Linux
/dev/sda11 19416 19457 337333+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris



# 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 0

## 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=dd4eda84-ca6e-4a90-8dda-df81dda8fcde ro

## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=dd4eda84-ca6e-4a90-8dda-df81dda8fcde

## 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

## 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 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic
uuid dd4eda84-ca6e-4a90-8dda-df81dda8fcde
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=UUID=dd4eda84-ca6e-4a90-8dda-df81dda8fcde ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic
quiet

title Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic (recovery mode)
uuid dd4eda84-ca6e-4a90-8dda-df81dda8fcde
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=UUID=dd4eda84-ca6e-4a90-8dda-df81dda8fcde ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic

title Ubuntu 8.10, memtest86+
uuid dd4eda84-ca6e-4a90-8dda-df81dda8fcde
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

# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sda1
title Windows NT/2000/XP (loader)
root (hd0,0)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader +1
 
  


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