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Old 12-10-2009, 11:41 PM   #1
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Question Jolicloud installation seems to have wiped out existing Ubuntu installation

I have an old Dell Latitude D600 running Windows XP Pro. A couple of days ago, I installed Ubuntu on it using the Windows installer, so that I could choose between Ubuntu and XP at boot time. That's been working great.

Today, I read about Jolicloud and decided to try it. I assumed (bad move!) that it would add itself to my list of choices at boot time, so that I could choose between Ubuntu, XP, and Jolicloud.

Well, instead, I can now choose between Jolicloud and XP. Ubuntu has vanished from the boot menu.

Is my Ubuntu installation gone? Or is simply a GRUB issue? Or an MBR issue? Is there any way for me to get back to my Ubuntu installation??? I had important work on there that I would like to recover!

Any advice?

Old 12-11-2009, 07:57 AM   #2
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It seems that the Jolicloud installer REPLACED my Ubuntu entry in boot.ini with its own Jolicloud entry. And, I'm assuming, it overwrote the Ubuntu wubildr and wubildr.mbr files in C:\ with its own.

I first tried editing the Windows C:\boot.ini file to add an Ubuntu entry pointing directly at C:\ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr, but that still booted to Jolicloud.

I was able to boot my original Ubuntu installation by copying wubildr and wubildr.mbr from C:\ubuntu\winboot to C:\, replacing the ones that Jolicloud had put there.

I'd like to have all three as options, but I'm relieved to at least have access to Ubuntu again. If you can tell me how to put a path in boot.ini that works (maybe it needed to be in Linux format, rather than Windows format?), that would be nice.



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