Installed lubunto core, went OK, but no grub menu now

Aere Greenway Aere at
Wed Oct 31 17:27:13 UTC 2012


I have been noticing in recent Linux installs (mostly Lubuntu), that the
installer is making bad assumptions on which device to install GRUB

Having been burned by GRUB being installed on the wrong device before, I
watch closely where it's intending to install GRUB, and change it to
what it needs to be.  

In the past (years ago), the assumptions on where to install GRUB were
so reliable that I didn't even look at this, but now, I watch it

I almost always do manual partitioning, where I have the choice of where
to install GRUB.  I don't know if the other installation options give
you that same choice.  

- Aere

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Green <cl at>
To: lubuntu-users at
Subject: Re: Installed lubunto core, went OK, but no grub menu now
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:11:47 +0000

On Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 10:03:44AM +0000, Chris Green wrote:
> I have just installed lubuntu core on an acer-aspire laptop.  There was
> an existing Windows XP installation on the laptop.
> Everything went very smoothly, no problems at all, the installation did
> the expected change of the Windows XP partition size to make space for
> the lubuntu install and eveything completed as expected.
> However when I reboot the system I still just get the Windows boot
> sequence, no sign of a Grub menu at all.  I did answer 'y' to the
> installation question about letting grub take over the boot.
> There's no data of importance on the system so I can just start again if
> necessary but it takes a *long* time to do the XP install so I'd prefer
> to fix this if I can.  (I do want dual boot as I occasionally need a
> real XP for times when XP in VirtualBox doesn't quite work).
Um, a little bit further.  If I plug the USB stick I installed from back
in and then boot (with boot from USB) then the grub menu appears, it
seems that I have the grub menu on the USB stick!  (Yes, it really is
the 'installed' one as it has the Windows XP installation as one of its

However the lubuntu option in grub doesn't work, I just get a black
screen if I select it.  System is up and running, I can ping it from
other systems on my LAN.

Chris Green



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