Bootloader Problem

Kevin Chan kefin at
Tue Sep 28 00:00:11 UTC 2004

No, that wasn't the problem on my machine. I edited the menu.lst so the 
grub would use a splashscreen (from gentoo) and my menu had gentoo and 
Windows XP in addition to the Ubuntu variants. The problem was that 
trying to boot Windows XP didn't do anything. On my machine, it just 
fails and I get dumped back into to the grub menu.

BTW, to unhide the menu in grub, I think all you have to do is edit the 
menu.lst file and uncomment the "hiddenmenu" option. You can also set 
the timeout value to more than a few seconds (I think Ubuntu sets it to 
3 or something like that).


On Sep 27, 2004, at 4:46 PM, David wrote:

> On Mon, 27 Sep 2004, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
>> On Mon, Sep 27, 2004 at 03:37:28PM -0700, Kevin Chan wrote:
>>>>>> A nifty little problem caused by the installation of ubuntu is 
>>>>>> that
>>>>>> GRUB>>can't boot Win2k  anymore.
>>> I had the same problem after installing Ubuntu. I had to stick in the
>>> Windows XP install CD, go to Recovery mode and do "fixboot" and 
>>> "fixmbr."
>>> After that I had to re-install grub. I happen to have gentoo already
>>> installed on one of my other drives, so I popped in the gentoo 
>>> livecd and
>>> installed grub from there. I edited the grub.conf (or menu.lst on 
>>> Ubuntu's
>>> /boot/grub directory) and everything's been working OK.
>> installing grub in the first place broke things, but 
>> installing it
>> the second time was OK?  Did you use a different version of grub the 
>> second
>> time?
> Is the problem caused by GRUB hiding the boot menu? If so, all you 
> have to
> do is hit the ESC key as GRUB loads. Windows magically appears.
> In my view, this is a bug.
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