vista with xubuntu+dual boot

Steve Flynn anothermindbomb at
Tue Nov 25 14:04:25 UTC 2008

On Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 1:46 PM, Donny George <donny008 at> wrote:

> during the installation of the xubuntu the partioner had detected my ntfs
> files. and even the gparted does detect my ntfs partitions though its shows
> an red exclamation mark on the primary vista partition.

I cannot say what the red "!" means (as I'm not around an Ubuntu
machine or have access to gparted man pages) but I assume it's
something along the lines of overlapping partitions or something
similar which needs to be sorted out at some stage. Someone else will
have to give you advice on this as I'd be working blind.

> the grub/menu.lst has only options for ubuntu and ubuntu recovery mode and
> ubunu memtest86
> the partition is as follows
> sda1 ntfs 35 gb

sda1 is your primary Vista partition? Could you clarify please.

> sda2 ntfs 15 gb

sda2 is a data partition perhaps? Cold you also clarify this.

> sda5 swap 1 gb
> sda6 exts 18 gb
> i happened to come across a post which modifies the grub/menu.lst to get the
> grub with vista option

All you should need to do is insert a stanza for your Vista partition
- to do this we need to know which of the two ntfs partitions listed
above (sda1, sda2) is your actual Vista partition. Clarify that and we
should be able to give you a cut 'n' paste entry for your menu.lst
file, you can then run an grub update and pot the output from the
update to ensure it looks ok... and you're good to go.

> thanks for ur help

No worries - jsut tell us which partition is Vista and we'll knock up
a Windows stanza for you.

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