Magically Fixed: Re: Stupid Dual Boot Slightly OT question

NoOp glgxg at
Mon Jun 14 16:02:50 UTC 2010

On 06/14/2010 08:17 AM, J wrote:
> Thanks for the suggestions... magically, and mysteriously, Windows
> will now boot (and don't ask, because I have no idea.  It just started
> working... maybe she had hibernated it instead of shutting down and
> the resize screwed that up or something... I have no idea...)
> And yea, I am quite surprised.  I still wish they'd waited until I
> could get down there to walk them through it, BUT if my incredibly
> computer challenged mom (think "Hey, my computer has a cup holder"
> challenged) can install and get Ubuntu 10.04 running on her own, I am
> just in awe... I really am.
> Frans, thanks for the link to that forum post.  I don't think that was
> the issue in this case, but I'll keep that link on hand for future
> reference (they have two laptops, and one now sports Lucid Lynx, so
> we'll see what happens) :-)

Added suggestion; back in Feb, Tom H, came up with a really cool way to
get rid of the unneeded extra Win7 entries in the grub2 menu. I
implemented on my laptop & that's survived adding/removing partitions,
updating from karmic to lucid on one partition, etc., etc. Give it a try
as it could be that your mum was selecting the wrong Win7 menu entry.
Info is here:
and I'll add again here as I think that Tom's solution should be a
standard install script option :-)

> I have been looking at /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober and I think that I
> have found a solution to your update-grub recovery problem.
> Back up /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober, make the following change, and run update-grub
> Add
> ***begin
> # Begin WinRecov removal
> if [ "$LONGNAME" = "Windows Vista (loader)" ] ; then
> continue
> fi
> # End WinRecov removal
> ***end
> between
> ***begin
> if [ -z "${LONGNAME}" ] ; then
> fi
> ***end
> and
> ***begin
> echo "Found ${LONGNAME} on ${DEVICE}" >&2
> ***end

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