Grub problem since update [solved]

Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at
Thu Dec 17 17:44:38 UTC 2015

On 12/17/2015 10:48 AM, Nils Kassube wrote:
> Jim Byrnes wrote:
>> Yesterday I accepted some software updates to  Ubuntu 12.04, one of
>> them was to grub. Now the grub menu I normally see is gone.  From
>> memory what I used to see is:
>> Ubuntu        # this is ubuntu 14.04
>> Ubuntu advanced
>> *Ubuntu 12.04     # this was the default
>> other options including memtest
>> Now, again from memory, I see:
>> ubuntu
>> previous ubuntu
>> ubuntu with linux generic ...
>> memtest
>> Memtest is now the default.  If I select the very first entry I am
>> booted to 12.04.
> To me it looks like you had installed grub to the MBR with both 14.04
> and 12.04. IIRC, the grub update reinstalled the boot loader which
> replaced the 14.04 menu with the 12.04 menu. I would suggest you boot
> into 14.04 and install the updates there as well. If the grub update
> really replaces the boot loader, you should now have the old 14.04 menu
> back.
> Nils

Thanks Nils, that seems to be the problem.  I followed your advice and 
now the menu is back to what it was before the update.

I was in a hurry this morning when I had this problem.  If I had thought 
about it a little more I would have mentioned that 12.04 and 14.04 are 
on separate physical disks, maybe that would have made the problem clearer.

Regards,  Jim

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