[xubuntu-users] Fixing GRUB After A Windows Installation and Fixing The GRUB Menu

Vincent imnotb at gmail.com
Wed Jan 23 21:15:08 UTC 2008

On 23/01/2008, David Mooney <moondoggy369 at mchsi.com> wrote:
>  If for some odd reason you missed having the Windows operating system and
> you decided to install it on another partition, you will notice your GRUB is
> missing afterwords.  This usually happens and is a huge headache for those
> trying to get their GRUB back.  Here's what you need to do to get it back:
> Put your bootable Ubuntu/Xubuntu install disk in the CD drive and run it.
> Instead of installing anything, click on the menu to open the terminal
> application.
> In terminal mode, type the following:
> sudo grub
> find /boot/grub/stage1
> root (x,y)
> setup (x)
> quit
> sudo shutdown "now" -r
> The resulting "find" command will display something like "(hd0,1)".  In
> this example, you would then type "root (hd0,1)" and then "setup (hd0)" in
> the above area.  These numbers might be different; that's why I included the
> "find" command so that folks who might have their Ubuntu partitions located
> either in front or behind their Windows installation or on a completely
> separate internal/external hard drive so that you will get the
> appropriate/correct setup numbers.
> Ok, now you got your GRUB-on, but what about that darn GRUB menu?  It's
> not displaying what you want it to display? Well, let just see here...
> Upon reboot, select "Recovery Mode", usuaully the second option down on
> the GRUB menu.  This will allow you to boot into the root.  Once you're in
> the terminal mode, type:
> editor /boot/grub/menu.lst
> Well, the rest is pretty much self explanatory.  There should be enough
> comments in the menu.lst to direct you to what you can and cannot do to
> your GRUB menu.lst.
> I usually put the Windows option at the top of the menu so that others
> (none-Linux users) who use my computer can find it easily if they have to do
> a reboot.  Your Windows installation will have a differnt root than your
> Ubuntu/Xubuntu, but it's usually automatically placed by GRUB once it's set
> up again (like the above).  I also recommend removing the timeout option as
> this is sometimes annoying.  Have fun!
> -David :D
> P.S.- If you have a question, I'll be happy to answer to the best of my
> ability.
I got one: would you mind if I checked if I can get this up at
xubuntu.wordpress.com? I think this can be of help to many more people than
those who are subscribed to this mailinglist or browse the archives ;-)

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