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  Creating a Dual-Boot Windows XP and Ubuntu Laptop
Subject:   grub error
Date:   2006-08-08 08:44:19
From:   kfarnham
Response to: grub error

Are you still able to get into Windows? That is, does the Windows bootloader come up first, and let you select Windows or Ubuntu? or do you immediately see the grub prompt? If the latter, then your reinstallation of Ubuntu overwrote the Windows bootloader and installed grub, but the grub installation has failed to identify the presence of any operating systems on the computer.


If the Windows bootloader is still letting you select Windows or Ubuntu, and you see the grub prompt but nothing else when you select Ubuntu, then your reinstallation of Ubuntu did not work.

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  • grub error
    2006-08-09 07:08:41  treed [View]

    The Windows boot loader still comes up and lets me select between the two. Its when I select Ubuntu that I get the word grub,a blinking curser and nothing else. At this point, do I try to reinstall Ubuntu again? I've done this a couple of times and I have even moved the partition a little by shrinking the Windows partition. Thanks so much for your help.
    • grub error
      2006-08-09 18:25:15  Kevin Farnham | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

      It sounds like Grub is not aware of any operating systems being available for loading. This implies the Ubuntu installation either did not complete, or it didn't create its entry in the Grub menu.lst file .

      If you boot using the CD, you should see menu.lst located in the /boot/grub directory of the bootable partition where you have installed Ubuntu. In directory /boot you should see files that start with "vmlinuz" and "initrd". In file menu.lst, you would see references to these files, if the grub/ubuntu installation worked correctly.

      That grub does not provide you with any boot options implies you won't see any "vmlinuz*" or "initrd*" files referenced in menu.lst. Is that indeed the case?