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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 162573 5-Sep-2008 21:49
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As it turns out, grub has a command line - just hit the letter c when you get into the menu.
To see if changing the grub menu.lst file is going to make windows boot, type this into the grub command line:

root (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

As is, and press enter after each line.
If it works, then that (except for the boot keyword) needs to go into your menu.list file.

To edit it, do this:
Bring up the run dialog by typing alt+F2
type: gnome-terminal
type: sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

Scroll to the bottom of the file, and add it there, along with a title line like:
title Windows XP Boot

Save, close gedit, and reboot. See if you can select it on the next reboot.

As a bit of a long time linux geek, I began to realise that one of the important, and rarely stressed points about linux: The error messages are actually important - chuck them into google, and see what comes up, sometimes prefixed with the distribution you're using as a keyword.

Personally, where possible, I have one harddrive for Linux, and one harddrive for windows. It just makes things so much simpler as operating systems don't go postal on each other, and tend to play nice, and save me anguish.


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  Reply # 162933 7-Sep-2008 21:05
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Thanks for your reply.

Tried to use the command line, but when I pressed enter, after typing something, it would disappear.

Went and looked at the grub file through gedit anyway, and this was what was there...

default 0
timeout 10

title Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
root (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-generic root=UUID=0f1fe66c-e0cd-4406-9367-e4ec8676d122 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-19-generic

title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic (recovery mode)
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-generic root=UUID=0f1fe66c-e0cd-4406-9367-e4ec8676d122 ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-19-generic

title Ubuntu 8.04.1, memtest86+
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin

title Other operating systems:

title Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
root (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

So it seems, from what I know so far, that everything looks like it should there?


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Master Geek

  Reply # 166029 21-Sep-2008 14:11
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Hi Twophat, how are you getting a long with this? Still having problems? Have you managed to regain control of your Windows Partition?

A few options other than recovering Windows might be to recover your data, by accessing the windows partition, pulling your data accross to the Linux Partition/Another hard drive on your system/An external or USB hard drive, and then starting over, I know this might not sound preferable in terms of time and effort but in the long run you may well be better off.

Please let us know how things are going and how you want to proceeed.

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  Reply # 166153 22-Sep-2008 08:31
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Thats what I have ended up doing - I have pulled out all of the data that I needed and don't (and cant) use the windows partition at all now. Which at the end of the day has been a good thing, and now I cant really see any need to revert back to windows at all.

Because of this, and the fact that I can't access windows anyway, what is the easiest to delete windows off that partition?

Thanks for your reply


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Master Geek

  Reply # 166181 22-Sep-2008 10:11
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You can format the partition and use it as a separate data partition for Linux. I would recommend installing gparted, in case you haven't done so already.

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