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I have Windows XP and Ubuntu on dual boot - loaded with grub. It worked fine until I upgraded Ubuntu to 10.04 and now when I select Windows XP at the grub screen, it goes black for a few seconds, then returns to grub. Any ideas on how to fix this?

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I have found an answer. This guide worked like a charm.

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I had to create/modify /etc/grub.d/11_Windows to boot WinXP...

#! /bin/sh -e  
echo "Adding Windows XP" >&2  
cat << EOF  
menuentry "Windows XP" {  
insmod ntfs  
set root=(hd1,1)  
drivemap -s (hd0) \${root}  
chainloader +1  
}  
EOF  

Then of course run update-grub and reboot...

Dell Optiplex GX520 2GB Ram 500GB Sata - Ubuntu 9.10 (/dev/sda) 250GB Sata - WinXP Professional (/dev/sdb)

Found that os-prober and thus 30_os-prober were NOT working so WinXP was not detected. Still researching why os-prober isn't detecting WinXP. I have three other systems, Debian 5 (64bit)/Win7 Ultimate (ASUS P6T), Ubuntu 10.04/WinXP (EPOX EP-4PLMI) and Ubuntu 9.10/WinXP (HP Pavilion dv8000 laptop) and on these os-prober/30_os-prober work fine.

Hope this helps some...

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