GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader) is a multiboot bootloader from the GNU project. This tag is for questions relating to the legacy version of GRUB. Use the GRUB2 tag for questions dealing with GRUB2, a rewritten version.

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Why do I get a GRUB error after deleting the Linux partition?

I had a dual-boot setup with Windows 7 and Windows Vista. I used Easus Partition Manager and shrank my Windows 7 partition. In the empty space, I installed Linux Mint. I decided I didn't want it ...
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Why do Linux installers install more than one kernel?

For instance, my boot menu has three kernel versions, each with a recovery option. Are these extra options for debugging and troubleshooting?
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Windows 8 fails to load after Boot Repair

I've got a Sony Vaio laptop. Until yesterday I had Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) installed. Today I upgraded to Windows 8, which killed my OS selection screen. So I booted to ...
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How to enable boot timeout in Grub2?

I'm am trying to enable the boot timeout selection in grub2 on Ubuntu 9.10. I modified /etc/default/grub: GRUB_DEFAULT=0 #GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0 GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=false GRUB_TIMEOUT=2 ...
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Grub rescue, unknown file system. Can't boot into Windows 7

I am confused, so I am also going to use this question to get clarification and fix my computer. Some background: I had Windows 7 on a 1 TB HDD and decided to partition my hard drive into two ~500 GB ...
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How can I get rid of an old HDD that my PC currenty relies on to boot?

So, this was kind of interesting. I have Windows installed on a 500 Gb hard drive, and there's been an additional 80 Gb drive sitting inside my tower for a couple of years, collecting dust (I don't ...
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How to uninstall GRUB and get windows 7 bootloader back?

I have windows 7 home premium currently installed and I have just recently installed Linux Mint and it has replaced my MBR with GRUB. Is there any way I can restore the normal Windows 7 Boot Loader ...
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How do I install GRUB to a partiton and not MBR?

I am trying to dual boot Windows and Linux. I would like to continue using the Windows bootloader in my MBR. I installed Windows 7 first. During the install I left some unallocated space that I ...
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ubuntu 10.04 console resolution

I have installed Ubuntu 10.04 on my HP Pavilion dv6000 After I installed it, the text in the console (when I press ALT+F1) was small and the console had a good resolution (I think the same as my LCD, ...
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How to create multiboot flash drive

I've found a guide here: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/boot-multiple-iso-from-usb-multiboot-usb/ And found this menu.lst in my flash drive, which seems to be the one that I'm seeing when I boot using ...
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grub error: symbol 'grub_puts_' not found

I updated from Ubuntu 9.10 to 10.04, and after installation, the computer restarted. When grub loaded, all I get is a screen that says error: symbol 'grub_puts' not found and a useless grub prompt ...
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How can I make Grub recognise my old Linux Partition

Problem: I have two partitions. On one I have installed Fedora 9 and on my other partition I just installed Fedora 12. Now that I've installed Fedora 12 I can't get Grub to boot the old partition. ...
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Can I dual boot Linux and Windows 7 but use the Windows bootloader instead of GRUB?

Is it possible to have the Windows bootloader point to Windows 7 and a Linux partition instead of using GRUB to point to Windows 7 and Linux? Any links to tutorials, guides, or how-tos would be ...
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How to move the Windows 7 bootloader to the Windows 7 partition?

I recently installed Windows 7 in a triple boot setup alongside XP and Linux. When I was finished and was in the process of restoring the bootloader for Linux I discovered something strange about what ...
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grub2 error: out of disk

I'm trying to make a 250G USB hard disk Ubuntu-bootable on a Compaq nc6220 laptop. I've removed all other disks, so /dev/sda (the USB disk) is the only disk other than CDROM. I installed Ubuntu 9.10 ...
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Dual booting Windows 2k3 Server and Linux MBR

I have Windows Server 2003 and Linux installed on one hard drive [on separate partitions]. My first partition is the linux boot partition, and maintains Grub. When I boot the Windows partition and ...
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How to remove Ubuntu options when starting my computer

After I installed Ubuntu it began to update and when I start my computer I have Windows and about 5 or 6 Ubuntu options. How can I remove all of them without the last one ?
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Why does GRUB load after I select my Ubuntu Partition from Windows Boot Manager?

So first of all I'm running Windows 7 on one drive, and Ubuntu 9.04 on another. I downloaded and installed Easy BCD 2.0, which I have to say is an excellent piece of software. I used to have grub as ...
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Could you have a hard drive imaging option in Grub?

I really like HD imaging programs, such as Norton Ghost, but I find that I don't run then as often as I should. Would it be possible to have, in Grub, the following menu items: ? Boot from hard ...
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Make bootable iso with grub chainloading

My parents' pc has windows 7's boot manager installed at MBR and grub2 is installed on /dev/sda2 (booting linux on /dev/sda2). I want to make a bootable cd so that when booted from it just chainloads ...
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How to make a GRUB2 Floppy?

Hey all, I want to make a GRUB2 floppy disk with an ext2 filesystem that I can use to load something on the disk via multiboot. I'm working on debian unstable, and I don't think it has legacy GRUB on ...
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How do I move grub so that it's not on the MBR (so I can choose win7 / linux / osX from the refit menu)

I've got a triple boot system with OSX, Ubuntu and Windows 7. Currently when I boot I get the refit menu first which sees all the partitions nicely, and if I choose os X it works just dandy, but if I ...
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One USB flash drive to rule them all

Yesterday I purchased a 32GB USB flash drive. I have a myrid of systems in my home, and would like to have one flash drive with setup files for all the various systems throughout the house. I kept ...
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Adding an ISO to GRUB2 boot options

I am trying to add an ISO (alternate distro of ubuntu ) to my GRUB . This is the output of fdisk -l: FDISK OUTPUT Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 ...
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I can't boot to Ubuntu after installing Windows 7

I installed Ubuntu 10.04 and it is working properly, but today I installed Windows 7 to another partition, and now I did not get any boot menu and automatically Windows is working fine still. Is ...
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3TB SATA hard drives into an old Linux system

I have a 3 year old PC with 4 internal SATA ports. My old SATA hard drives, all smaller than 2TB, work fine. If I buy a 3TB SATA hard drive, will it work in Linux? Will Linux with GRUB be able boot ...
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GRUB: how find partition number (hd0,x)?

i am playing with grub and i change the root using: root (hda,x) how can i know what's x for /dev/sda7 ? fdisk -l Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * ...
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How to load previous kernel via ssh?

I work remotely on my work computer. I am also the root of the workstation that I am sharing with my colleague. Yesterday, I upgraded the kernel to 2.6.31-17 when asked by the update manager but ...
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Linux partition deleted, GRUB no longer boots

My notebook computer came with Vista and I installed Ubuntu on 2 partitions and kubuntu on another partition. After a while, I wanted to delete one of the Ubuntu partition, so I did it in Vista's ...
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Install Ubuntu to drive B without impacting drive A

Simple question, I have two drives, Drive A and Drive B. I have Windows XP installed to Drive A and I want to install Ubuntu to Drive B. Is there a way to install Ubuntu to Drive B without it ...
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Repair grub mbr and /boot using ubuntu 9.04 live CD

I have broken my boot sequence on my XP/Vista/Ubuntu box. I wish to restore the system back to the way that Ubuntu 9.04 (last installed OS) had it setup. I want to do only the mbr and /boot on the ...
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Triple booting Windows 8 Consumer Preview with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10

I already have Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10 installed on my laptop, and would like to add Windows 8 Consumer Preview to that list. Here's some information which may be relevant to this question: The ...
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encrypt multiple systems (Windows 7 + deb)

I've installed two operating system on single drive with 3 partitions (#1 Windows 7, #2 Debian Squeeze, #some data). Grub 2 is installed in MBR and lets me choose which system to boot. I would encrypt ...
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Make GRUB automatically boot Ubuntu

I am running a dual-boot with Ubuntu (10.10) and Windows 7. Recently I edited my /boot/grub/grub.cfg file to only show one version of Ubuntu (as opposed to several kernel versions) and Windows, simply ...
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Debian grub2 update removed Windows boot option

Since I updated grub to grub 2 I no longer get the option to boot to Windows (which is unfortunately sometimes necessary for proprietary MSIE browser plugins I need to use for work). Relevant ...
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“Reinstalling” the Windows 7 boot manager

I've run into an interesting predicament. I've got two HDD's, one running Windows XP (Primary) and another running Windows 7 (Secondary). I recently installed Gentoo over the XP installation and used ...
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Does rebuilding the BCD affect the MBR?

I'm dual booting Linux Mint and Windows 7, and windows 7 is having a "device inaccessible" error preventing it from booting. I'm using grub for my MBR. From what I understand, the BCD is what ...
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Grub; Usb keyboard works sometimes, not always

If I wait for grub to startup and I do nothing, the usb keyboard will not work and the computer never boots into anything. If I use the usb keyboard to enter into bios and then exit it, or if I just ...
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LVM and cloning HDs

Using Linux, I have several backup levels. One of them is a periodical sector by sector copy (using dd) of my laptop harddisk to an external USB disk. Yes, I have other backups too, like remote rsync. ...
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How can I fix a “no such partition Grub Rescue” error?

Earlier I installed Ubuntu 10.04 from a USB flash drive. Since the system was unable to detect Ubuntu in the initial menu that appears on reoboting, I deleted the partition onto which I had installed ...
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How do I install GRUB to a USB drive using Windows Vista?

I'm trying to build my recovery usb key drive. I'd like to use GRUB as my bootloader. How do I install GRUB to my usb's MBR? Lots of examples out there seem to expect I'm running Linux.
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Installing Windows 7 on a dual boot machine

My current setup is a dual boot of XP and Ubuntu 9.04. Installed Ubuntu after XP and dual booting with GRUB. I want to install Windows 7 now to make it a triple boot system without disturbing my ...
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How to replace GRUB boot loader, from within Windows?

I have dual boot (Debian and Windows XP), and the boot is from GRUB. I want to remove Linux and grub, and restore the Windows boot. However, I cannot use installation CD to restore the MBR. Thus, I ...
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Problems with Windows boot loader and Grub. How to make one primary and the other secondary?

I had a working Windows 7 + Ubuntu 10.10 setup where my primary boot loader was that of Windows 7 and from there when I went on Ubuntu, it took me to Grub. When I updated to Ubuntu 11.04 it made Grub ...
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Fixing bad Windows partition and startup with Linux

Here is what happened: Don't have enough space on my Windows partition Delete the stock "recovery" partition to make space Enlarge the Win partition Software messes up the Windows boot Go under ...
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windows 7 not booting after ubuntu partition deletion

I had on my laptop windows 7 and ubuntu server 9.10 (the partition with windows 7 was automatically selected at boot time). Today I wanted to install ubuntu 10.4, and for that I deleted the 9.10 ...
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grub: how to boot into ISO partition

I have copied an ISO file into a partition (i.e. dd if=isofile of=/dev/sdb1). How can I boot into that partition via GRUB? When I try just with chainloader (hd1,0)+1, it says unknown executable ...
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Bypass hibernate on boot on Ubuntu

I have a problem where Ubuntu is shutting down immediately after restarting from Hibernate. I want to boot without Hibernating. Can I use grub options/commands to set it to ignore the Hibernate image ...
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Dual boot GRUB error

I recently vacuumed my computer, and when I turned it on afterwards I got a grub error saying no such device. I have a 80 Gb SSD running Win 7 and a 500 Gb spinny where Ubuntu wa installed. When I ...
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Laptop gets GRUB error 21 when turned on without external hard drive (w/ Linux) attached

I have Windows Vista on my notebook's internal hard drive and Kubuntu Linux on the external hard drive. My notebook has lost all portability because it cannot boot into Windows without the external ...