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This isn't going to be terribly helpful in your friend's case (unless there's a way I'm unaware of to get plop on the device in the first place -- maybe a usb cd-rom, or usb floppy drive?), but this is a terrific little application, which has helped me rig a number of old machines to boot off of usbs when their bios wouldn't allow it. Plop Boot Manager


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Problem solved. I found on a website that I had to add reboot=bios to my GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT field in my /etc/default/burg file, like this: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash vga=791 reboot=bios" Here is my reference (that problem also happens with GRUB): https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2#Fixing_reboot.2Fshutdown_freezes


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Your path has to look like this: menuentry "Windows 7" { insmod part_gpt insmod chain set root='(hd0,gpt1)' chainloader /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi } It's because you are running on an EFI system, you can't use BIOS setup to start grub.


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All windows installers (at least the ones that I've used from 3.1 to Win 7) install their own bootloader if one is not found (and of course, it does not recognize Grub or Lilo). What you need to do is reinstall grub, by booting up linux somehow (live CD, the install image, or a USB install. It doesn't matter, really), and run this command: grub-install ...


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Have you tested the hard drive to see if there are errors? Check your SMART logs and run something like Spinrite or Drive Fitness Test. To me that sounds like read errors (bad sectors) causing the error correction rate to be too high where the hard drive gives up.


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As it is hard to understand exactly what is the cause of your problem, I will take a guess. I guess, you are using GPT partition scheme, as your hard drive is pretty large and it used to be UEFI based. Check this out. And a quote from the link: While GPT support on BIOS systems is theoretically possible it sometimes isn't practical and other times ...



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