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Windows 7 Home Premium  
Intel i5 2500k CPU  
ASUSP8Z68-V PRO motherboard  
GeForce GTX 570 GPU  
Corsair 120Gb SSD (Windows 7 OS)  

I select the USB drive in the BIOS and boot to it and choose install. I select to manually configure partitions, partition the 200 GB of unallocated space on my 1 TB HDD into 16 GB swap file, 30 GB / ext4, and 154 GB /home ext4.

I make sure that the boot loader is installed to corsair 120Gb SSD (where the Windows boot is) and the installation goes smoothly.

When I reboot after the install it runs through the BIOS straight into Windows. I have tried upwards of a dozen times and I have also tried with Linux Mint. I have also redownloaded the ISO and used two different programs to create the live USB.

The installation seems to go well as, after the install, I can see the partitions I have created in the windows device manager.

screenshot of windows device manager showing Ubuntu & Windows partitions

I currently run Lubuntu on my laptop but it is not a dual boot. I'm assuming this is a boot loader issue and I am assuming that inside those partitioned files in my screenshot there is a working OS of ubuntu 12.04. I just have no way of getting to it.

UPDATE (copied from comment)

I booted using my Live USB and used the boot-repair tool suggested in virpara's answer.

Upon opening the tool I saw that it was recognizing my SSD as a removeable drive and defaulting to install on the HDD. Once I realized that I was able to force install onto the SDD. My computer can now boot Ubuntu.

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Yes they do and it looks much better, Thanks :) – Alkatraz Jun 3 '12 at 12:47
up vote 4 down vote accepted

you should re-install grub. check my answer here. It is done through GUI tool.

By the way I don't like to give link to answer but it doesn't worth just copy and paste it again and again.

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yes i did see that but how do i reinstall grub from linux if i cannot boot to the linux i installed? if i reinstall from a live USB will it have the same effect? – Alkatraz Jun 2 '12 at 4:07
Yes it will - though I do not like that tool - it has caused some people issues. I used the information here -… – 23 93 26 35 19 57 3 89 Jun 2 '12 at 4:14
@Alkatraz boot into live cd and follow steps. – virpara Jun 2 '12 at 4:17
@Elfy that page is really fantastic. I often check it but recommend use of GUI tools for new user. – virpara Jun 2 '12 at 4:25
So do I if I know there's no problems - obviously ymmv:) When I was a new user I used to fix things that way - no GUI. – 23 93 26 35 19 57 3 89 Jun 2 '12 at 4:27

I also posted an answer to a question that's really similar to yours.

If you saw nothing after you chose the GRUB Entry that means your GRUB didn't install properly.

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it will work only if grub2 is installed on sdaX rather than sda and if OP wants to use windows boot loader. – virpara Jun 2 '12 at 4:45

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